Miriam Altman


A strategist, social activist, and economist, for many years at the forefront of thinking about employment and is now exercised with how countries become ‘unstuck’ and get activated. She is a Commissioner in the SA Presidency’s National Planning Commission, where she leads work on the economy and on education.

She is a Director at Altman Advisory and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, and associated with Tsinghua and Fudan Universities and CEIBS. She convenes a group of business and government leaders to shape a “China Business Strategy”, seeking to strengthen SA’s positioning in trade and investment with China. Passionate about the next generation, she is founder of Yandisa, which builds the capacity of elected high school leaders to drive constructive institutional change starting with improving education outcomes in their own schools.