Institute For Credit Market Research & Development
Gabriel is a Chartered Accountant. He passed his qualifying examination in 1987 and completed his articles with Ernst & Young in 1989. He has the following qualifications MA (Development Studies), Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (1992) Advanced Diploma in Banking (University of Johannesburg, 1997) Hons B.Compt, UNISA (1987) Hons B.Com (Economics), Potchefstroom University (1984) B.Com, Potchefstroom University (1983). Gabriel has 25 years professional experience, specialising in financial regulation, development finance and consumer credit. He was part of the establishment team of a leading micro-enterprise lender in South Africa (Small Enterprise Foundation) in the position of Executive Director responsible for Finance and Development. In 1995 he moved to Deloitte & Touche and in 1998 became a Patrner. Financial Institutions Team. His experience at Deloitte included financial regulation, governance & reporting, financial analysis & due diligence reviews and financial sector strategy development in the areas of banking, insurance, collective investment schemes, securitization, housing finance and credit. Key clients included the World Bank, SA Reserve Bank, FSB, National Housing Finance Corporation and Khula Guarantee Fund. Gabriel was responsible for the establishment of the Micro Finance Regulatory Council and joined the MFRC in 2000 as CEO. In June 2006 Gabriel became the first CEO of the National Credit Regulator and had overall strategic and operational responsibility for all areas of the establishment of the NCR and implementation of the National Credit Act. The NCR is responsible for credit regulation in South Africa, with a mandate including banks, NBFIs, credit bureaus and debt counsellors. Gabriel played a leading role in the development of the National Credit Act, serving as Policy Advisor to the Department of Trade & Industry. He served on various government committees, including the Policy Board for Financial Regulation, Report, and the generation of a report on SME Finance, an assessment of Core and Narrow Banking and a report on Consolidated Supervision. In January 2011 Gabriel left the NCR and is doing consulting and advisory projects in financial regulation and development finance. Gabriel has been engaged in consulting and advisory assignments for public and private sector clients in different countries in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, and the Caribbean Islands. He also has extensive experience in credit insurance for SME lending. His clients include the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, international donor organisations, central banks, private sector credit bureaus and banks. He was engaged on a long term contract as Programme Director for FSDA for the implementation of a Credit Market Development Programme across different countries in Africa. Gabriel currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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