Prof Caston Sigauke holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of the Free State, South Africa and an MSc in Operations Research from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences at the University of Venda in South Africa. His research interests are in time series analysis, statistics of extremes and forecasting.

How did you become a forecaster?
In 2009, my journey towards becoming a forecaster commenced when the university I was affiliated with secured a subcontract for a project with a South African power utility company. Our task was to develop short-term load forecasting models. The subsequent year, in 2010, I embarked on a journey of further education by enrolling in a PhD program guided by Prof. Delson Chikobvu. The focus of my doctoral thesis centered on modelling electricity demand within the context of South Africa.

The culmination of my dedicated efforts came to fruition in 2013 when I completed my studies, culminating in my graduation in 2014. During this significant year, I had the privilege of attending the ISF conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands—an event that enriched my understanding of forecasting. Since then, I have been attending ISF.

Immediately upon graduation in 2014, I took a proactive step by applying for a grant from the National Research Foundation of South Africa. The aim was to contribute to a project named “Probabilistic Load Forecasting,” a three-year endeavour spanning from 2015 to 2017. This opportunity allowed me to apply my expertise and delve deeper into the intricacies of forecasting within load prediction.

What areas of forecasting interest you?
I have a keen interest in the modelling and forecasting of electricity demand as well as renewable energies like solar and wind. Additionally, my research pursuits encompass modelling financial time series data, including the intricate modelling of extreme weather events.

How has the International Journal of Forecasting influenced you?
The International Journal of Forecasting influences me by providing a platform for knowledge sharing, promoting methodological advancements, offering best practices, facilitating cross-disciplinary insights, assuring research quality, and inspiring future research directions. The International Journal of Forecasting plays a significant role in shaping the landscape of forecasting research and practice. It influences me by providing a platform for sharing knowledge, facilitating learning, and advancing the science of forecasting.

What do you do in your free time?
I have a strong affinity for maintaining my physical well-being and engaging in intellectual pursuits. To stay updated with global affairs, I enjoy watching news channels on television. Moreover, I cherish the moments spent with my family, valuing our quality time.