John Robertson was born in Bulawayo in 1937. He first trained as a radio and television technician with the Royal Rhodesian Air Force, and then with a Bulawayo company, Fenner Brothers. After 10 years in industry, John enrolled as a student at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland to read for an economics degree. On completion of the degree, John moved to Salisbury as financial correspondent on The Rhodesia Herald, becoming Financial Editor a few years later. After nine years in journalism, he joined First Merchant Bank as their chief economist, where he spent the next sixteen years. In 1994 he formed his own economic consultancy, since when his clients have included many large Zimbabwean and multinational companies and several embassies. He is a Past President of the Zimbabwe Economics Society and of his Rotary Club, and served for many years as Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce. He is a director of several companies and a frequent contributor to radio and television news programmes.