Trudi Makhaya

Economic Adviser to the President, The Presidency of South Africa

Trudi Makhaya is a writer, economist and entrepreneur. In April 2018, she was appointed as full-time economic advisor to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa. In this role, she provides analytical support to the President on economic policy. This includes regular input on key issues and initiatives, interfacing with advisory structures and engaging with economic policy stakeholders. Trudi also serves as South Africa’s G20 sherpa.

Before taking up this role, Trudi led Makhaya Advisory, a boutique consulting firm. Prior to that, she was an economic regulator, rising to the position of Deputy Competition Commissioner. Earlier in her career, she worked as a management consultant at Genesis Analytics and Deloitte. Trudi has held non-executive directorships at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa.

Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From the University of Witwatersrand, she holds an MCom in Economics, an honours degree in economics and a BCom in Law and Economics.