Finance and Accounting


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 Paul 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, Paul’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. Paul 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.

Paul 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.

Paul Alagidede
Wits Business School

Senior Lecturer (Finance & Accounting)
Deputy Director (MBA Block Release)

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli has been involved in lecturing finance and accounting for over 105years and has won several academic awards including Fulbright Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar and the Lesotho Institute of Accountants Award.

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli is a senior lecturer in finance and accounting as well as MBA Deputy Director (Block Release Program)at Wits Business School. She has been involved in lecturing finance and accounting for over 15 years. Prior to joining WBS, she was a Senior lecturer at Wits School of Accountancy, a lecturer and Head of Department at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and a Finance Officer at Standard Chartered Bank.

Her research interests include Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy and its effectiveness, behavioural issues in finance and investment, capital markets, financial reporting and disclosure, market-based accounting research and content analysis of accounting narratives.

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli is an ad hoc reviewer of various finance and accounting journals. She has won several academic awards including Fulbright Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar and the Lesotho Institute of Accountants Award for Best Student in Accounting.

Professor of Finance & Director of International Programmes

Prof Kalu has lived, studied and worked in several regions around the world including North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is an active researcher and editor and has produced several extensively recognised articles.

Professor Kalu Ojah is a full professor (finance), director of International Programmes and director of the Master in Finance and Investment at WBS. He has garnered invaluable socio-cultural experiences by living, studying and working in several regions of the world including North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He holds both a PhD and MFn in Finance (Saint Louis, USA) and a BSc in Management/ Economics (Oral Roberts University, USA). Kalu has also taught and researched at major business schools in America, Spain, United Arab Emirates and South Africa and was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Kalu is a very active researcher and has published many peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, many of which have been cited and awarded. Kalu also fulfils several editorial and reviewer roles. He is frequently invited by the media to provide expert views on contemporary financial economics issues and often engages in thought leadership debates and presentations.

Kalu Ojah
Professor of Finance & Director of International Programmes
Wits Business School

Professor Kodongo, Associate Professor in Finance, has a wealth of teaching and research experience with articles published in several outstanding academic journals. He is the editor of Africagrowth Agenda journal and a founder member of African Development and Financial Economists Institute.

Prof Odongo Kodongo has a wealth of experience in several areas of Finance, having held several permanent and visiting positions in various universities. He has also played an active role in coordinating, developing and reviewing finance curricula. He currently teaches corporate finance, capital budgeting and project finance, investment banking, and commercial real estate finance at Wits Business School.

Prof Kodongo’s research interests are in the pricing of risk, financial markets, corporate finance and real estate and infrastructure financing. His research articles have appeared in such outstanding academic journals as Journal of Banking and Finance, Emerging Markets Review, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets Institutions and Money among many others. He has also authored several chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Elgar and others.

Prof Kodongo is the editor of Africagrowth Agenda journal and reviews for several journals. He is among the founders and an active member of African Development and Financial Economists Institute (ADEFEI).

Dr Thanti Mthanti is a senior lecturer in finance at Wits Business School. He teaches finance in the MBA and MMFI programmes. Thanti holds a PhD (Finance) from Wits Business School (WBS) and the Professional Risk Manager (PRM) Charter from PRMIA. Thanti’s research interests are mainly in development economics and risk management, with a particular focus on Africa.

Prof Schaling has been an adviser to the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance, SADC, IMF, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Presidency.

Professor Eric Schaling holds the Jelle Zijlstra Chair of International Finance at Wits Business School. He moved from The Netherlands to South Africa in 1998 when he was appointed professor of economics at the University of Johannesburg. He has been an adviser to the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and SADC, to name a few. He was appointed South African Reserve Bank Chair at the University of Pretoria in 2007.

Eric studied macroeconomics at the Faculty of Economic and Business Administration at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. After obtaining his doctorate there he joined the Monetary Analysis Division of the Bank of England. He has been a consultant to the IMF, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Presidency and was appointed Fellow at the Centre for Economic Research at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, in 2004.

Prof Eric Schaling
Professor & Jelle Zijlstra Chair of International Finance
Wits Business School 

Derek’s contribution to Investments and Finance spans academia and business. He has managed multiple funds with South African and African assets and lectures in all areas of finance.  This joint focus allows him to bring dynamic and contemporary ideas to this constantly evolving art.

Derek Seely has a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (Business Economics) from Wits University in Johannesburg as well as a joint (MBA) from WBS and Duke University in the United States. He is currently undertaking a PhD though the Gordon Institute of Business Science.  Derek holds the International Certificate in Treasury Management (CertITM)– London; all South African Registered Persons Examinations.  He is a Registered Equities trader with JSE; Registered Senior Derivatives dealer with Safex and Registered bond dealer.  He has completed SFA Registered Persons Examinations in London, RE1 & RE3– FAIS Exam in South Africa. 

Derek Seely began his financial markets career at Gensec bank managing proprietary equity trading portfolios; he was instrumental in the creation of Sanlam Securities, an independent stockbroker on the JSE where he occupied the position of director and managed new business development and head of bond trading.  His responsibilities included liquidity for the first Exchange Traded Fund in South Africa – Satrix; delta one derivatives and interdealer broking.    Derek headed Sanlam Capital Markets “Multi Strategy and Multi-disciplinary” hedge fund for eight years, the fund held positions in equities, bonds and currencies.  As head of the fund he was responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and managing portfolio risk. Derek is currently the fund manager for the Lombard Africa Fund.

Derek’s research is primarily in the area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship funding. He lecturers’ a variety of subjects at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level for some of South Africa’s leading independent and public universities.  Subjects include Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, International Finance, Financial Strategy, Investments, Investment Analytics. Further, he provides corporate financial training services to a range of South Africa’s largest investment institutions.

Jones Odei Mensah is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance. He currently teaches Time Series Econometrics, Applied Financial Econometrics, Economics, and Finance and Investment Decisions at WBS.

Jones’ primary research interest is in financial interconnectedness, particularly tail risk co-movement, systemic spillovers, market integration and its implications for portfolio diversification.

He has also worked on the dependence structure among emerging and advanced financial markets, fiscal sustainability and the nexus between infrastructure and growth. His research articles have appeared in international peer reviewed journals, including but not limited to, the Singapore Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Research in International Business and Finance, Japan and the World Economy, and the Journal of Property Investment and Finance. He has also authored a book chapter published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier.

Jones is the editor of the Ghanaian Journal of Economics and serves on other editorial boards including the International Journal of Comparative Management and the Journal of African Political Economy and Development. He is also the Director of Finance, Investment and Social Development of the research think tank, African Finance and Economics Consult (AFEC).

Jones received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and he holds a Master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Business and Economics at the University of Brunei Darussalam. He held a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Wits Business School from 2015-2017.

He has also been involved in private consulting in the areas of Finance and Economics.