Meshach Aziakpono (PhD) is a Professor of Economics and Development Finance, and the Head of Development Finance Programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Before joining the USB he was Associate Professor of Economics and the Coordinator of Master’s Programme in Financial Markets in the Department of Economics and Economic History at Rhodes University, South Africa. Meshach Aziakpono has worked as a consultant among others for the OECD Centre, The World Bank and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He has been a visiting scholar to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC and INSEAD in Singapore. He obtained his PhD degree in Economics from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein in South Africa. His PhD Thesis titled: “The Depth of Financial Integration and its Effects on Financial Development and Economic Performance of the Southern African Customs Union Countries” won the Founders’ Medal for the best PhD dissertation in Economics in South Africa. He has vast experience in teaching, research, consulting and postgraduate research supervision.