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Neuma Grobbelaar

Director of Research

Areas of Research Expertise:

- South African business engagement with the rest of Africa
- Policy environment for private sector development in Africa, especially public-private relations
- Political economy of Mozambique and Angola

Background:
Neuma Grobbelaar joined SAIIA in 2001 after serving for 11 years in the South African diplomatic corps.

She conducted research on the socio-economic impact of landmines in Southern Africa from 2001-2002 and headed SAIIA’s business in Africa research project from 2002 onwards. She was appointed Deputy Director of Studies in 2002 and Director of Studies in 2005. She holds a B.Admin (Hons) degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria, an MPhil in History of Art from the University of Glasgow and an MPhil in Economic Policy from the University of Stellenbosch.

Languages Spoken:

English, Afrikaans and German (intermediary level)

Recent Publications:

  • Grobbelaar N & Besada H, Unlocking Africa's potential: The role of corporate South Africa in strengthening Africa's private sector. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2008.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘The trading and investment environment in Africa', in Luiz J (ed), Managing Business in Africa: Practical Management Theory for an Emerging market. Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘South African Corporate engagement with Africa: Unpacking Negative and Positive Perceptions' in South African Yearbook of International Affairs, Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2006.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘Small economies and Regional Integration: A Mixed record - the case of Botswana', in by Hansohm D, Breytenbach W, Hartzenburg T & McCarthy C (eds), Monitoring regional integration in Southern Africa Yearbook, Vol 5. Windhoek: NEPRU, 2005.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘Africa's first welfare state: The Experience of SA firms doing business in Botswana', Business Report 5. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2005.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘Every Continent needs an America: The Experience of SA firms doing business in Mozambique', Business Report 2. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2004.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘Changing the Business Landscape in Africa: SA Business moving Northwards' in South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2004.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘Can South Africa drive Regional Integration on the Continent?', South African Journal of International Affairs, 11 (2), 2004.
  • Grobbelaar N (ed), Mine Action in Southern Africa: Instrument of Development?. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2003.
  • Grobbelaar N, Mills G & Sidiropoulos E, Angola: Prospects for Peace. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2003.
  • Grobbelaar N, Angola in Search of Peace: Spoilers, saints and strategic regional interests, Clingendael Working Paper, 14. The Hague: Netherlands Institute of International Affairs, 2003.
  • Grobbelaar N & Lala A, Managing Group Grievances and Internal Conflict: Mozambique Country Report, Clingendael Working Paper, 12. The Hague: Netherlands Institute of International Affairs, 2003.
  • Grobbelaar N, ‘South Africa and Anti-Personnel Mines: Setting and International Precedent' in South African Yearbook of International Affairs, Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2003.

Email address: Neuma.Grobbelaar[@]wits.ac.za


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