Elias Masilela

Economist, Strategist and Business Speaker - Johannesburg
Elias Masilela


Editor, academic, economist, strategist, policy formulator, negotiator, business leader, international events coordinator and author … these are just some of the roles that Elias Masilela has performed in his short professional life.

He holds a BA degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland, and an MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialisation in Money, Banking and International Economics, from the Addis Ababa University.

He has a long professional history, characterised by a deepness of understanding of the policy environment, grounded in sectorial and international matters. He has originated and ran several policy initiatives in South Africa.

He has lectured, written and published widely, in Swaziland, South Africa and elsewhere.

One of his latest writings has literally re-written the history of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provided an entirely new and interesting perspective to South Africa’s liberation. The title of the book is “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo”. The book was amongst a few select titles identified to represent South Africa at the London Book Fair Market Focus in April 2010. Currently, it is being translated into a stage musical, by Mbongeni Ngema, to capture over a century of relentless struggle for liberation.

He has sat on many influential Boards in South Africa, in different capacities, such as the Board of the South African Savings Institute (SASI), the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) and that of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) as well as the UNGC Board advising the Secretary General of the UN.

He continues to influence thinking in South Africa, on policy, through his continued engagement as an opinion writer and commentator in the media.


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