Martin de Wit
- Applied Economics (Guest lecturer)
- Specialist inputs on various modules
Martin de Wit has a Doctorate in Economics, and specialises in managing the risks of, and finding solutions to, environmental problems. He won the CSIR’s Young Scientist Award in 2003. Martin has chosen the entrepreneurial route in the knowledge market, and was co-responsible for starting, growing and managing a successful business unit within the CSIR focussed on applied environmental and resource economics between 2001 and 2004. He has since started his own advisory firm, De Wit Sustainable Options (Pty) Ltd in 2005, and with its global network-based approach ensures cutting-edge thinking and flexibility in the new and rapidly changing world of economics and environmental management. Martin is appointed as Extra-Ordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch as from 2007, and co-edited two books namely Sustainable Options. Development lessons from Applied Environmental Economics and The Political Economy of Natural Resource Wealth in South Africa. He is also author and co-author of twenty-five peer reviewed publications, books and book chapters and serves as peer reviewer to several international and national journals. He has a wide interest in national and international affairs and has worked on many research and client reports, and consulted to a wide range of clients including national and provincial governments, corporate business, non government organizations, and universities, working in several countries including South Africa, China, Portugal, Germany, Holland, United States, Namibia and Mozambique. Martin is also involved in a small company focussed on poverty alleviation and job creation on the Cape Flats and serves as Chairperson of a local school board. He is married to Rianne and has three kids.
Qualifications: Doctor Commercii, University of Pretoria, 2001; Magister (Doctorandus), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RuG), 1995; Honnours, University of Stellenbosch, 1994; Baccalaureus Commerci, cum laude, University of Pretoria, 1992.