Dr Mzukisi Qobo is an expert and thought leader on governance, leadership, and global political economy. He is Associate Professor and Deputy Director at the NRF Research Chair on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg. Mzukisi serves on the Boards of Corruption Watch and Johannesburg Development Agency. At the Johannesburg Development Agency, he has chaired the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (REMCO) and also sat on the Audit and Risk Committee.
Mzukisi has completed Board Leadership Development Programme with the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, where he completed the following programmes: Becoming a Director Parts 1 to 5: governance; ethics, strategy, integrated reporting, governance of ethics, and financial insights, among others. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (M.Inst.D).
Mzukisi has in the past fulfilled leadership roles that span government, policy think tanks, and academia. In his former role as Chief Director responsible for trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry, he drafted South Africa’s current trade policy. In his strategic advisory roles, he has helped organisations develop strategies to respond to political risks, public policy issues, and frame effective stakeholder engagement approaches across financial services sector, telecommunications, and mining.