TIPS Staff

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  • Position Executive Director
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
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
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
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 Economist: Sustainable Growth
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 Economist: Sustainable Growth
Muhammed Patel joined TIPS in 2017. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where his thesis focused on the relationship between income and health in South Africa. Muhammed’s background spans work in industrial development, and competition and regulatory economics. While completing his Master’s degree, Muhammed worked as a junior researcher at the School of Development Studies conducting research on the manufacturing sector of eThekwini. He also lectured undergraduate economics students over this time. In 2015, Muhammed joined competition and regulatory consultancy Genesis Analytics, where he spent two years working on competition and regulation cases. Notably, his…

  • Position Senior Researcher
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 Senior Economist
Liako Mofo joined TIPS in July 2019.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics  as well as a Certificate in Statistics, both from the National University of Lesotho. She has more than 16 years of experience in economic research, policy development and analysis, development of national strategic development plans, sector-specific investment plans and project cycle management in the public sector, and development in the regional and international context. Prior to joining TIPS, she served as an Economist at the Lesotho Millennium Development Agency (LMDA)…

  • Position Economist
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
Lerato Valentia Monaisa has a Bachelor of Economics (with a distinction in economics) and Bachelor of Economics Honours (with distinction) from Rhodes University. She has MPhil in Industrial Policy at the University of Johannesburg. Lerato worked as a student assistant for UJ-IDEP MPhil in Industrial Policy between 2017 and 2018. In early 2019 she worked as an administrative assistant in monitoring and evaluation at Tshikululu Social Investments. From 2019 to early 2020 she worked for GTAC as a graduate intern seconded to the national treasury in the Intergovernmental Relations division. Lerato interest in sustainability, climate change and industrial policy dates…

  • Position Researcher: Sustainable Growth
Elize Hattingh joined TIPS in November 2020 as a Researcher: Sustainable Growth. She has a Master’s Degree  in Sustainable Development and Management from Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership in partnership with the Sustainability Institute. Elize has been actively involved in promoting the sustainable development agenda for more than 15 years. Research work included a Future Fit Career Guide for University of Stellenbosch Business School during 2017. Her work at Fetola as Head of Business Development included research for seda and DSBD to develop a BDS and Incubator EcoSystem Map for South Africa (2018-2020). Her work in circular economy and…

  • Position Economist
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 Senior Economist
Nokwanda Maseko joined TIPS as an economist in 2018. She holds a BCom Economics and International Trade (Cum Laude) and an MCom in Economics from the North West University (NWU), and is a Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) Fellow. She was previously a Budget Analyst at National Treasury and an Assistant Director at the Economic Development Department (EDD) focused on industrial policy.

  • Position Economist
Lesego Moshikaro joined TIPS in July 2019. Lesego earned a Master’s degree in Commerce specialising in Development Economics from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining TIPS, Lesego worked as a Crisis Response Fund (CRF) researcher and data analyst at CIVICUS and as a graduate research assistant at the Land Restitution Evaluation Study (LRES), launched by SALDRU. Lesego’s expertise lies in industrial policy, automotive manufacturing, battery energy storage systems, and in employment and skills for industry. 

  • Position Economist
Itumeleng Mokoena is an Economist at TIPS. He has worked on several projects across different sectors including financial services, government and manufacturing.  Prior to joining TIPS in 2020, Itumeleng worked as an Intern at Genesis Analytics. Itumeleng holds both BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and BA Honours in Politics and International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Johannesburg. He holds a Masters in International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town. His Masters' dissertation investigated the impact of private capital flows on South Africa's developmental state agenda. Itumeleng is an incoming MPhil candidate in Industrial Policy…

  • Position Assistant Researcher
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 Finance and HR Officer
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 Accountant
Moipone Maponya joined TIPS in 2018. Before joining TIPS, she was a supervising auditor with a leading international audit firm. She is a qualified professional accountant accredited by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and has a BCompt degree from the University of South Africa. She is registered with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). Moipone has vast experience in compliance management, risk, financial management and auditing.

  • Position Project Coordinator
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
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
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 Project Coordinator
Buhle Ngcobo has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences majoring in community development and anthropology. Before joining TIPS as a Project Coordinator, she worked in the innovation and entrepreneurship space at organisations such as Seda, Furntech, Mafikeng Digital Innovation Hub and the innovation agency founded and funded by eThekwini Municipality. 

  • Position Receptionist/Office Administrator
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
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.

  • Position Security Guard/Gardener
Dolly Mahlangu joined TIPS in March 2017 and is responsible for security and is a general assistant at TIPS. He attended and completed security training for grade E, D and C levels. Dolly has experience in office security, office grounds maintenance and day-to-day general duties.