Strategist, Social activist, and Economist
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Miriam served as an Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council where she worked on the “Employment Scenarios” project – its major project – from 2002 to 2012. The aim of the project was to utilise knowledge from stakeholders – the government, the private sector, labour and academia – in order to feasible solutions to reduce South Africa’s high unemployment.
She was the Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Telkom from June 2013 and April 2016. She currently works part-time as the Commissioner on the National Planning Commission in the Office of the Presidency – the parastatal tasked to guide long-term planning for South Africa – where she was recently since 2010. (She was reappointed for a second term in September 2015.)
In addition to the aforementioned roles, she is also a visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, and a non-resident Fellow at the Centre for Emerging Markets at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Dr. Altman is a prolific researcher with scores of academic publications and policy papers published.