Prof. Ismail Olaleke Fasanya

Tel: +27 655 372 230
Current Position
  • Principal Consultant - AREFC

Prof. Ismail Olaleke Fasanya is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the School of Economics and Finance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He previously held a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Business School of the same institution. He is an alumnus of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya.

Ismail has won several research awards/scholarships/grants including the Wits Business School postdoctoral fellowship award, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Doctoral Scholarship, AERC Thematic Area Research Grant, Department for International Development (DFID) Research Grant, Nigerian Economic Society (NES) Ph.D. Thesis Prize award, Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Governing Council Scholarship award, etc.

Prof. Fasanya's research interests lie at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance, with special interest in energy economics, financial spillovers and interconnectedness, commodity economics and macroeconomic modeling and forecasting. He has recently studied the role of commodity prices in forecasting inflation, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Macroeconomic risk factors, Spillovers and interconnectedness in the financial sector, Modeling oil price volatility, Predictive ability of inflation forecasts, Oil and the Macro economy and the impact of commodity shocks on business cycles. Ismail has published extensively in energy economics and finance journals, including but not limited to Energy Policy, Energy, Resources Policy, Economic Systems, Economic Research, Energy Research Letters, OPEC Energy Review, Journal of Finance and Data Science, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Journal of Information and Optimization Sciences, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, and International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues. He has also presented his research at leading energy and finance conferences around the globe, and currently has a number of high-quality research outputs on a range of topics under review in reputable economics and finance journals.

Ismail received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) in Nigeria, and his Masters in Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria under the Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya.

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