Commissioner Profile

Mr Elias Masilela

Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission. Holds a BA Degree Social Science with the University of Swaziland, MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with Addis Ababa University as well as several professional certificates with Harvard University. Also Chairman of influential entities in South Africa, such as Sanlam and Capital Harvest. In 2018, he took up the chairpersonship of the National Task Force on Impact Investing in South Africa. Member of the boards of Multichoice Group, Multichoice SA, Alternative Prosperity Holdings, Future Planet Capital in London, Strate, CA Sales.

Previously, CEO of the PIC, Head of Policy Analysis at Sanlam, Act. Dep. Director General Economic Policy in the National Treasury, Director of Research, Central Bank of Swaziland. He was also a member of the Boards of the South African Reserve Bank, the Government Employee Pension Fund, the Airports Company SA, as well as the UN Global Compact Board & Chairman of the (UNGC) SA Local Network. Until recently, he was Chairman of Economic Research Southern Africa, Chairman of Absa Asset Management and member of the Avior Capital Markets, Absa Financial Services, the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund boards as well as the V&A Waterfront.

He was instrumental in the listing of Multichoice Group and Avior Capital Markets on the JSE (2019 & 2017), as well as, CA Sales on the BSE (2018).

Founder of many initiatives such as the Financial Sector Charter Council, Social Security and Retirement reform, UNGC Africa Implementation Agenda for the SDGs and the Ratepayers Association network in Swaziland, amongst others. Recently, the Impact Investing SA Movement. He has published and lectured widely. He is an author, economist, editor, strategist, policy formulator, negotiator, business leader, international events coordinator, public speaker, commentator and book publisher. Top 40 of Alan Paton Award in 2007 (Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo) and ranked the 14th influential player, Sovereign Wealth Funds Institute, 2013. His most recent book is entitled LARRY – Simply Larry, September 2018, is changing lives.