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Zukiswa Mqolomba

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2010

Zuki Mqolomba is a Public Sector Lead with roots deeply embedded in Economics, Poverty and Public Policy Research. She has over 14 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 Sociology Studies with the University of Cape Town. She has won international and domestic awards for her leadership in public policy. For instance, she has won the Africa 3535 Laureate award, the Africa Youth Award for Governance 2021, 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 Public Sector Transformation, 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 an Adjunct faculty member of the Chandlers Institute of Governance headquartered in Singapore; training public servants across Africa and the world. 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 is now a Board member of PESA. 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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