Dr Pali Lehohla is the former Statistician General of South Africa and former head of Statistics South Africa, a position he held since 2000 up to October 2017. He was the Chair of Africa Symposium for Statistical Development (ASSD), and former Chair of Harmonization of Statistics in Africa (SHaSA).
He was one of the ten member Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) of the UN Secretary-General for the health of Mothers, Adolescents and Children. He is the Deputy Chair of INDEPTH Board.
From 2005, he served in a variety of portfolios of which a few are mentioned namely:
He was a member of the UN Secretary General Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on Data Revolution.
He was Chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission, Chair of Statistics Commission Africa and Chair of PARIS21 as well as Vice President of the International Statistics Institute (ISI).
He was advisor to the 2008 Population Census of Sudan. He undertook a Population Census readiness mission in Afghanistan in 2008 and another in Iraq in 2009, and served as a UN envoy to the Census of Cambodia in 1998.
He graduated with a double major in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Lesotho.
He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Studies from the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies.
He holds senior executive leadership qualification from Harvard Business School.
His alma mater the University of Ghana the UNRIPS at its fortieth anniversary handed a plaque in recognition of his contribution to African demography and statistics.
For his contribution to the statistics fraternity, the University of Stellenbosch awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Commerce in 2015. The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal bestowed an Honorary Doctorate Science in 2018.
He is a Research Associate at Oxford University and a Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg.