Associate Professor Kanshukan Rajaratnam became the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Commerce effective from 1 May 2018. Kanshukan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Tax, and was the Deputy Dean: Transformation and Strategic Projects prior to his appointment as Acting Dean.
After matriculating from Umtata High School in the Eastern Cape, he studied BScEng (Chemical Eng.) at University of Natal, MSc(Industrial Eng. with specialisation in Operations Research) at the National University of Singapore, and ME(Systems Eng. with concentration in Mathematical Modelling) and PhD (Systems Eng.) at University of Virginia.
His industry experiences include working at Accenture (SA), Nedbank (SA), Capital One (USA and SA) and American Express (SA and Singapore). His research interests include decision models in consumer lending, and application of operations research in finance. He currently teaches on the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa offered in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and he is an external member of the Centre for Non-Profit (Financial Institutions) at Queen’s University, Belfast in the U.K. He was awarded Merit Awards by the Faculty of Commerce in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and was inaugurated to the South African Young Academy of Sciences in 2014.