Ronald Wall is an economic geographer and urban planner. He holds the Chair in Economic Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the former Head of the Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR) department at IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam. Previously, he worked for international urban planners OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and MVRDV (Winy Maas). He completed his PhD in economic geography at the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.