After a stint as a macroeconomics lecturer at Stellenbosch University, I joined the National Treasury economic forecasting team in 2002. Between 2007 and 2009, I consulted to various state-owned enterprises including Eskom, SANRAL and Transnet. After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, I rejoined the National Treasury in the financial sector policy team, where my work focussed on the link between finance and the real economy. I was part of the team that implemented regulatory reforms to strengthen the financial sector, including Twin Peaks, Basel 3, the recovery and resolution framework and the reform of over-the-counter derivatives. I hold an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a PhD (Economics) from Stellenbosch University, where I am also a research associate. I am currently head of fiscal and economic services at the Western Cape Government.