Economics at the carnival : from social entrepreneurship to social cohesion

Jafta, Rachel (2013-02)

Inaugural lecture delivered on 5 February 2013.


Rachel Jafta is Professor in Economics at Stellenbosch University, where she lectures International Trade, Trade and Industrial Policy, and the Economics of Technological Change. Her research and publications are in the fields of the Economics of Technological Change, International Trade, Competition Economics, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Black Economic Empowerment. She studied at the Universities of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch in South Africa, and at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She is a director of various companies, and founder and chairperson of a number of community engagement projects, amongst others the Media24 Rachel’s Angels Mentorship Programme and the Cape Town Carnival. She has received awards for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement, as well as the Antonio Veralda Prize for the best final-year student in Italian (from UNISA). In 2011 she received the Stellenbosch University SRC Award for Exceptional Alumni.

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