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Mbongeni Ndlovu

Illovo Academic Head of African Trade and Industrialisation


Mbongeni, is the Illovo Academic Head of African Trade and Industrialisation at TWIMS. He is
responsible for guiding and developing the Institute’s African Trade and Industrialisation
curriculum. In addition to this, he supervises MBA students and lectures on the “African Trade
and Industrialisation” GIBS Manufacturing Focus MBA elective and on TWIMS’ executive
short courses.


Mbongeni’s specialisations include development economics, industrial policy, and African
studies. As a consultant and development economist, he has 7 years of experience in policy
research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment evaluation, and strategy
development. His research has focused primarily on the automotive, clothing and footwear
industries. Most recently, he has contributed to the development of a Sub-Saharan African
Automotive Pact model; South Africa’s Clothing, Textiles and Footwear Masterplan; and South
Africa’s Yellow Metals Masterplan.


In addition to his roles at TWIMS, Mbongeni is also the Research Manager at B&M Analysts
(Pty) Ltd. He has previously held positions at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and
Genesis Analytics. He has led research projects for major South African government
departments, such as the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), and the
Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). Mbongeni also served as a Rhodes
Scholar while completing two master’s degrees at the University of Oxford in 2013 and 2014.


MSc in African Studies (University of Oxford)

MSc in Economics for Development (University of Oxford)

BBusSci in Economics & Finance, Cum Laude (University of KwaZulu-Natal)


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