Tseliso Mohlomi, the new Senior Director for the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW).
Mohlomi has more than twenty years of experience in International Relations, Trade and Investment, Resource Mobilisation and Project Management. His experiences span the NGO sector, corporate and the public sectors.
He joins the university from the public sector where he worked as Director responsible for Strategic Partnerships, Special Projects and International Relations at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development. In this role, he was responsible to source and forge strategic partnerships between government and the corporate sector, as well as lobby for the integration of SMMEs into the mainstream economy through market access initiatives. He also liaised with embassies, multilateral and bilateral development agencies to facilitate collaborations and leverage foreign direct investment.
In addition, Mohlomi has worked as the Vice President for Africa Operations for an American based Christian publishing company, Our Daily Bread/Discovery House Publishing. In this role he oversaw operations in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He led a process of change management through developing business processes, governance structures, human capital development strategies, business development and financial management.
Adding to his 20-plus years in global senior management positions, Mohlomi is a freelance Executive Coach/Consultant focusing on intercultural leadership and integration. He freelances for the likes of Dwellworks University in New York, Cartus Intercultural and Language Solutions (UK) and NetExpat (UK), offering training and coaching to Senior Executives coming to South Africa or leaving South Africa to work with Multinational Companies.
Speaking on his appointment, Mohlomi said it was a great honour to join the epicentre of innovation pioneered by an African University.
“This is a massive task, which I will embrace with vigour. The work done at the institute seeks to play a central role in research and developing innovative solutions that will speak to the African problems. We aim to play a leading role in discovering and developing the skills for the future. In addition, we will pursue building a world class research capacity, through collaboration with other institutions, government departments and the private sector,” said Mohlomi.
Mohlomi is no newcomer to the academic space, he has previously been a visiting Lecturer at the Haggai Institute in Singapore, teaching Strategic Communication.
His qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Governance and Political Transformation from the University of the Free State. His Research Topic was: Good Governance: A review on Governance within the context of South African Party System. He explains that the focus of the research was to look at the impact of party hegemony (majoritarian context) on good governance.
Mohlomi also hold a B-Hons in International Politics: (University of South Africa 2011) and majored in South Africa/ International Political Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Politics in the 21st Century, Approaches to Research and Conflict, Peace and Security Studies. As part of his portfolio, Mohlomi wrote a paper on the Chinese Domestic Economic Policies within the global Perspective.
He has a BA degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of South Africa (UNISA), where he majored in African Politics, International Politics, International Relations, Diplomacy and Economics.
We wish Tseliso Mohlomi well in his new appointment and trust that he will enjoy a fulfilling career as he assumes this new position at TUT.