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18 December 2020

UMP APPOINTS PROF VUSI GUMEDE AS DEAN FOR OUR NEW FACULTY OF ECONOMICS, DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS SCI

Before joining UMP, since March 2013 Gumede was a Professor at the University of South Africa, having previously headed the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

Prior to that Professor Gumede was an Associate Professor in Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg from June 2010 to February 2013. He has occupied various positions in the South African government, including being Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Economic Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry and Chief Policy Analyst in the Presidency’s erstwhile Policy Coordination and Advisory Services.

Before joining government, Professor Gumede worked as lecturer and researcher for various institutions and has held numerous fellowships abroad and here at home, including as a Distinguished Africanist Scholar at Cornell University and Yale World Fellow at Yale University and research fellowships with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, Centre for the Advanced Studies of African Society, Centre for the Study of African Economies and the International Policy Centre as well as an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. 

Since joining the academic sector in 2010, Professor Gumede has authored and edited 14 books and published over 40 journal papers, book chapters and essays as well as numerous research reports. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Africa Insight, Africanus and has also guest edited various special issues. 

He is a member of 6 Editorial Committees and serves in various oversight and advisory committees including the Presidential Economic Advisory Council. His postgraduate training is in policy studies and economics – he holds a PhD in Economics (completed in 2003) from the erstwhile University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal). 

Professor Gumede has led many significant research projects (funded by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Open Society Foundation, TrustAfrica, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Labour Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the South African National School of Government, the National Research Foundation in South Africa, the National Planning Commission in South Africa, the Financial and Fiscal Commission etc).

Professor Gumede has lectured Economics, African Political Economy, Development & Policy Studies for various universities and he has supervised to completion over 20 Masters and Doctoral students. He is the Vice-President of the National Council of the South African Association of Political Studies and has been involved in various capacities with Afrocentricity International, Pan-African Federalist Movement, Southern Africa Trust, Action Aid South Africa, African Union High Level Panel on Democracy and Governance, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the African Peer Review Mechanism, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, the Economic Development and Wellbeing Research Group, the Southern African Institute for Policy Research etc.

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