Nils Flaatten, CEO, WESGRO-The Investment & Trade Promotion Agency of the Western Cape
high schooling at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch
He then spent a year as a Rotary exchange student in Spooner, Wisconsin (U.S.A.), where he attended Spooner High School.
He served in the South African Navy as a combat officer and visited Marion Island and the Antarctic during his sea time.
He obtained a bachelor's degree from the Stellenbosch University.
After university, he
worked in London for Dresdner RCM Global Investors and then Barclays Global
Investors in Jersey (Channel Islands).
Flaatten then moved to Hong Kong, where he worked for Citigroup as the Asia-Pacific Regional Marketing Manager in the bank's Global Corporate and Investment Bank division.
While in Hong Kong, he also served as the Chairperson of the South African Business Forum.
He then returned to London, where he worked for the Capital Markets Company (Capco) as a management consultant.
assignments included work on European stock exchanges, the acquisition of an outsourced trade service company, financial services outsourcing, and capital market process management.
He then returned to South Africa, where he served as advisor to the Provincial Minister for Development, Economics, and Planning and Managing Director of the African Carbon Trust.
He is currently the CEO for Wesgro, the Western Cape Government's investment and trade promotion agency.
has also guest lectured at the Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Business
, teaching on doing business in China and China market access.
He sits on the board of an NGO called Young in Prison, and his interests include wine, rugby, golf, dinghy, and offshore sailing.