Phumla Hlati

Doctoral Researcher

Phumla Hlati (née Ndaba) is a Doctoral Researcher at the Dullah Omar Institute under the SARChI in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, following a fifteen-year long career in economic development and local economic development (LED) within the South African public service, consultancy and international development. She has worked for various national government departments as well as the Eastern Cape Provincial government. Her last portfolio in the South African public service was Chief Director: Economic Development in the Ministry of Cooperative a Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA, 2010-2015), where she was responsible for LED Policy and Practise. As a consultant from 2015, she specialised in LED advisory and worked with organisations such as the Centre for Municipal Research and Advice and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). In 2018, she joined CLGF on a full time basis as a Senior LED Advisor: Southern African Region. In this portfolio she continued to provide LED training and advisory work in Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. She is a University of the Western Cape graduate with honours in Economics (2000). She also holds a Master of Science degree in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts (2004). Her research interest is the interface and dynamism between multi-level governance and LED in Southern Africa.