Dr. Miriam Altman

Dr. Miriam Altman is a part-time Commissioner on the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Office of the South African Presidency. This body guides long-term planning for South Africa (SA).

She was a significant contributor to the writing of SA’s first National Development Plan, and has played a leading role in shaping policy on employment, industrialization, and social protection.

Among other responsibilities, she is leading the NPC’s drive to strengthen the governance of state-owned enterprises, and to deepen and diversify trade and investment between China and South Africa.

From 2013 to April 2016, Miriam was Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for the Telkom Group, SA’s largest fixed-line telecommunications operator.

She was Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa from 2002 to 2013. Employment Scenarios was her flagship there, and these were heavily relied upon in the direction of South Africa’s first National Development Plan.

She has led major public policy and development programs in urban renewal and industrial development. She was Head of Economic Development in a multi-billion Rand township renewal program (Alexandra) and Project Leader of the 1998 Employment Strategy and Presidential Jobs Summit.

Miriam has a BA in economics from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester. She has produced more than 100 publications.

She was commissioning editor of approximately 400 policy papers and publications, and guest editor of four special edition journals. These publications can be found at www.miriamaltman.com

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