ABOUT

Dr Kenneth Creamer is an academic economist based at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Creamer has Masters degrees in Law (Wits) and Financial Economics (SOAS, University of London) and a PhD (Wits) for which he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Economic Society of South Africa as South Africa’s best PhD in Economics submitted in 2010. In 2020 he completed a certificate course in Leading Economic Growth offered by Harvard Kennedy School.

Creamer has published on fiscal policy, monetary policy, open economy macroeconomics, competition policy, labour market policy and energy policy, in local and international academic journals and books including the South African Journal of Economics, the Journal of Development Studies, the Oxford Handbook on the South African Economy and the Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa.

In addition to his senior lecturer position at Wits University, Creamer is a member of the Management Committee of SASSFE, which raises funds for tertiary education students in need of support and provides a platform for inter-generational dialogue. He serves as a director of Creamer Media, publisher of Engineering News, Mining Weekly and Polity.

Creamer was Student Representative Council (SRC) President at Wits University in 1991-2 and worked as Research Coordinator in Cosatu’s Parliamentary Office in the mid-1990’s.

In October 2019, Creamer was appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council for a three year term. From 2020, he served as a facilitator on Economic Policy for the OR Tambo School of Leadership. From 2022 to 2023, Creamer was elected as a member of the Council of the Economic Society of South Africa.