Project Hope for Africa

Prof RT Mpofu, UNISA, South Africa

  • PhD on “The Impact of Trade Policy on the Competitiveness of Firms in Zimbabwe” at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1997

Fields of academic interests

  • Banking, Investments
  • Emerging Markets
  • Economic Development

Prof Raphael Mpofu is a senior manager currently the Acting Executive Dean of the Graduate School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa, while substantively the Deputy Executive Dean of the College of Economic and Management Sciences from February 2013. His research interests are in the fields of corporate banking, corporate finance, emerging markets, knowledge management and economic development. Raphael has presented and published a number of articles in local and international conferences and academic journals on finance and management. He has also been extensively involved in management development across Southern Africa. His experience is in the field of finance where he has worked and consulted in a number of JSE/FTSE top listed companies.

Born and raised in a small rural town of Gwanda Zimbabwe, he went to Mtshabezi Primary School before doing his O Levels at Matopo Mission and A Levels at Mzingwane High School. He completed his Bachelor of Business Studies (Honors) degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 1987 before joining Barclays Bank Zimbabwe where he was a trainee manager until 1989. After successfully applying for a scholarship from the Canadian International Development Agency, he was accepted to study for a fulltime MBA at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, currently ranked the top Business School in Canada, 20th in North America, and 46th in the world. He has also worked part-time as a retirement investment advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, Canada between 1989 and 1991. Raphael graduated with a PhD on “The Impact of Trade Policy on the Competitiveness of Firms in Zimbabwe” at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1997.

After leaving the University of Zimbabwe where he had taught in 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1996, Raphael joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) in February 1997 as a lecturer in Financial Management. He is a full Professor in the same department. Between November 2004 and December 2005, he was the Head of Department: Business Management in the College of Economic and Management Sciences at UNISA. Between 2005 and 2006 he was the Head of Department of Finance and Risk Management and Banking and was appointed the Director of the School Management Sciences between 2006 and 2012. He still maintains his homestead in Mtshazo Village, eNqameni eloPhondo.