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Dr Adrian Saville

  • Pretoria
  • Fee Range: On Request

Tagline: Economist

Dr Saville is a passionate advocate for economic inclusivity and social justice. He has dedicated his career to unraveling the intricate tapestry of South Africa’s economy, working tirelessly to identify opportunities for sustainable development and shared prosperity.

Dr Adrian Saville holds a Professorship in Economics, Finance & Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), where he is the Founding Director of the Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM). He is the author of the Visa Africa Integration Index (2012-2020) and the Investec-GIBS Savings Index (2015-2020), using data and models to develop strategic insights in emerging markets.


He has worked in many markets, from Botswana, Brazil, and Chile to Singapore, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Since 2019, Adrian has also been involved in the development of an impact measurement and monitoring tool for a private equity fund in the ICT sector, and since 2017 Adrian has chaired the investment committee of MeTTa Capital’s venture capital fund.

Dr Adrian Saville also holds a visiting professorship in Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada.      

Over the past twenty-five years, alongside his academic career, Adrian established and grew an investment firm, developing the firm’s models and client markets from launch of the business to sale of the firm to a listed entity in 2017.

Dr Adrian Saville remained as CEO of the firm, developing, and managing in-house investment solutions for the group’s banking, employee benefits, and insurance divisions. In 2021 he joined multi-family investment office, Genera Capital, to establish a multi-asset investment portfolio alongside a special opportunities portfolio.    

Dr Adrian Saville | Economist Speaker

Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude), MCom (cum laude) and a PhD (Economics) for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal. 

He is a UNESCO laureate, a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford) and has completed programmes in Capital Markets at New York’s Columbia University; competitive strategy at Harvard Business School in Boston; Machine Learning at Stanford; Financial Markets at Yale; and Game Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Adrian is a member of various industry bodies, including the Academy of International Business, the Strategic Management Society, Investment Analysts Society, Economic Society of South Africa, Economic History Society of Southern Africa and Manual of Ideas (Global).

Experience & Expertise


    • Country analysis, economic performance & industry analysis

    • Business model innovation & market development  

    • Capital markets, valuation & investment management   



Dr Adrian Saville is a distinguished economist and thought leader hailing from the vibrant nation of South Africa. His remarkable career has been marked by a relentless pursuit of economic insight and social progress, making him an intellectual beacon not only in his homeland but on the global stage.

With an academic journey that has taken him from the University of Natal to the University of Oxford, Professor Saville’s scholarship is grounded in a deep understanding of economics, finance, and development. His work seamlessly blends rigorous research with a keen awareness of real-world challenges, making his contributions both academically rigorous and practically applicable.

One of Dr Adrian Saville standout qualities is his ability to bridge the gap between academia and policy. His insights have influenced economic decision-making in South Africa and beyond, offering innovative solutions to complex economic dilemmas. His nuanced understanding of economic inequality, poverty, and growth dynamics has made him a sought-after advisor to governments, institutions, and businesses alike.

Beyond his impressive list of academic publications and research endeavors, Dr Adrian Saville is a passionate advocate for economic inclusivity and social justice. He has dedicated his career to unraveling the intricate tapestry of South Africa’s economy, working tirelessly to identify opportunities for sustainable development and shared prosperity.

In a world where the interplay between economics and society is more critical than ever, Professor Adrian Saville’s work stands as a testament to the transformative power of knowledge and the enduring commitment to shaping a brighter future for South Africa and the world at large. His influence extends far beyond the confines of academia, leaving an indelible mark on the economic landscape and the hearts of those who have had the privilege of engaging with his ideas and wisdom.

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