Associate Professor: International Business & Strategy, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand

PhD, University of Warwick, UK

Research Areas: Global Governance, International Business, Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership

Dr Mzukisi Qobo is Associate Professor: International Business & Strategy at the Wits Business School. He was previously deputy at the NRF Chair on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.

Mzukisi sits on the Board of Corruption Watch. He was part of a team of academics that authored the much-publicized ‘Shadow State’ Report in 2018 on connecting the dots on state capture in state-owned enterprises.

In the past, Mzukisi held a position as Chief Director: Trade Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry where he developed South Africa’s trade policy. He has also had a stint as Head of Emerging Powers programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs, where he led research on emerging economies and global governance, and convened thought leadership seminars on similar themes.

Mzukisi has also written for the Business Day, the Daily Maverick, and the Sowetan newspapers as a regular columnist. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and BA from the University of Cape Town.


  • 2012–2014
    Deputy Director, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)


  • 2005 
    University of Warwick, PhD Politics and International Studies