Garth Strachan is Deputy Director-General: Industrial Development Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry. He is an Executive Member of the Minister of Science's National Advisory Council on Innovation. He has a Masters Degree in Public Finance from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He held various positions in the Provincial Parliament and Provincial Government, Western Cape, including MEC Finance and Economic Development. Garth worked for the ANC in exile between 1976 and 1990.