Trudi Makhaya is a writer, economist and entrepreneur. In April 2018, she was appointed as full time economic advisor to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa. In this role, she provides technical support to the President on economic policy. This includes regular input on key issues and initiatives (such as the Investment Drive, Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, just transition and green economy, Operation Vulindlela) interfacing with relevant advisory councils and engaging with economic policy stakeholders.

Trudi also serves as South Africa’s G20 sherpa. Before taking up this role, Trudi was CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a boutique consulting fi rm with a focus on helping business navigate economic policy, including competition policy (anti-trust), that she founded in 2015. Trudi has also served as an advisor and angel investor in young companies. She has held non-executive directorships at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa.