Head of Economic Modelling Unit,
Head, Modelling Unit, Economic Research Department, South African Reserve Bank
Rowan has worked in various economic analysis and forecasting related roles since joining the South African Reserve Bank in 1991. After several years in the Economic Department’s Statistical Division specialising in Balance of Payments statistics he moved to the Modelling and Forecasting Unit in 1998. This coincided with the Bank commencing with Inflation Targeting. Here he has mostly worked in forecasting focussed roles. This included leading the Core Model Forecast team. He then headed the Near-term Forecasting and Assumptions group until the end of 2020. While focusing on the near-term forecasts he was also part of the team co-ordinating and contributing to the bi-annual Monetary Policy Review. He now leads the Model Development Unit.
His research interests include inflation dynamics, forecast error analysis, commodity prices and the Balance of Payments.