NABA x IHS Markit Briefing: COVID-19 Impact on Sub-Saharan African Markets

Member meeting


In partnership with our member IHS Markit we offer our members an update on the COVID-19 impact on sub-Saharan African markets.

Welcome to a panel discussion where the IHS Markit Africa industry and country risk experts and economists will consider transmission channels, the implications of the virus on key risk areas from non-payment and contractual risks to operational and supply chain disruptions; and the economic vulnerability of African markets. The panel will be moderated by Eivind Fjeldstad, CEO, NABA. 


Dr. Nathalie Wlodarczyk
Executive Director, Country Risk Consulting, IHS Markit

Dr. Nathalie Wlodarczyk leads the Economics and Country Risk consulting team for IHS Markit in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Her team is responsible for delivering forward-looking political, industry and economic assessments for government and private sector clients to support strategic planning and business growth. Dr. Wlodarczyk has more than 15 years of experience working on both methodology development and assessment delivery for Economics and Country Risk, as well as forecasts in the private and public sectors. She has supported clients on market entry and risk management for emerging markets for over a decade and has led projects across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. She adds particular expertise in analyzing cultural drivers of behavior and decision-making, in particular for mapping of influence groups and dynamics. Dr. Wlodarczyk has a background working in building capacity for conflict resolution in locations with civil conflict, often in Africa. Formerly she was head of Africa Forecasting for Exclusive Analysis, now part of IHS Markit. She has written several articles and book chapters about the impact of belief and culture on behavior in conflict, and she is the author of the book, "Magic and Warfare: Appearance and reality in contemporary African conflict and beyond," published in the US by Palgrave Macmillian. Dr. Wlodarczyk has taught contemporary security issues at UK universities, including the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and King's College London (KCL). Dr. Wlodarczyk attained her Ph.D. in War Studies at KCL, and she holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in International Relations from London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom.

Ms. Natznet Tesfay
Executive Director, Africa Analysis, Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit

Ms. Natznet Tesfay is the Director of Africa Analysis for IHS Markit’s Economics and Country Risk business unit. Her areas of specialization include analysis of political developments affecting the offshore energy sector in West Africa, particularly Nigeria; commercial developments, especially in mining, energy, and infrastructure in East Africa; and piracy risks in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Guinea. Ms. Tesfay leads development of the Africa 'All Source' Open Source (OSINT) inputs and risk indicator and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of indicators and analytics methodologies, such as geospatial analysis and scenario modeling techniques. She works closely with clients on tailored country entry and risk management projects in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Previously, while working at Exclusive Analysis, she had advised on the development of free trade zones, foreign policy and the mining sector in the Horn of Africa. Ms. Tesfay's degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African Studies from Harvard University in the United States, and a Master of Science in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom.

Mr. Braden Muhl
Senior Economist, World Industry Service, IHS Markit

Mr. Braden Muhl, a Senior Economist for the World Industry Service, is responsible for monitoring and forecasting the performance of sectors across many African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Senegal. He has also assisted on a variety of once off projects including economic impact assessments, market research and labour market studies. He has developed a thorough knowledge of African data sources, and is well aware of the limitations and strengths of these. Before being promoted to his current role, Mr. Muhl was part of a team responsible for IHS South Africa’s sub-national economic and socioeconomic models. He holds a Postgraduate (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Johannesburg and an undergraduate degree in Corporate Entrepreneurship majoring in Economics from the University of Johannesburg.

Ms. Thea Fourie
Senior Economist, Sub-Saharan Africa, IHS Markit

Ms. Thea Fourie is an economist for IHS Markit, based in the company's South African office.
She is responsible for analyzing and forecasting economic developments for the Southern African region (South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Namibia, among other countries). Ms. Fourie was a financial economist at ING Barings, specializing in macro and financial economic analysis of the South African economy. Thea earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (Honors) from the University of Pretoria.

Mr. Gustav Ando
Vice President, Life Sciences, IHS Markit

Mr. Ando oversees the development of IHS Markit's global healthcare outlook analysis that focuses on market access, cost of healthcare and new treatment advances. He heads the research teams that produce daily analysis, risk assessment and critical data for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the consulting team that focuses on disease prevention, workforce and demand healthcare microsimulation models. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, he is a regular speaker at conferences and is frequently cited by major media publications and national radio and television programs. He is the author and podium presenter of research at numerous academic conferences such as ISPOR. Mr. Ando holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Eivind Fjeldstad

Mr. Eivind Fjeldstad is the CEO of the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) since 2011. He has an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, focusing on governance and politics in Africa, and a BA in African Studies with a specialization in Human Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


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