Senior Political Economist, Standard Bank
Simon Freemantle is a Senior Political Economist in Standard Bank’s global research team. Having joined Standard Bank in 2008 Simon first spent 2 years working from the bank’s Nairobi office as an East African Economist. In his current role, Simon is responsible for analysing the structural (macroeconomic and political) trends and dynamics shaping Africa’s broader outlook. Included in this analysis is an interrogation of Africa’s relationships with non-traditional partners, hinged on the BRICS. In 2011 Simon, together with a colleague, was named the top emerging markets research team by London-based publication Emerging Markets. Simon is also the bank’s dedicated South Africa political analyst, primarily serving both the local and international institutional investor community. In 2015 Simon was ranked 1st in South Africa in the Politics and Industrial Relations category of the Financial Mail’s annual Ranking the Analysts Awards; in 2010 Simon also led a team which was ranked 1st in the Other African Economies and Markets category. Simon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Economics as well as Honours in International Studies (cum laude), and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Amsterdam. Simon has also studied short courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. Simon is a regular presenter on political and economic issues relating to SA and Africa on a variety of local and international platforms. Simon has also addressed audiences at both the New York University Stern Business School and the Columbia Business School. In September 2015 Simon delivered a talk at TEDx (Stellenbosch) the rising demographic, urbanization and communication trends in Africa.