|Trudi Makhaya is CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm. The firm acts as a consultant and advisor on competition regulation, economic policy, business strategy and stakeholder relations. Clients include blue chips companies, government entities, entrepreneurs and investors.
As an active public commentator, writes a column for Business Day. Trudi has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, including an MCom in Economics and a BCom (Law).
Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Between March 2013 and March 2014, Trudi was Deputy Commissioner for an interim term. She was also a Divisional Manager since April 2012, responsible for policy analysis, advocacy and stakeholder relations, communications and international relations. Before taking up this role, she was a Principal Economist in the Chief Economist’s team where she assessed the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions, provided economic analysis on complex competition enforcement cases and acted as an expert witness at the Competition Tribunal.
Trudi represented the Commission at various international fora including the OECD, BRICS, International Competition Network and the African Competition Forum.
Prior to joining the Competition Commission in 2010, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
In her spare time, Trudi writes fiction and poetry. Her recent work is included in New Contrast and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.