Economics, Management Science and Information Systems

Professor Emeritus
Wits Business School
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Prof Ahwireng-Obeng has published widely, both locally and internationally, on development economics, entrepreneurship and small business. He was awarded for publishing the best paper in the South African Journal of Business Management.

Professor Frederick Ahwireng-Obeng joined Wits Business School in 1995 and is a tenured full professor of business administration (economics). He has been an Emeritus Professor since 2009 and has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of post graduate students in several universities across South Africa since then.

He is published widely, both locally and internationally, in the fields of development economics, entrepreneurship and small business. He was awarded a gold medal by the SA Association of Business Managers for publishing the best paper in the South African Journal of Business Management in 2001.

Frederick holds senior positions in a number of professional bodies and is a board member of the International African Institute based at the University of London. He also serves as a specialist reviewer for eight academic journals. Frederick was a visiting scholar at the University of Indiana, USA, in 1999, and a visiting professor at the Brisbane Business School, Queensland University of Technology, in 2000.

He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds, UK. In his early career he consulted extensively for the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation. After completing his doctoral studies in 1981, Frederick taught economics at a number of universities in Nigeria and South Africa, joining the Department of Economics at Wits University as a senior lecturer in 1990.

He is still actively involved in research and publication.


Professor Imhotep Alagidede

Academic Director

Prof Alagidede’s extensive academic career has taken him to the UK, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, China and Finland. He has published widely on development and financial economics in top tier peer reviewed journals and contributed to policy relevant research in African economies.

Professor Imhotep Alagidede has held a number of visiting and permanent professorship positions in a number of leading institutions including the University of Stirling and Greenwich (UK); Rhodes University, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch (South Africa); the African Economic Research Consortium (Kenya); United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (Finland) and X’ian-Jiatong Liverpool University (China).

In terms of research, Imhotep's focus has been on capital market development in emerging market economies, macroeconomics shocks and uncertainty and the link between financial development and economic growth. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the African Review of Economics and Finance and the Ghanaian Journal of Economics as well as the executive director of the research and policy think tank, the African Finance and Economics Consult. Imhotep is an award-winning rated researcher with a number of research grants from the National Research Foundation, the Freidel Sellschop Foundation and the International Growth Centre.

Imhotep obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics and history (first class honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and holds a master’s degree in economics and finance (with distinction) and a PhD in economics from Loughborough University, UK.

Associate Professor

Professor Terri Carmichael teaches in the area of research methodology. She loves reading, writing and doing qualitative and mixed methods research across a wide range of topics, including management education, management competence, diversity and culture.

Professor Terri Carmichael is an associate professor of management education at Wits Business School, having joined the school as a lecturer in 2003. She teaches MBAs, Masters and PhD students in the areas of qualitative and mixed methods research methodology, and has a number of publications in the abovementioned areas.

After obtaining her BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, her career path began with the Government of Zimbabwe in plant research, before moving to South Africa where she took up a post in the pharmaceutical industry, working variously in sales, marketing, human resources and training, and travelling extensively in the course of her employment. Prof Carmichael also ran her own HR development consultancy before joining WBS, completing her Masters in Management and PhD during that time.

Dr Renee Horne is senior lecturer of business in Africa, emerging markets and economics, and director of International Relations at WBS. She is an award-winning political journalist, war correspondent, editor and political economist

She is a lecturer and speaker on political economy and international relations in Africa and the Middle East, and is passionate about enterprise and skills development. 

She has advised governments, media and businesses on the political and economic policy of South Africa, Iraq, Kenya, the Democratic of Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Uganda. She also headed up the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Unit. She has interviewed politicians and presidents, and advised governments, media and businesses on the political and economic policies of African and Middle East countries.

Dr Horne has worked with institutions such as Transparency International, Delta Economics, Royal Africa Society, Exclusive Analysis, Royal United Services Institute, BBC, SKY, ITV, SABC and the World Entrepreneur Society. She has interviewed politicians, high-profile personalities and presidents, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Trevor Manuel, Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres.

Dr Renee Horne
Director of International Relations, Senior Lecturer & Lead Academic: Business in Africa
Wits Business School
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