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Mzukisi Qobo

Political Risk Consultant and Strategy Advisor
University of Pretoria
Nationality: South Africa
Country: South Africa

Mzukisi Qobo teaches International Political Economy at the University of Pretoria. As a political risk consultant, he has advised clients in the mining industry and the financial services sector on government regulation and policy; managing corporate-government relations; and on improving reputational leadership.

Mzukisi has previously served as chief director at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), where he drafted South Africa’s trade policy and strategy framework. He has also fulfilled roles as head of Emerging Powers and Global Challenges programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) where he worked on the involvement of the BRICS in Africa.

Mzukisi has also trained Congolese diplomats on commercial diplomacy in Kinshasa; as well as Ethiopian Ambassadors on the same theme in Addis Ababa, as part of a resource team of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He is a board member of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria.



  • Commercial Diplomacy of Emerging Powers
  • South Africa's Foreign Policy
  • Political Economy of Global Finance and Trade


  • Ph.D (University of Warwick)

Library Articles

South Africa's Foreign Economic Strategies in a Changing Global system

"South Africa’s foreign policy has developed since the country’s transition to democracy in 1994. The South African government used to emphasise multilateralism as an important component in its international relations, keen to make itself heard on critical global issues. Today, the three main pillars of its foreign economic strategies are multilateral trade negotiations, the Group of Twenty...

Emerging powers and the changing global environment: Leadership norms and Institutions

"Emerging powers are asserting their influence in various multilateral institutions and seeking to amplify their unified voice on critical global policy issues. Some, notably Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), have gone a step further and formed a bloc to institutionalise their growing influence and augment their bargaining capacity. The paper examines the extent to which...

Saudi Arabia as an Emerging Market: Commercial Opportunities and Challenges for South Africa

Saudi Arabia is a country on the rise with its sights set on full integration into the global economy. Since the late 1990s, Saudi policymakers have made a concerted effort to reform the country’s economy, and to position it as an investment destination and an important player in the global economy. Economic reforms have created many opportunities for outsiders seeking new trade and investment...

The Implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the EU’s Relations with Africa

The long-awaited Lisbon Treaty, under which the European Union (EU) will be able to re-assert a dominant position internationally, streamline its internal bureaucratic processes to improve their efficiency, and speak with one voice on foreign policy matters, came into force on 1 December 2009. However, for African analysts the Treaty raises two questions. What will Africa’s place be in the EU’s...

The Challenges of Regional Integration in Africa In the Context of Globalisation and the Prospects for a United States of Africa

Published: 2007
"In the paper the theme of regional economic integration within the AU’s notion of building a United States of Africa is explored. The validity of the proposition that political integration is a desirable strategy for overcoming Africa’s deep-seated developmental challenges is critically assessed. The old model of regionalism, cast on the ideological paradigm of Pan-Africanism with its...