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.


Research Associate

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 consultant 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.




Dr Joel Ng

Dr Joel Ng is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU.

His research covers regional integration in the Global South, focusing on ASEAN and the African Union in particular. His research for the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies focuses on how businesses respond to policy-making and the multilateral frameworks of Africa's regional economic communities. He has previously worked in the non-profit and private sectors, working on refugee issues and investor relations respectively.

Joel Ng has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was an Oxford-Swire scholar, and also holds a MA (Distinction) from the University of Sussex, and a BA (Hons) from the University of East Anglia.




Mr. Collins Sifuma

Mr. Collins Sifuma is a consultant at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies at Nanyang Business School, Singapore. His research for the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies focuses on the current state of affairs in the East Africa region from a business perspective. He is an auditor with the Government of Kenya for the past 7 years. He is also an entrepreneur with interests in education and is involved in a training college in Nairobi.

Collins has an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa, and a BSc in Applied Computer Science from Daystar University. He is a Certified Public Accountant Finalist, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.




Dr. Densua Mumford

Dr. Densua Mumford is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in the Netherlands.

Her research focuses on the international relations and foreign policy of African states, particularly their regional integration organisations. Her work for the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies highlights the relationship between regional organisations and the private sector, particularly how regional policy-making can enhance economic integration by facilitating cross-border business activities.

Densua Mumford has a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She also holds a MA from the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, as well as a BA from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

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