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Head: Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand

MZUKISI QOBO is Head: Wits School of Governance and formerly Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at the Wits Business School. He has been serving on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council since 2019.

In the past, he has held a senior leadership role in government as chief director responsible for developing South Africa’s trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry. He also had a stint as head of the emerging powers and global challenges programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He was co-founder and deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria.

Mzukisi has extensive experience in the fields of governance, international trade, geopolitics, and strategy. 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. His book The Political Economy of US-China Relations and Implications for Africa was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022.


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


  • 2005 
    University of Warwick, PhD Politics and International Studies