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Mzukisi Qobo

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Mzukisi Qobo
Mzukisi is one of South Africa’s most recognised thought leaders, a public speaker, and author. He was born in Cape Town, and grew up in Langa and Khayelitsha where he went to school and was actively involved in various community initiatives. He is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders who are values-based and with a global perspective. Mzukisi views social change through the lens of leadership, and his message cuts across the global and domestic landscape.

Mzukisi is co-author of The Fall of the ANC: What Next? Published by Picador Africa. He offers insights to corporates and other organisations on the theme of leadership, covering Transformational Leadership; Africa’s Rise and Global Challenges; and Political Trends in South Africa. He has spoken to boards of multinational companies and public sector leaders in South Africa and abroad.

As a political risk advisor, he has advised clients in the mining industry and the financial services sector on government regulation and policy; managing corporate-government relations; and on improving reputational leadership. He also teaches international political economy at the University of Pretoria. Previously, he worked at the Department of Trade and Industry where he was chief director responsible for developing South Africa’s trade policy.

Mzukisi has in the past pioneered the Emerging Powers and Global Challenges programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) where he worked on the involvement of emerging economies, in particular the BRICS in Africa; and their leadership role in global governance process. He has trained diplomats on economic diplomacy in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia. He has travelled extensively in the African continent.

Mzukisi is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria. He serves on the board of the Centre for Mediation in Africa; is a mentor with the Allan Gray-Orbis Foundation; and a regular contributor to various national newspapers. Apart from academic and policy publications, his articles have featured in the Business Day where he was previously a columnist; The Sowetan where he is currently a columnist; and on Project Syndicate. Mzukisi has also offered insights on CNBC Africa, CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg, amongst others. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town.
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