Dr Thabi Leoka is a prominent economist working in the financial sector. She was recently appointed by President Ramaphosa to the Public Investment Corporation Commission of Inquiry.
Dr Leoka is a non-executive director of MTN SA, the Small Business Institute and ACT-Afrique (based in Senegal). She sits on the advisory board of Deloitte SA, as well as the Council of Statistics South Africa where she chairs its economic committee. She was appointed by the Minister of Finance in 2018 to review zero-rated products in order to support the poor and vulnerable in the country.
Dr Leoka started her career as an economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has worked as an emerging markets economist at Barclays Capital, London and was Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital.
She has a PhD in Economics from the University of London, an MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and MA (Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was named the Economist of The Year 2017 by The Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals.