Chief Director, Sectoral Oversight
National Treasury of South Africa
Avril Halstead is Chief Director at the National Treasury in South Africa where she is responsible for overseeing approximately 40 of the largest state-owned enterprises. She is a Trustee of the National Empowerment Fund, a development finance institution with the mandate to promote and facilitate broad-based black economic empowerment, and also the South African Mobility for the Blind Trust (SAMBT). Prior to joining the National Treasury, Halstead worked for McKinsey & Company, Old Mutual and Wipcapital, a subsidiary of Wiphold. She has also worked with a number of NGOs, notably the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Family and Marriage Association of South Africa (FAMSA) and Ikageng, an organization responsible for caring for HIV/AIDS orphans. Halstead has an MSc in Economic Policy from the University of London, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and an MA in Organizational Consulting from City University. Halstead was a South African track champion in the 1500m (1999) and represented the country in athletics and cross-country.