Sharron McPherson

Faculty

Moderator

With over 25 years experience as an accomplished investment banker and former Wall Street attorney, Sharron focus is in developing and implementing innovative models for financing economic growth and development principally in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked with some of the world leading international businesses, governments and multilaterals as both policy and strategic advisor.
In Africa, she has served as an advisor to a number of public and private entities including the South African Reserve Bank, the South African Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Minerals & Energy and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Multilateral institutional engagements include the World Bank/IFC, the British Commonwealth Secretariat and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In the private sector in both the US and Africa, she has served as advisor and project finance specialist for leading multinational companies including Citibank, Shell Corporation and ZESCO (Zambian state-owned electricity supplier).
Recent speaking engagements include moderating the Presidential debate on the newly formed BRICS Bank and TEDx (Tokyo) where she spoke on "Sustainability as the New Currency". She is a frequent speaker at both the World Economic Forum on Africa and the Clinton Global Alliance.
She is a published author and teaches Project Finance at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. She earned a Doctorate Degree in Law (Columbia University), an honor degree in Finance from the University of Toulon (La Garde, France) and a B.A. in Economics (College of William & Mary).

Expertise

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Nexus Thinking
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Food
  • Moderator