Emeritus Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT and founding director 2011–2019.
Alan Hirsch was born in Cape Town and educated at UCT, Wits and Columbia.
Taught at UCT, joined the SA Department of Trade and Industry in 1995, from 2002 to 2012 he managed economic policy in the South African Presidency.
He serves on the Board of the European Centre for Development Policy Management and on President Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council.
He was visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School, regular visiting professor at Maastricht University, IGC research director in Zambia, OECD Inclusive Growth Advisory Panel-member, on the International Advisory Board of the New Development Bank, Bradlow Fellow at the SA Institute for International Affairs and was a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University. His work includes Season of Hope: Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki and The Oxford Companion to South African Economics.