Prof. Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch Professor of Development Policy and Practice and has directed the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT since 2013.

He was born in Cape Town and educated in Economics and History at UCT, Wits and Columbia.

After teaching economic history and economics at the University of Cape Town, he joined the South African Department of Trade and Industry in 1995, managing industry and technology policy. He worked at the South African Presidency from 2002 to 2012 where he managed economic policy, represented the Presidency at the G20, and was co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group.

He currently serves on the governing board and exco the European Centre for Development Policy Management and the on the Management Board of the Atlantic Fellows Programme at the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics.

He was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School, a regular visiting professor at the Graduate School of Governance at Maastricht University, directed the International Growth Centre’s research in Zambia for 5 years, and was a member of the OECD secretary-general’s Inclusive Growth Advisory Panel.

He writes about economic development issues, including Season of Hope - Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki and recently co-edited The Oxford Companion to South African Economics.

“Today, we are here primarily to discuss Integrate Africa, to bring down the tariff and non-tariff barriers that have marginalized and impoverished so many economies and prevented us from capitalizing on our physical and human capital resource base” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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