Isaah's career insights, roles and impacts on South African financial sector
Isaah is currently the chief economist at Alexander Forbes. In this position, he’s responsible for formulating the
macroeconomic strategy for the business, which entails identifying large-scale economic risks and opportunities that
benefit the business, its clients and investment processes.
Isaah also helps execute strategic objectives that are in line with the priorities of Alexander Forbes and drives
outcomes-based investment internally and externally.
He is a regular columnist for Business Day where he writes on macroeconomic policy and financial markets
developments that affect the investment landscape.
Before joining Alexander Forbes, Isaah worked in two local major investment banks, where he formulated macroeconomic
strategy by analysing and forecasting the global and domestic macroeconomy.
Isaah Mhlanga started his professional career as an economist at the local office of the International Monetary Fund
before moving to the South African National Treasury, where he was involved in econometric modelling and monitoring
of South African macroeconomic and financial indicators.
Isaah has also lectured undergraduate economics and econometrics at the University of Johannesburg.
He is a non-executive board member at Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology and is a trustee for Study
Trust, both of which are non-profit organisations helping learners from disadvantaged background obtain scarce
skills required by the economy.
Isaah was named Economist of the year 2019 by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals