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Nikolaus Hans Heinrich CzypionkaNikolaus Hans Heinrich Czypionka

Economic and Strategy Consultant
Chief Executive Economic Dynamics

A. Professional positions held

1. Economic and Strategy Advisor

Currently consultant / advisor to the “Government Implementation Coordination Office” (GICO) in the Office of the President of Botswana. Providing advice to government concerning the implementation of change actions contained in the Strategy for Economic Diversification and Sustainable Growth, and the projects giving effect to diversification, through and with the GICO .That Office is charged with coordinating and guiding not only the implementation of the “Botswana Excellence Strategy” (that is, the diversification and growth strategy) of the Botswana Business and Economic Advisory Council”, but it also oversees and guides other major government projects as well as the development of certain supportive policies.

Appointed to provide ongoing professional and strategic support for new “Botswana Economic Advisory Council” under the auspices of GICO.

Between 2005 and 2008, member of the Business and Economic Advisory Council of the President of Botswana, and its Task Force Director. The Council was charged with drawing up a strategy for the diversification and achieving sustainable growth of Botswana’s economy.

2. Chief Executive of Economic Dynamics - an economic and strategy consultancy.

3. Previous positions held:

Managing Director of investment house, Global Dimensions

Chief Economist of Societe Generale Bank, South Africa and Head of Research of SG Securities

Group Chief Economist and member of General Management Standard Bank of South Africa. Worked for this Bank for some 25 years

B. Professional Experience

•  Some 35 years experience in economics, business and investment strategy, as well as policy formulation at executive level;
•  Extensive first hand knowledge of business dynamics in all major economies and many emerging ones;
•  Expert in financial markets, company operations and banking systems in both major industrial economies and developing market countries;
•  Significant high level contact base within financial institutions, major South African and international companies,i9nvestment entities, the SA Reserve Bank, and various governments;
•  Extensive past involvement in commercial banks’ domestic and international lending decisions; member of Asset/Liability and Prudential Risk committees;
•  Past Chairman of the Economic Committee of the SA African Banking Council;
•  Past member of South Africa’s National Economic Development and Labour Council NEDLAC);
•  Respected by policy makers and corporate executives as one of Southern Africa’s leading economic and strategic thinkers.
•  Co-author of university textbook: “The South African Financial System”
•  Widely traveled internationally, extensive first hand understanding of and experience in all major economies, as well as first hand experience of many emerging market countries.
•  Expert on Southern Africa. Has acted as advisor to numerous companies, public entities and governments.
•  Frequent speaker at local / international conferences and convention

C. Personal Background Information:

Born in Germany in 1948, grew up and schooled in Austria; came to South Africa with parents in 1968
Married, four children
University studies commenced in Innsbruck. Austria, followed by studies at University of Natal Durban.
Post Graduate degree in economics – B. Soc. Sc (Hons.) (Econ.)













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