It is a rare privilege for an academic who has specialized in international economic
institutions toget a chance to put what he has been researching into practice. I had this
privilege when I became the first head of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) new
International Economic Relations and Policy Department. In this capacity I represented the
SARB in the G20 meetings in which it participated during my approximately two years with
the Bank, which concluded at the end of October 2014.