Mills Soko is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Wits
Business School, and former Director of UCT Graduate School of Business.
He holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Stellenbosch,
as well as an MA and Doctorate in International Political Economy from the
University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. His doctoral thesis examined
the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa.
He was previously employed by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa
as a researcher on parliamentary affairs, monitoring and preparing reports on
the work of parliamentary committees in South Africa's first democratic
He also worked as researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and
Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Public Enterprises in the National Council of
Provinces (NCOP). This was followed by his appointment as Head of Policy
and Legislative Research in the NCOP, where he oversaw and coordinated
the work of committee researchers.
He is a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance, Journal of
Common Market Studies and AfricaGrowth Agenda. He is a research
associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs as well as the
Institute of Global Dialogue. He has served as a member of the Evian
Group’s Council of Global Thought Leaders and the Department of Trade and Industry’s
Trade Reference Group.
He is a member of the advisory board of Namibia Business School, and has
previously chaired the board of Inyathelo (The South African Institute of
Advancement). He also formerly chaired a working group on education and
employment under the auspices of the Africa-Germany Partnership, an
initiative of the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst
Köhler. And he was a member of the Warwick Commission on The Future of
the Multilateral Trading System.