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Zukiswa Mqolomba

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2010

Zuki Mqolomba is a Senior Executive with roots deeply embedded in Economics, Poverty and Public Policy Research. She has over 12 years of professional experience; most of which has been in senior management levels. She holds 2 Masters degrees: MSocsci (Public Policy, Research) and MA (Poverty and Development) from the University of Cape Town and University of Sussex (United Kingdom) respectively. She also holds an executive leadership certificate with Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, United States. She is currently doing her PHD in Development Studies with Wits University. She has won international and domestic awards for her leadership in public policy. For instance, she has won the Africa 3535 Laureate award, the Humphrey Leadership award from the United States and all for her policy contribution in the Public sector, as well as the Mail&Guardian top 200 leaders, running in the top 10 for Politics and Government sector. She is also a recipient of the Vice-chancellor's award from the University of Cape Town for her contribution in student leadership as SRC President. She is a Mo Ibrahim Fellow, EALP Fellow, Mandela/Rhodes scholar, as well Chevening scholar with a keen interest in Poverty and Social Security, Poverty and labour markets, Economics, African Renaissance, International Relations, Afro/Silo relations and South-South Cooperations in particular. She has a passion for international development and has participated in a number of global consultative forums (AU, UNESCO, The Elders, NATO) giving representation on youth agency in Africa.
She serves as a member of the Panel of Experts appointed by the Department of Public Works; giving representation on a job creation strategy for the Department. She is previously a member of the Board of Directors of SAWIP (South African Washington International Programme), as well as a board member of PAYD and now the Community of Mandela Rhodes Scholars. She writes for The Thinker & M&G Thoughtleader. She previously worked as a Senior Sector Expert: Economy in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (Presidency) in South Africa. Career motto: "Being apart of a Generation of Public servants committed to the unglamorous task of thinking by doing: building strong state Institutions that can(re)" (Zuki Mqolomba) She hopes to contribute towards a new development narrative of Africa; believing that Africa’s aspirations can be achieved in our lifetime. Specialties: Research, Policy development, Policy analysis and Project Management


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