Head of School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand
Jannie Rossouw was born in Stellenbosch and matriculated at the Menlopark High School in Pretoria. He completed the M.Com (Economics) and MBA degrees at the University of Pretoria and a PhD degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He is Head of School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand with an academic appointment at professorial level. He joined Wits in this capacity on 1 February 2016 after his retirement as a Deputy General Manager of the South African Reserve Bank (Head: Currency Management).
He has published widely and often addresses conferences and other interest groups. His publications include a book on the SA Reserve Bank, a number of book chapters and more than 30 papers in accredited academic journals.
His areas of research are inflation perceptions and inflation credibility, ownership structures of central banks with private shareholders and fiscal sustainability in South Africa. In 2014 he published a research paper on South Africa’s looming fiscal cliff and this matter has since attracted considerable attention in South Africa.
Jannie established himself as a political economist and regularly comments in the media on economic and political developments in South Africa.
He is a member of the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (L.Akad.SA) and serves on its Audit and Risk Management Committee. He also chairs the Audit Committee of the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument in Paarl and serves as an alternate member of the Gauteng Consumer Affairs Court. He is Vice-President of the Economic Society of South Africa.