Dr Mzukisi Qobo

Mzukisi is Head: Wits School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was previously Associate Professor of Strategy & International Business at the Wits Business School (WBS) where he also managed doctoral programmes. In 2019 Mzukisi was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

Mzukisi co-founded the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and became its deputy director between 2012 and 2014. In his leadership role as a public servant, Mzukisi developed South Africa’s trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry where he was chief director. He has since led various public policy initiatives, including on transparency in beneficial ownership (curbing illicit financial flows) and internationalisation strategy for SMMEs for government.

Mzukisi has also advised corporates on strategy and public policy across sectors such as finance, telecoms and mining. He has had a stint as programme Head: Emerging Powers and Global Challenges at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He has written extensively on geopolitics, global governance, and leadership.

Mzukisi sits on the Board of Corruption Watch. He speaks to corporates and other organisations on themes such as building shared value and transformative leadership, and the role of business in social change.

Mzukisi obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and BA from the University of Cape Town. He lives to empower the next generation of leaders.