Dr. David Makovah is a director of Tactus Advisory, a boutique corporate finance firm. He heads up the Tactus Institute which conducts capital markets, finance, economics, and related consulting and executive education at leading South African Business Schools and corporates. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Rhodes University) and Honours in Accounting Science (UNISA). He is a registered Chartered Accountant.
He began his career by serving articles at KPMG in Parktown Johannesburg.
Subsequent to this he joined Nedbank’s Risk Division focusing on the commercial and corporate sections of the bank including structured finance and public financing. David was seconded for 6 months to Old Mutual Asset Management in London to assist with the launch of their first two hedge funds. This deepened his expertise in financial services and banking.
In 2004 David returned to public practice as a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their Banking and Capital Markets division. He was responsible for auditing and consulting with private and public treasuries, and Corporate Finance divisions. His clients included Eskom Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank, Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Finance, and the Bond Exchange of South Africa.
As from 2005, David has pursued the entrepreneurial route culminating in the founding of Tactus Advisory of which he is a founder and director. He has won multiple awards including Executive Education Lecturer of the year 2012/2013 at the Wits Business School, MBA Lecturer of the Year (Part Time) 2015. David is highly regarded in the banking and financial services sector in South Africa and beyond, having conducted engagements in countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and India.
In 2015 David completed a PhD in Project and Infrastructure Finance that focused on holistic measures for the more effective execution of infrastructure and project finance initiatives in sub- Saharan Africa. He is a passionate proponent of Africa’s potential through people, an avid reader and traveller.