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Director, Altman Advisory; Professor of Practice, University of Johannesburg
Dr. Miriam Altman is a recognised thought leader, strategist and economist. She has deep experience in economic policy research, and, unusually, also in leadership of major transformation initiatives. Miriam is Director of Altman Advisory where she supports governments and companies in their economic and commercial strategies. To date, this has involved African market development in e-commerce, education technology, electrical hardware, tourism and communications. She is currently lead drafter of the SA Government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050.
Previously she served as Chief of Strategy at Telkom (2013-2016), crafting and orchestrating its turnaround. Miriam was a Commissioner in the National Planning Commission (2010-2011) in the SA Presidency. There she led its work on the economy, including that on infrastructure and State-Owned Enterprise reform. As an Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) from 2002 – 2013, her flagship was the HSRC Evidence Based Employment Scenarios that convened top leaders from business, labour, government and academia to find concrete solutions to SA’s extreme unemployment challenge.She is a Professor of 4IR Practice in the Dept of Economics, University of Johannesburg. Miriam has economics degrees from McGill University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester.