Board of directors

Dr Azar Jammine

BSc (Hons) Mathematical Statistics (Wits)
BA (Hons) Economics (Wits)
M.Sc Economics (London School of Economics)
PhD Economics (London Business School)

Chairman of the Board, SALCOC

Dr Jammine matriculated at Pretoria Boys’ High School after which he did a BSc Honours in Mathematical Statistics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He represented Wits and Transvaal Under 20 at rugby. During the period 1970 – 75 he was employed as Investment Analyst at Senbank and subsequently at Stockbrokers Martin & Co, now JP Morgan, during which time he completed a B.A. Honours in Economics, Cum Laude, part-time at Wits. In 1976, Dr Jammine completed his M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics, followed by his PhD at the London Business School after which he was awarded a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Business Strategy of the School. In order to pay his way whilst working on his PhD, Dr Jammine used his knowledge of six languages to conduct numerous international business consultancy projects in Europe, North America and the Far East, covering a wide variety of industries. Dr Jammine returned to South Africa in December 1985 to take the position of Director and Chief Economist of Econometrix (Pty) Limited. He has occupied that position ever since.

Dr Jammine has published a number of articles in international strategic management journals and is co-author of “McGregor’s Economic Alternatives”, “Trends Transforming South Africa” and “Mindset for the New Generation on South Africa”, all published by Juta’s. Dr Jammine’s contribution to McGregor’s Economic Alternatives was used by the ANC as a setwork in the organisation’s internal training programme prior to taking power in 1994. Dr Jammine has presented papers on the South African Economy at conferences in Washington, New York, London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Paris, Phuket, Bahrain, The Hague, Mauritius, Dubai, Harare, Victoria Falls and Accra. In this capacity he has also been invited over the years by several corporations, many of them being listed companies, to serve as independent non-executive director. Dr Jammine currently sits on the board of York Timbers, ETM Analytics and Iron Fireman (Pty) Ltd. He is an executive director of the General Council of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA). Dr Jammine was until recently a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, a body of experts appointed by the Department of Science and Technology where he was project leader of the annual production of a booklet of data detailing the state of science, technology and innovation in South Africa. He still assists NACI on an ad-hoc basis. Dr Jammine has also been appointed to the Saheti Trust, the Foundation body for the Saheti School as well as to the Foundation Board of the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Jammine was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The South African Professional Services Awards (sponsored by Sanlam).

Dr Jammine has conducted over 5000 presentations to leading client corporations and other institutions as well as at conferences dealing with the local and international economic environment. Dr Jammine has been quoted over the years in more than 3000 newspaper and magazine articles in South Africa and abroad (including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the Economist, the London Times, the Financial Times, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Les Echos, Corriere de la Sera and other national newspapers) and has been interviewed hundreds of times on local and international radio and television (including different channels of the SABC, radio 702, M-Net, eTV, Kyknet, eNCA, CNBC, CCTV, ANN7, Business Day TV, Skye News, BBC, ITN, CNN, ABC, National Public Broadcasting Radio (USA), National Public Broadcasting TV (USA), Radio France Internationale, Canadian and Swiss Broadcasting Corporations, in three languages.