Joel Netshitenzhe


Joel Khathutshelo Netshitenzhe is the Executive Director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), an independent research institute. He has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Financial Economics from the University of London (SOAS) and a diploma in Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow. Between 1994 and 2009 he served in government, variously, as Head of Communication in President Nelson Mandela’s Office, CEO of Government Communications (GCIS) and Head of the Policy Unit (PCAS) in The Presidency. From 2010 to 2015 he served on South Africa’s first National Planning Commission. He is a member of the NEC of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the Boards of NEDBANK Group, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Life Healthcare Group.