Greg Mills PhD is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. A special advisor to a number of African and other governments, he is widely published on international affairs, development and security, a columnist for South Africa’s Sunday Times, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (Penguin: 2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst (President, Colgate University), Africa’s Third Liberation (Penguin: 2012).
In 2008 he was deployed as Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda. Since 2007 he has directed the Secretariat to the Presidential International Advisory Board in Mozambique, and since 2012 the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy of Malawi. In 2006 he was on assignment in Kabul as head of the International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Prism strategic analysis group, and was seconded to ISAF in Kandahar also with Prism in 2010, and to HQ ISAF again in Kabul in 2012.
Based on his peace-building experiences, in 2011 he jointly edited, with General Sir David Richards, Victory Among People: Lessons from Countering Insurgencies and Stabilising Fragile States (2011: Royal United Services Institute), and in 2013 has published Somalia – Fixing Africa’s Most Failed State (Tafelberg) with the Atlantic Council's Peter Pham and Australian counter-insurgency specialist David Kilcullen.
The grandson of the pre-war Grand Prix racer Billy Mills, and himself a driver on the African 2014 Le Mans 24-hour initiative, he has published several titles on motorsport history, most recently Agriculture, Furniture and Marmalade: Southern African Motorsport Heroes (Panmacmilllan: 2013). He is currently working on a manuscript identifying the reasons for and plausible solutions to state failure.