Nazmeera MooIa

Economist

Nazmeera is the South African economist for investment bank Merrill Lynch, and as such she researches and comments on the South African economy.

Her work includes studies on the growing black middle class, the impact of the government’s proposed R372-billion infrastructure spend for companies and the likely result of the government’s current drive to curb import parity pricing. Nazmeera was awarded the Reuters Economist of the Year award in October 2005 and has been rated the top analyst in South Africa by the Extel Survey of European emerging market fund managers.

She was also ranked second in the Financial Mail Analysts’ Survey in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, she was rated the top South African economist by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. Prior to August 2003, Nazmeera worked in Merrill Lynch’s London office covering global emerging markets’ strategy. She was recently appointed to the board of DaimlerChrysler South Africa.

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