Prof Riel Franzsen

Prof Riel Franzsen

South Africa

University of Pretoria


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Prof. Riël Franzsen is the director of the African Tax Institute. He also occupies the South African Research Chair in Tax Policy and Governance. In 1990 he obtained a doctorate in tax law from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and in 2013 also obtained a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Pretoria.

Fields Of Expertise

Tax Policy
Land and Property Taxation

My Research

He specializes in land and property taxation and regularly acts as a policy advisor for the International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Bank, and other entities. He has worked in this capacity in Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda), Asia (Thailand), the Caribbean (Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent & The Grenadines) and Europe (Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, and Serbia). He has acted as an instructor for the IMF (Austria, Singapore and Saint Lucia), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (China and Slovenia), Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (Macedonia), International Property Tax Institute (Czech Republic and Lithuania) and for The Hague Academy for Local Governance (Lesotho). He is on the Board of Advisors of the International Property Tax Institute, regularly participates in local and international conferences and has authored and co-authored many journal papers and book chapters on land and property taxation. He is co-editor of Property Tax in Africa – Status, Challenges and Prospects, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in May 2017.