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Dr Rafiq Raji

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Dr Rafiq Raji

Chief Economist: Macroafricaintel

Lagos, Nigeria

Dr Rafiq Raji is managing director & chief economist at Macroafricaintel Investment LLC, an Africa-focused macro research & investment consultancy based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is also an adjunct researcher at the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies at Nanyang Business School, Singapore. Dr Raji is an avid writer, with his writings severally featured in prestigious publications like BusinessDay, Africa Investor, The Africa Report, African Business, New African and HowWeMadeItInAfrica. He was previously an Africa Economist at Standard Chartered Bank in London. Before joining the Global Research team at Standard Chartered, Dr. Raji worked with various teams at its Nigerian franchise; gaining experience in credit risk, asset & liability management, and capital markets. Rafiq was also previously Head, Advisory & Capital Markets for the securities brokerage arm of Nigeria’s Standard Alliance Group. Prior to that, he had investment banking stints with FBN Capital Limited, Vetiva Capital Management Limited and Africapital Management Limited; all in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Raji holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School, Nigeria and a PhD in Financial Economics from Wits Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His personal interests are travel, music, writing, finance & economics, international politics & relations, comparative religious studies, volunteering/philanthropy, film & photography and everything and anything about Africa! He hopes to learn how to play the guitar and speak, read and write Arabic, French and Mandarin. He is also an assiduous and lifetime student of history.

Website:http://rafiqraji.com | LinkedIn:https://ng.linkedin.com/in/rafiqraji | Twitter:@DrRafiqRaji | Instagram:@rafiqraji

Dr Raji answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.


What is your main disciplinary background? (i.e. your primary training / qualification)

Financial Economics, Engineering, Business Administration

How do other people describe you and how do you describe yourself?

Others describe me as… Determined

I describe myself as… Courageous



How would you describe the state of African futures thinking right now?

Not inspiring.

What is, in your opinion, the main barrier to uptake of futures knowledge by African institutions and organisations?

Not seen as a priority.

If you were to give advice to someone who wants a career in African foresight / future studies, what would you say to him or her?

Do not make it your primary vocation; it may be hard to earn a living otherwise.


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