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Head: Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand

Mzukisi is Head: Wits School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was previously Associate Professor of Strategy & International Business at the Wits Business School. Mzukisi was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

Previously, Mzukisi was co-founder and deputy director at the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 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 has also led policy advisory work for government including on illicit financial flows (transparency in beneficial ownership) for the Department of Public Service and Administration; SMME Internationalisation Strategy for the Department of Small Business Development; and International Relations Strategy for the Gauteng Premier’s Office.

Mzukisi has been programme Head: Emerging Powers and Global Challenges at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He has written extensively on geopolitics, global governance, and leadership. He sits on the Board of Corruption Watch. Mzukisi 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