Ayabonga Cawe - Unique Speaker Bureau

Development Economist, Columnist. Radio Presenter and Activist

Keynote/Programme Director

Ayabonga is Managing Director of a platform involved in advisory, facilitation and content development across a wide range of fields.

He writes a regular column for the Daily Maverick and Business Day and he is also a host on #PowerBusiness on PowerFM.

Previously he has worked with Oxfam South Africa (OZA) as an Economic Justice Manager and worked on policy advocacy and research. In addition to this he has been an Associate Consultant for Dalberg Global Development Advisors who are a global development strategy consulting and policy advisory firm.

His experience ranges from economic research, policy and supply chain analysis to advocacy, development program design and M&E.  As co-founder of Rethink Africa NPC, a youth led policy research and advisory organisation- he has taken part in the research and advisory of various policy engagement and development issues in agriculture, urban design, rail and labour market policy.

His knowledge and experience on international issues of sustainability and business includes conducting primary research with farmer organisations in Indonesia for a multilateral client. He has also done primary research in Nigeria for a market entry strategy on behalf of a global pharmaceutical manufacturer. He landed the ‘Best Business and Finance Show’ at the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards.

Ayabonga also sat on the National Minimum Wage Advisory Panel appointed by Deputy President and Nedlac, which advised oon the R20/hour proposal. Currently he sits on the VAT zero-rating panel, tasked by the Minister of Finance to consider the expansion of the list of food and non-food items exempted from value and additional tax.

He holds a M.Com (Cum Laude) in Development Theory and Policy from Wits.


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