Riaan is a quantitative economist with more than 12 years’ consulting, research and teaching experience. He is currently an independent consultant, honorary research fellow at Maastricht School of Management and extraordinary associate professor of economics in the TRADE (Trade and Development) research focus area at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. He has wide-ranging knowledge in most economic sectors as well as economic development as a whole. In recent years he has specialised in the social and economic dimensions of inequality, economic impact assessment, decision support systems as well as applied or computable general equilibrium modelling, particularly as applied in the African (and South African) contexts, with a special focus on regional disparities, labour markets, fiscal reform, tourism, energy policy, development planning and international trade. Riaan has carried out consultancy work for numerous entities (both local and international), including governmental departments, financial institutions, private companies, international organisations, international business schools, and real economy institutions such as mining houses, freight transport companies and utility providers. He has a great deal of field experience in Southern Africa and abroad, and has taught both local and international students and development practitioners.
Riaan holds a B.Com. (Economics and Information Systems), Honours B.Com. (Economics) and M.Com. (Economics) cum laude from the North-West University (NWU), a Ph.D. (Economics) from the NWU, and an Advanced Certificate in International Trade (Exports) from the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA).