Commissioner Profile

Dr Welcome Siphamandla Zondi

Zondi is a professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and the chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank. He is Commissioner on the National Planning Commission of South Africa. Between 2000 and 2004, he worked as a researcher at the Africa Institute of South Africa. Between 2005 and 2016, he worked for the Institute for Global Dialogue at University of South Africa, which he also headed between 2010 and 2016.

He has taken consultancy in areas such as strategy and policy development, book writing and editing, continental and regional integration, and international cooperation. He has published in areas like political parties and movements, regional integration, South Africa’s and Africa's international relations and ocean governance.

Zondi holds a Doctorate and Master's degrees from Cambridge University and BA Hons and Higher Diploma in Education from University of Durban-Westville.