“Hearing him speak, I would recommend him having the President’s ear.” -Sowetan

Ndumiso Hadebe is an award-winning Economist and Business Strategist.

He is a Contributing Author of a book titled ‘Reflections on SA’, the foreword of the book is written by the Presidency in the Republic of South Africa. He has served as visiting faculty member at GIBS Business School and as a Faculty Board and Institutional Senate Member at the North West University. He is also the winner of Africa’s most contested leadership and debate programme on SABC 1, One Day Leader season 2 where he was adjudicated by the current Nasper SA CEO Mrs Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa over a 13 week period. Ndumiso has been announced as a judge for season 8 of the programme in 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and International Trade from North West University (NWU), awarded his research in a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics with distinction from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and has completed the Alternative Investments programme from Harvard Business School (HBS).


He provides economic and transaction advisory services coupled with research  and policy insights for multinationals, businesses, governments, and non-governmental organisations to effectively respond to challenges in rapidly changing industries and policy environments across the globe.

He is also a regular contributor on Business Day publications, 702 Talk Radio, Kaya FM and many other business platforms.

Ndumiso is also a published contributing author in a book titled “Reflections on SA”, wherein he provides a perspective on the opportunities that lie in increased investment in human capital development and productive capacity of SA’s economy. The foreword of the book was written by the President of the Republic of South Africa. He commenced his career as an Analyst in Shanduka Group. He presently serves as the Lead Economist and  Executive Director at Pax Africana Holdings and on the boards of several not for profit organisations.


A well-researched and engaging orator; audiences in the US, Paris, China and the Netherlands have yielded benefit from Ndumiso’s public presentations, speeches and lectures. He was a national finalist in the Anglo American and Sowetan Young Communicators Awards and the United Nations Model Debate. He has further represented SA at UNESCO as a speaker. As a sought-after thought leader, Ndumiso has delivered his own TED talk presentation on the upside opportunities and downside risks of bad leadership.

He is an Ambassador for South Africa’s nation brand, BRAND SA and a judge for Season 7 of One Day Leader on SABC 1.


As a Strategist, Ndumiso has been involved in the development of strategies for a technology company that was awarded as a runner-up in a competition in Silicon Valley, Carlifonia amongst some of the best in the world. He has also worked as part of strategic capital raising team for one of the South African state-owned enterprises with success.

For his diligence, he has been recognised for adding significant strategic value and has received the Gauteng Premier’s Certificate of Excellence and the Sedibeng District Mayor’s medal for his outstanding contribution in the areas of investment promotion, facilitation and after care.