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Gareth McHardy

Election Year: 2022

Election Constituency: Southern Africa

Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence

Rhodes Identifier: South African College School, Newlands & Lady Margaret Hall 2022

Gareth McHardy


Gareth is currently completing a master’s degree in Economic Development at the University of Cape Town. Previously, he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) followed by an Honours degree in Economics, at the same institution. Concurrently, Gareth works as a volunteer consultant for Phaphama SEDI and will begin work as a student associate with University Impact – an impact investing firm – in January 2022. He is passionate about solving vexing socioeconomic problems, specifically the prevalent issue of financial exclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of academia, Gareth is an avid hiker taking full advantage of the mountains in Cape Town. At Oxford, he intends on investigating the role of financial inclusion in fostering wider economic development on the African continent.