Commissioner Profile

Dr Miriam Altman

Expertise: economic and employment policy, telecommunications and digital services, infrastructure and state owned enterprises, labour and education, China economic strategy. She is a Director at Altman Advisory focused on strategy and market advisory work.

Most recently, Miriam brought together the Covid-19 Economists Group to identify solutions aimed at mitigating social and economic effects of Covid-19. Their work can be found at

She was previously Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for the Telkom Group responsible for crafting and orchestrating its turnaround from 2013 to 2016.

Miriam was an Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa from 2002 to 2013. The “Employment Scenarios” was her flagship. This drew leaders from government, the private sector, labour and academia together over a period of years to define a vision and practical strategies to address extremely high unemployment in South Africa.

Passionate about the next generation, she recently launched YANDiSA in partnership with enke-Make Your Mark. YANDiSA aims to build the capacity of elected high school leaders to drive constructive institutional change starting with improving education outcomes in their own schools.

Miriam has a BA in economics from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester. She is a 4IR Professor of Practice in the School of Economics, University of Johannesburg and an Adjunct Professor at Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT. Miriam has produced more than 100 publications and her work can be found at