Dr Gerry Bokana is a development and education economist. He completed his postgraduate qualifications – a BCom (Honours), an MCom, and his PhD in economics – at UKZN. He now teaches and conducts his research at the self-same university, where he was coordinator for the College of Law and Management Studies’ BCom extended curriculum, known as the Access Initiative, and the Enriched Management Studies (EMS) programme. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA Programme at the UKZN Graduate School of Business and Leadership, and lectures on the postgraduate in Finance, Banking, and Investment Management programme. Dr Bokana’s PhD research looked at the economics of education and student trends. This provided him with a sound understanding of the key determinants of poor student throughput rates, and the problems faced by students at university, in general, and those from the disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, in particular.
At the broader level, he has served as a member of the Council on Higher Education’s (CHE) Teaching and Learning Task Team that conducted a 20-year review of the state of South African Higher Education, highlighting challenges, developments and future prospects. Dr Bokana was also the chairperson of the NRF’s Economic, Management and Actuarial Sciences (EMAS) advisory panel in 2017. His research has focused on using large and longitudinal data sets and systems analysis to address questions related to contemporary international concerns. He speaks English and French.