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Yvonne Mhango is a Malawian economist. She is the economist for Sub-Saharan Africa at Renaissance Capital.[1][2]

Yvonne Mhango
Born1979 (age 39–40)
ResidenceJohannesburg, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
(Bachelor of Business Science)
(Master of Business Science)
Years active2005 — present
Known forEconomic analysis and forecasting
TitleSub-Saharan Africa Economist
Renaissance Capital


Background and educationEdit

She attended Saint Andrews International High School in Blantyre, Malawi, where she studied Mathematics, Geography and Economics at A-Level, from 1996 until 1998. She was then admitted to the University of Cape Town in 1999, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Science in 2002. From 2003 until 2004, she studied at the same university, graduating with a Master of Business Science.[3]


From 2005 until 2008, Mhango was an economist at Standard Bank of South Africa. In June 2008, she became the head of economic research for Africa at Standard Bank, serving in that capacity until November 2010. Since November 2010, she has been the economist for sub-Saharan Africa at Renaissance Capital.[1][3]

In June 2016, following the Central Bank of Nigeria's decision to allow the niara to freely float against other currencies, Mhango said that floating the naira freely would “release a pressure valve for the economy”, which would in turn “see the economy beginning to thaw and green shoots emerge possibly as soon as a year from now”.[4] Mhango, with others had correctly predicted such a devaluation in the naira, following the flotation of the Kazakhstan currency in August 2015.[5]

In October 2016, Mhango and other economists at Renaissance Capital said that the Kenya Shilling was about 20 percent overvalued and that this was hurting Kenya's exports to other countries in the region.[6]

Other achievementsEdit

Yvonne Mhango is a co-author of the book The Fastest Billion, about Africa's economic revolution.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mwaniki, Charles (3 October 2016). "Strong shilling hurting Kenya's exports in region". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ Rencap Research (4 October 2016). "Renaissance Capital : Our Team - Yvonne Mhango". Renaissance Capital Research (Rencap Research). Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Yvonne Mhango (4 October 2016). "Academic & Career Profile of Yvonne Mhango". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ Spence, Peter (20 June 2016). "Nigeria's naira plunges 30 percent after central bank gives up on dollar peg". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ Paul Wallace, and Rene Vollgraaff (21 August 2015). "Africa Running Out of Options as China to Kazakhstan Devalue". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  6. ^ Mwaniki, Charles (3 October 2016). "Strong shilling hurting Kenya's exports in region". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  7. ^ Charles Robertson, Yvonne Mhango, Michael Moran, Arnold Meyer and Nothando Ndebele. "The Fastest Billion". Renaissance Capital. Retrieved 4 October 2016.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

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