Keith Lockwood completed the B.Com & B.Com Honours degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. His key areas of expertise are in economic analysis, public policy and economic model design and building.
He has extensive experience in a wide range of public policy areas – ranging from industrial policy, SMMEs, technology and taxation to foreign direct investment, consumer credit, and local economic development.
Previous professional experience includes: Economist at Central Merchant Bank; Economist at the SA Federated Chamber of Industries, Economist at the SA Chamber of Business and Economics Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He is skilled at developing economic models.
These include the development of macroeconomic impact assessments; growth forecasting models at national, provincial and metropolitan levels; and a composite index aimed at tracking business confidence in South Africa.
Keith has a good understanding of a variety of aspects of economic development, including industrialisation, industrial policy, regional and spatial development, the effective use of incentives, the analysis of local and regional economies to determine trends and identify areas of revealed comparative and competitive advantage, and the ability to analyse supply chains.
In addition, Keith regularly provides macroeconomic overviews and forecasts to mainly private sector organisations. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) – an internationally recognised and rated business school – where he lectures to company groups as well as on academic programmes. He was recently appointed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs to a Committee of Inquiry to advise Government on an appropriate policy approach towards the potential legalisation of international trade in rhino horn.