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Dr Mzukisi Qobo

Dr Mzukisi Qobo is a well-known South African thought leader, public speaker and author. He 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.

Mzukisi views social change through the lens of leadership, and his message cuts across the global and domestic landscape. He is driven by a passion to empower the next generation of leaders. 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, and has offered advice on political risk and leadership to financial services and mining companies in the past.

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.

Mzukisi's Keynote Speaking Themes include:

1. Transformational leadership and Global Change
2. Africa’s Rise and Leadership Challenges
3. South Africa’s Leadership Trends and Political Outlook

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