Mr Johan Burger
Mr Johan Burger is the Director of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies. He has an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (cum laude), two honours degrees from the University of Stellenbosch (Business Management - cum laude; Military History – cum laude), an honours degree in Strategic Studies (cum laude) from the University of South Africa, and a bachelors degree in Military Science (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch.
Prior to joining CAS, Johan was the Director of International Programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where he taught Strategic Management and Fundamentals of Management. He was also involved in teaching on the executive education programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Given these appointments, Johan has developed an extensive academic network in Africa and business schools, amongst others in Europe and North America.
Johan has extensive business experience in South Africa. He was the managing director of an insurance underwriting company in South Africa, as well as the chief executive officer of the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Education Ltd. He has developed an extensive business network in South Africa due to these appointments.
His research interests are in Strategic Management, business models, emerging markets, market development in Africa, systems thinking, financial analysis, innovation, and international business.
Johan, a South African, is excited about the prospects CAS holds for the Africa/Asia business connections and trade ties and looks forward to contributing to the Centre’s mission of promoting knowledge and expertise on Africa.
Mr Otavio Veras
Mr. Otavio is a Research Associate at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME), a military school in Brazil ranked as one of the best engineering schools in Latin America. Otavio also has a post-graduation degree in Oil and Gas Offshore Systems from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Master in Business Administration degree from INSEAD. His MBA was fully taken in the Singaporean branch of INSEAD.
Before joining CAS, Otavio worked for a total of 11 years, being 8 years in O&G and 3 years in Mining. Within the Oil and Gas industry, he held roles ranging from Structural Subsea Engineer and Project Manager to Business Intelligence Analyst. In Mining he worked as a Commercial and Logistics Analyst. Throughout his career Otavio has worked in various locations: Brazil, US, UK, Malaysia, Norway and Singapore.
His preferred research topics are in the commodities markets, infrastructure and science development. Otavio is enthusiastic with the perspectives of helping create business opportunities for Asian companies willing to settle or expand in Africa.
Dr Rafiq Raji
Dr. Rafiq Raji is an adjunct researcher and regional representative at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies at Nanyang Business School, Singapore. He represents the centre's interests on-the-ground in Africa.
An avid writer, Dr Raji's writings have been featured in prestigious publications like BusinessDay, Africa Investor, The Africa Report, African Business, New African, African Banker and How We Made It In Africa. He has been interviewed on radio by the BBC and on TV by Al-Jazeera. Dr Raji was previously an Africa Economist at Standard Chartered Bank in London. Before joining the Global Research team at Standard Chartered, Dr. Raji worked with various teams at its Nigerian franchise, gaining experience in credit risk, asset & liability management, and capital markets.
Dr. Raji earned an MBA from the Lagos Business School, Nigeria and a PhD in Financial Economics from Wits Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.