Colin Coleman

Colin Coleman

Director: BLSA

Q: What conditions do you think need to be created in SA for business to succeed in growing the economy?

A: “We just need to return to the basics: getting “bang for our buck” on public expenditures, productivity in the workplace, fair and consistent application of regulations, maintaining infrastructure and encouraging private sector investment. We can do more but just doing the basics will lift our GDP growth rate to 3%.”

At Goldman Sachs, Colin is head of the investment banking division for sub-Saharan Africa, a role assumed in 2008, and head of the South African office, a role he has held since 2000. In 2015, Colin was named member of the Investment Banking Services EMEA Captains Group. He is also a member of the Growth Markets Franchise Group. Colin was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.

In 2013, Colin authored “Two Decades of Freedom,” a report by Goldman Sachs on South Africa’s progress since 1994.

In the 1980s, Colin was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and later in its constitutional transition. From 1989 until South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). Colin served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum, and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections.

In 1994, Colin became a senior consultant for public affairs at Standard Bank Investment Corporation (SBIC), where he was an advisor to the SBIC chairman. He was subsequently appointed director of public finance for SBIC’s Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. In 1997, Colin relocated to London, where he became a vice president of energy, power and oil for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Advisory Department.

In 1996, Colin was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He was also a recipient on behalf of the CBM of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” in 1994, and was named one of Euromoney’s World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century”.

Colin earned a BA in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988.