Russell is currently in charge of the Durban Investment Promotion Authority within the Ethekwini Metro for the last 15 years. He is a Board/Council Member of the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and past Chairman of the Institute of Directors for KZN. He is also one of the Founding Board Members, KZN Sustainable Energy Forum (KSEF). Previously he served on The Mercury Highroad Editorial Board, Independent Newspapers Group, plus on the Boards of Commercial & NPC’s. Internationally, he was invited by the UN to sit at the Investment Advisory Council 2008/9, & again 2016/17. Russell has also served on the MCI/World Bank Expert Advisory Group on City Investment Promotion & has jointly authored publications. He was a UN World Investment Forum Panelist in 2010, 2014, & 2016.
He holds the degree of Chartered Associate, Institute of Bankers SA, with 15 years in the Corporate Banking & Financial Services industry (First Investors Corp., USA, FNB Corp. & Nedbank Corp.). During this period, Russell was elected as Chairman of The Institute of Bankers in KZN for 3 consecutive years. Business & industrial engagements also extend into the Exco of the Durban Automotive Cluster, & previously, the Advisory Board of University of KZN, Graduate School of Business. During 2006-9, he was also a Member of The City of Durban’s Strategic Management Exco., plus a Work Stream Leader in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Host City Team.
Russell holds several post-graduate Diplomas in Financial Management, Project Management, Corporate Finance, and Securities Brokerage (US SEC), plus Executive Certificates in Strategic Investment Promotion, Advanced Financial Modelling and others. He also holds a post graduate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK.
Russell Curtis will speak in the session “Cities“.
Download his presentation here.