Trudi Makhaya – President Ramaphosa’s new economic adviser

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the appointment of economist, entrepreneur and writer, Trudi Makhaya as his economic advisor.

Ramaphosa said Makhaya’s duties would include coordinating the work of investment envoys as they travel the world in the hope of attracting at least $100-billion (R1.2-trillion) in new foreign direct investment to the economy over the next five years.

“Among her immediate responsibilities will be the coordination of the work of these special envoys and a series of investment roadshows in preparation for the Investment Conference,” Ramaphosa said.

“The engagements that we expect to take place will also be part of a process towards the establishment of a presidential council on investment.”

Everything you need to know about Trudi Makhaya:

  • She previously served as an advisor and angel investor in young companies and held non-executive directorships at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa.
  • Makhaya was the principal economist and an executive committee member at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014, where her role was to assess the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions, analysing complex competition enforcement cases and appearing as an expert witness at the Competition Tribunal.
  • Before joining the Competition Commission, Makhaya held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte South Africa, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
  • Makhaya holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes scholar. From the University of Witwatersrand, she holds an MCom in Economics, an honours degree in economics and a BCom in Law and Economics.

Source: African News Agency

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