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    Deputy Executive Secretary: Regional Integration

    Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo was appointed as SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration (DES-RI) at the extraordinary meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers held in Malawi in October 2013.

    A national of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Mhlongo has previously served the Secretariat as the SADC Chief Director in 2001-2005. He is married with two children.

    ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS:

    • PHD Economics, York,1991-1994
    • MSc Economics, Bradford, 1989-1990
    • MSc Economics, Moscow, 1979-1985

    Short - Term Training:

    • Venture Capital Management, Commonwealth Development Corporation (one week),1999
    • Senior Executive Management, Harvard Business School & Wits Business School(8 weeks),2000

    WORK EXPERIENCE:

    • Head of Programmes, Southern Africa Trust, 2009-2013 (October);
    • Advisor: Regional Integration, Southern Africa Trust, 2007-2009;
    • Consultant, Research done for: WB, SARPN,2007-2009;
    • Chief Director, SADC Secretariat, Botswana, Department of Strategic Planning, Gender & Policy Harmonisation,2006;
    • Chief Director, Department of Trade and Industry, RSA,2001-2005;
    • Director, Department of Trade and Industry, RSA,1996-1998;
    • Manager, Industrial Development Corporation, RSA,1998;
    • Supervisor, Richards Bay Minerals, 1977.

    Special Assignments:

    • National Skills Development Strategy, Skills Development Act and Skills Levy Act, Department of Labour,1996-1999;
    • National Research and Technology Audit, Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology,1998-1999;
    • Support Programme For Industrial Innovation, Department of Trade and Industry,1998-2001;
    • Technology for Human Resource in Industry Programme, Department of Trade and Industry, 1998-2001;
    • Partnership for Industrial Innovation, Department of Trade and Industry, 2000-2001;
    • Innovation Fund Trust (Trustee), Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology,1999-2001;
    • Local Economic Development (Board Member), National Business Initiative, 1999-2001;
    • Trade and Industrial Policy Trust (Board Member), Department of Trade and Industry , 1997-2001.

    Other Accomplishments & Assignments:

    • South Africa‚Äôs membership of UNIDO and OECD, Department of Trade and Industry, 1997-1998;
    • National Empowerment Fund and National Empowerment Fund Act, Department of Trade and Industry,1997-1998;
    • Black Economic Empowerment Strategy and Black Economic Empowerment Act, Department of Trade and Industry,1999-2001;
    • Setting up the Department of Strategic Planning, Gender & Policy Harmonisation, SADC Secretariat,2001-2005;
    • Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, SADC Secretariat,2002-2003;
    • SADC HIV & AIDS Five-Year Strategic Business Plan, SADC Secretariat,2003-2004;
    • Establishment of a SADC-Donor Coordination mechanism, SADC Secretariat,2003-2004;
    • Coordinated SADC-AfDB Regional Integration Assistance Strategy, SADC-AfDB, 2004-2005;
    • Establishment of SADC Project Preparation and Development Fund, SADC Secretariat, 2004-2005;
    • Establishment of SADC Project Investment Fund, SADC Secretariat, 2007-2008;
    • SADC International Conference on Poverty and Development, Southern Africa Trust,2007-2008;
    • SADC Regional Poverty Reduction Framework, Southern Africa Trust, 2008-2009;
    • SADC Regional Poverty Observatory, Southern Africa Trust, 2009;
    • Inclusive Business (B4D: Business for Development), Southern Africa Trust, 2009;
    • Leadership for Change, Southern Africa Trust, 2009;
    • Regional Youth Exchange: sayXchange, Southern Africa Trust, 2010.

    Areas of Key Competence/Skills/Experience

    • Regional Integration;
    • Strategic Planning, Gender & Policy Harmonisation;
    • Industry & Technology Strategy;
    • Policy Analysis & Strategy;
    • Economic Research and Development;
    • Research Supervision.