Goolam Ballim

Chief Economist, Head: Standard Bank Research
Standard Bank Group

Goolam is the chief economist and head of research for the Standard Bank Group, having served in this role since May 2004.

The bank’s commercial emphasis is on Africa and the research function supports this endeavor.

Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing.

Goolam and his team consistently earns accolades for macroeconomic research on Africa as well as numerous sectoral, industry and financial markets honors. Most recently, in May, Standard Bank Research was judged the Best Research House in the coveted Financial Mail survey.

Goolam’s interest spans politics, the real economy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.