Dr Thando Vilakazi is Executive Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg, specialising in academic research, teaching and advice on competition policy and industrial development. He currently also serves as a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa.
Thando previously worked as an economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa, and has led research and provided teaching and advisory services across various economic sectors for competition authorities, regulators, government departments, international universities and NGOs, and private enterprises in South Africa and various African countries. His research interests include barriers to entry and economic participation, regional integration, competition policy and inclusive growth, and industrial development.
He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Johannesburg, and a Masters (Applied Economics) from the University of Cape Town. Thando has published widely, including in Development Southern Africa and Review of African Political Economy, and HSRC Press and Wits University Press book publications. He is co-editor and co-author of an HSRC Press book titled ‘Opening the South African Economy? Barriers to Entry and Competition’.