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BRICS in  Africa  –  Promoting Development? BOOK LAUNCH

11 October 2023

Date: 11 October 2023
Time: 18:00 for 18:30

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Dr Yul Derek Davids is a Research Director in the HSRC’s Developmental, Capable & Ethical State (DCES) division and Advisory Member at the Department of Applied Legal Studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Stellenbosch (2010) and MA in Research Psychology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Davids specialises in democracy, social cohesion and governance (particular local government). Davids also focus his research on the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable people such as the poor and quality of life and wellbeing.

Dr. Jaya Josie is retired from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) BRICS Research Centre, South Africa. He is now a visiting professor at Zhejiang University Interna- tional Business School. He is an economist in development economic policy research in public finance, fiscal policy, trade and investment, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and infrastructure finance targeting sustainable development, inequality, unemployment and poverty. He led the HSRC South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) team that prepared the BRICS Think Tank Council’s (BTTC) recommendation, “Towards a Long Term Strategy for BRICS”, that was endorsed by the Sixth BRICS Heads of State Summit in Fortaleza Brazil in July 2014.

Krish Chetty is a Research Manager at the Equitable Education and Economies Division of the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds a Masters Qualification in Knowledge and Information Management from the University of Stellenbosch and is a PhD candidate with Nelson Mandela University in the Computing Science Department. His core research interests lie in the social applications of innovative technologies that contribute to eradicating poverty, inequality and unemployment. His works span knowledge Management, Arti- ficial Intelligence, Digital Inclusion, Platform Economies, Financial Technologies and Renewable Energy discourses. He previously worked in the HSRC’s BRICS Research Centre, representing the HSRC and South Africa in several BRICS academic events. His recent publications cover subjects such as digital literacy, AI, online learning, renewable energy contributions to economic development and FinTech partnerships in BRICS.