Economist. Business

Based: Johannesburg

Xhanti Payi an economist and founding director of Nascence Advisory and Research, a business providing bespoke research solutions and business advisory and strategy services. With academic training from the University of Cape Town and the University of London, Payi has worked as analyst at Investec Wealth & Investment, as economist at Stanlib Asset Managers responsible for Africa and Emerging Markets, and Country Risk Manager at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking.

Xhanti Payi is also a columnist for the Business Day and Business Times, and has contributed articles to international publications like the Financial Times. His views are regularly sought out by both local and international broadcast media, including Aljazeera and the BBC. Payi is well sought out in the speaking circuit and media platforms, with previous involvement with broadcast media platforms such as Power FM and 702 Radio.

Payi has a keen interest on issues of economic development and inclusion, and is a contributor to the book “Whiteness, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens”.


  • Member of the Review Panel on Foreign Policy, appointed by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Economic advisor to the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni – Councilor

    Mzwandile Masina

  • Member of the Leadership Group of Indlulamithi: South Africa Scenarios 2030

Payi also serves on various boards and advisory committees in both the private and public sector