A strategist, economist, and social activist who for many years was 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 National Planning Commission. In the first term, Miriam was a contributor to SA’s first National Development Plan. In this second term, she leads work on the economy, digital readiness, SOE performance and on education. Some of this work, on infrastructure delivery, state-owned enterprise performance. Miriam brought together the Covid-19 Economists Group to identify solutions aimed at mitigating social and economic effects of Covid-19. This involves improving an understanding of these impacts and more importantly identifying concrete responses. As a Director at Altman Advisory, she advises governments and companies in their economic and commercial strategies. As Chief of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for the Telkom Group from 2013-2016, she crafted and orchestrated its turnaround from a company in decline to one with sustained improvements in company financials, regulatory matters, customer service and market repositioning. Miriam was Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa from 2002 to 2013. 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 at UJ, Adjunct Professor at UCT, and is associated with the Center for Emerging Markets at CEIBS in Shanghai, and at Tsinghua and Fudan University.