TIPS Staff

Tips staff

  • Position Executive Director
  • Email saul@tips.org.za
Saul Levin joined TIPS in April 2013 and was appointed Executive Director in December 2014.  He has a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand, with his thesis on small business development. Saul was previously a chief director in the Economic Development Department (EDD) with oversight of the Development Finance Institutions reporting to EDD, including the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency. As part of his responsibilities he oversaw the merger of the small business finance entities and ran several projects to support small business development. He also worked as the chief of staff for…

  • Position Senior Economist
  • Email neva@tips.org.za
Neva Makgetla has undertaken extensive research into South African economic issues, published widely, and contributed to a number of national economic policy processes and debates from 1994. Until 2015, she was Deputy Director General for economic policy in the Economic Development Department. Before that, she was Lead Economist for the Development Planning and Implementation Division at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She has worked at a senior level in the Presidency and other government departments, and for seven years was head of the COSATU Policy Unit. She has a PhD in economics and before 1994 worked for over 10 years as an economics lecturer.

  • Position Finance, HR and Admin Manager
  • Email edmore@tips.org.za
Edmore joined TIPS in August 2014. He has more than 23 years’ financial management and reporting experience, accounting, risk management, administration/operations, human resources, compliance management and governance experience. He is currently studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration, is a holder of an MBA Degree, a Bachelor of Business Studies Honours Degree, Certificates in Project Management (from Stellenbosch University), Supervisory Management (from the Institute of Supervisory Management London), Diversity Management, Total Quality Management and Communication and Collaboration. He is a qualified PEPFAR Programme Consultant trained through a collaborative programme conducted by the University of Washington and I – TECH, Seattle, USA. Edmore previously worked for a Broadcasting institution, an…

  • Position Senior Researcher
  • Email mbofholowo@tips.org.za
Mbofholowo Tsedu joined TIPS in 2007 and is a Senior Researcher for the Industrial Development pillar mainly focused on trade and industrial policy issues. He has a BComm Economics degree from the University of Pretoria and is enrolled in a MSc programme focused on Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Mbofholowo has project managed, authored and contributed to numerous research papers and projects on economic development and industrialisation issues. He also has been responsible for providing supplementary research support to TIPS’s other pillars.   

  • Position Senior Researcher
  • Email sithembiso@tips.org.za
Sithembiso Mtanga joined TIPS in 2007 and has progressed to become one of the organisation’s senior researchers. He has a BCom (Economics and Econometrics) and Bcom Honours (General Economics) from the University of Johannesburg as well as an MSc Finance (Economic Policy) degree from the University of London. He has nine years' economic research experience and has worked extensively in investment, trade and industrial policy-related projects. Sithembiso also has seven years' Project Management experience and maintains good relations with policymakers within the ITED, IDD and TISA divisions at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). Over the years he…

  • Position Senior Economist: Sustainable Growth
  • Email Gaylor@tips.org.za
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair joined TIPS as an Economist in 2011. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance and Political Science, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) of Grenoble, France. He also completed a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment Economics from the Grenoble Faculty of Economics, France. Prior to TIPS, Gaylor was an Economic Attaché at the Department of Economic Affairs for Southern Africa (French Treasury) of the Embassy of France in South Africa.…

  • Position Senior Researcher: Green Jobs
  • Email thabo@tips.org.za
Thabo Thulare joined the TIPS Sustainable Growth Unit in September 2016 as a Senior Researcher: Green Jobs to work on unlocking the potential for green jobs in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and Industrial Sociology; Master of Science degree in Development Planning and Programme in Economics and Public Finance. He is studying towards a Master of Philosophy in Development Finance at the Stellenbosch Business School with a special focus on green industrialisation and renewable energy policy. Before joining TIPS, Thabo was a Project Officer and the Acting Project Executive for the proposed Atlantis Greentech Special…

  • Position Economist
  • Email baba@tips.org.za
Baba-Tamana Gqubule joined TIPS in August 2014. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a Bachelor of Economics Honours degree from Rhodes University. Baba has experience as a Policy Analyst at the Economic Development Department. She was involved in developing policies aimed at broadening participation in the economy with a specific focus on conducting research to inform the Department’s strategy towards increasing the participation of Women in the economy.  

  • Position Economist
  • Email christopher@tips.org.za
Christopher Wood is an economist focusing on trade and industry policy. He previously worked as a researcher in economic diplomacy at the South African Institute of International Affairs, and has completed consulting work with Oxford Analytica, Executive Research Associates, the Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme, and a leading South African trade union. His research areas include trade and industrial policy, global economic governance, and financial regulatory reform. He holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Political Science from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

  • Position Economist
  • Email mbongeni@tips.org.za
Mbongeni Ndlovu joined TIPS in 2016. He has expertise in Development Economics, Macroeconomic Policy Review and Analysis, Private Sector Development, Impact Assessment, Strategic Advisory and Stakeholder Engagement. Prior to working at TIPS he worked as an Associate at Genesis Analytics and as an intern at the South African Reserve Bank. He has Master of Science Degrees in African Studies and Development Economics from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Position Economist
  • Email wendy@tips.org.za
Wendy Nyakabawo is an Economist at TIPS focusing on industrial policy. She has worked on projects dealing with value chains in the mining and chemicals sector, Special Economic Zones, R&D and innovation, procurement, and economic multipliers. She is also a Teaching Assistant for the TIPS training course on Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling. Wendy holds a Masters in Economics degree (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria specialising in Econometrics. She has co-authored journal articles on “Temporal  causality between  house prices and output  in the US: A bootstrap rolling-window approach” in the North American Journal of Economics and Finance  and…

  • Position Economist: Sustainable Growth
  • Email Shakespear@tips.org.za
Shakespear Mudombi joined TIPS in August 2016. He holds a PhD in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa, a Collaborative MSc in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the University of Zimbabwe (with electives done at University of Pretoria) and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. His interests include the green economy, sustainable growth and livelihoods, agricultural and rural development, environment, climate change, science, technology, and economics of innovation. Before joining TIPS he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He also worked as an NRF SARCHi research fellow…

  • Position Economist
  • Email gillian@tips.org.za
Gillian Chigumira has a Masters in Commerce – Development Theory and Policy. She has an Honours in Commerce, Honours in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) as a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Scholar on projects related to Africa’s trade and engagement with BRICS, and at Rethink Africa on dialogues and policy notes focusing on inequality, minimum wages and privatisation, in collaboration with Oxfam, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Gillian is a Mellon…

  • Position Economist
  • Email asanda@tips.org.za
Asanda Fotoyi holds a Master of Commerce in Economics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, with her thesis titled Analysis of Revisions to the South African Quarterly Gross Domestic Product. She has a BComm Honours in Economics, and a double major undergraduate degree, BComm Accounting and Economics. Prior to joining to TIPS, she worked as an assistant economist in National Accounts and Economic Analysis at Statistics South Africa. Asanda participated as a laureate in the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) 2017 session of its Democratic Governance Institute, an annual interdisciplinary forum which brings together about 15…

  • Position Economist
  • Email rhulihobsr@hotmail.com
Rhulani Hobyani is a Junior Economist at TIPS, seconded to the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). He holds BCom Honours Degrees in Economics from the University of Limpopo and is enrolled for a Masters in Economics by Research at the University of Johannesburg. He previously worked as a Research Management Intern at the dti, where he was responsible for compiling monthly research update publications (ERPC’s Economic Research Monitor); collecting and circulating the latest key Statistical and Economic publications to all the dti employees through the Knowledge Management Centre; performing administrative and coordination functions for the dti commissioned research…

  • Position Assistant Researcher
  • Email kelello@tips.org.za
Kelello Mashiane is assisting with the Foreign Direct Investment Project. She has a bachelor’s degree from UNISA and two years' work experience as a research assistant at the Economic Development Department. She worked on several data collection projects at EDD and provided research support to the Chief Economist.

  • Position Junior Researcher: Sustainable Development
  • Email bhavna@tips.org.za
Bhavna Deonarain joined TIPS in November 2016 as a Junior Researcher in Sustainable Development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, a Master’s degree in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Bhavna has previously worked as a research intern in the field of sustainable development and renewable energy and is interested in South Africa’s transition towards a green economy and society.

  • Position Finance and HR Officer
  • Email tiro@tips.org.za
Tiro joined TIPS in June 2014.  His interest in business studies started in high school when he chose accounting, economics and business economics as subjects. He then went to the Universal College of Outcomes to study for a Diploma in Bookkeeping. He has completed short courses in financial management for non-government organisations (NGOs), taxes for NGO, project management, and a course on conflict transformation.   Before joining TIPS, he was employed as the Finance Manager for TVEP, a non-profit trust in Limpopo. He worked for the ACTION Support Centre as a finance assistance before being promoted first to bookkeeper and…

  • Position Project Coordinator
  • Email daphney@tips.org.za
Daphney joined TIPS in November 2013. She holds a Diploma in Business Management and Administration and a Diploma in Business Computing. She has 13 years' working experience in administration including project administration and logistics management. Before joining TIPS she was at Cheadle Thompson & Hayom as the project administrator providing support for Land Tenure. She was also with the University of Pretoria Trust as an administrator at the business development unit, responsible for the management and development of new business and administration of the Intellectual Property projects.

  • Position Project and Events Coordinator
  • Email rozale@tips.org.za
Rozale Sewduth joined TIPS in 2010. Her portfolio at TIPS includes organising events and conferences and she co-ordinates the TIPS training workshop programme. She was involved with providing administrative support to the Community Work Programme (CWP) during the handover period from TIPS to the Department of Cooperative Governance and was part of the team that designed and implemented the TIPS Geographical Information System (GIS) community mapping tool. Rozale has more than 10 years' working experience. Her core capabilities are project coordination, contract management, customer relations, staff supervision, office management and personal assistant duties. She has extensive experience in managing events…

  • Position Project Coordinator
  • Email Natasha@tips.org.za
Natasha joined TIPS in February 2013 as a Project Coordinator. She holds a Diploma in Office Administration and Personal Assistant, a Diploma in Business Computing and has a certificate in Project Management. She has over 13 years’ experience in administration including project administration and coordination, logistics management, contract management, customer relations, staff supervision, office management and operations, and personal assistant duties at both local and international level. She has extensive experience in office operations and managing conferences at a national and international level. Before joining TIPS she was employed at CIDA (Canadian High Commission Funded) and she was also with the City…

  • Position Receptionist/Office Administrator
  • Email IpelengM@tips.org.za
Ipeleng Motau joined TIPS in 2015. She has a Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She completed a facilitation course followed by a Business Development course with the University of Pretoria in 2013. She started working as a voluntary administrator and programme assistance for a community development NGO known as Angels of Glory and then became an administrator.

  • Position Office Assistant
  • Email emily@tips.org.za
Emily joined TIPS in 2004 and is responsible for office assistance and maintenance. She has two years' general secretarial experience and has completed a number of computer software courses, including Microsoft Word and Excel.