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As a board member of Corruption Watch, Dr Thabi Leoka is an economic strategist focusing on the upward growth of the South African economy.


Thabi Leoka is an Economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector and was recently appointed by President Ramaphosa to the Public Investment Corporation Commission of Inquiry. Thabi is a non-executive director of MTN SA, Small Business Institute and ACT-Afrique which is based in Senegal.


She is also on the advisory board of Deloitte SA. Thabi sits on the Statistic South Africa (Stats SA) Council where she chairs the Economic Committee. She was appointed by the Minister of Finance in 2018 to review the zero-rated products in order to support the poor and vulnerable in the country.


Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays Capital in London and Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital.


Thabi has a PhD in Economics from the University of London, MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and MA (Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Thabi was named the Economist of The Year 2017 by ABSIP. She writes for various publication both in South Africa and internationally.


Thabi was head hunted by Standard Bank and moved back to South Africa at the end of 2011 to head up Standard Bank’s research team. She has also worked as the Chief Economist of Renaissance Capital, South Africa. Thabi Leoka started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management where she was a pan-Africa economist for the Africa Fund.


She has also worked at Barclays Capital (London) as an emerging markets economist, and her coverage has included Brazil and Central Europe as well as a number of African countries.

She obtained her PhD and MSc in Economics from the London University School of Economics, and also holds an MA in Economic Development and International Trade from Wits University, and a BA in Social Science from Wits University.

Thabi was a columnist for the Business Times. She writes for the Business Day, Money Marketing and global publications such as Into Africa which is a publication that looks at capital markets on the African continent and Brics Post.

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