Executive Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission. Holds a BA Degree Social Science degree with the University of Swaziland, MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with Addis Ababa University as well as several professional certificates with Harvard University.
Chairman of several influential entities in South Africa, viz. V&A Waterfront, Absa Asset Management, Capital Harvest and Economic Research Southern Africa.
Member of the boards of Multichoice SA, Alternative Prosperity Holdings, Future Planet Capital in London, Avior Capital Markets, Strate, Absa Financial Services and CA Sales.
Previously, CEO of the PIC, Head of Policy Analysis at Sanlam, Act. Dep. Director General Economic Policy in the National Treasury, Director of Research, Central Bank of Swaziland. He was also a member of the Boards of the South African Reserve Bank, the Government Employee Pension Fund, the Airports Company SA, as well as the UN Global Compact Board & Chairman of the (UNGC) SA Local Network.
Founder of many initiatives such as the Financial Sector Charter Council, Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA), Social security and retirement reform in South Africa, UNGC Africa Implementation Agenda for the SDGs, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute for Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) previously ESAIDARM and the Ratepayers Association network in Swaziland, amongst others.
He has published and lectured widely. He is a public speaker and commentator.
Top 40 of Alan Paton Award in 2007 (Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo); Represented South Africa at the London Book Far Focus in 2010 and Ranked the 14th influential player, Sovereign Wealth Funds Institute, 2013.
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