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Dr. Thandeka Ellenson

Acting Head of Department: Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

Dr. Thandeka Ellenson is a result-driven leader with a distinguished track record in the both public and private sectors, and she is deeply honoured to have been entrusted with this acting role. Her extensive professional journey, spanning multiple senior roles including CEO and CFO, Operations Manager, and more, has equipped her with a profound understanding of the intricacies of business.

Dr. Ellenson's educational background includes a BCom Honours degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, an MBA, and a DBA amongst others. These qualifications have not only fortified her knowledge but also instilled in her a relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her work.

She firmly believes that research and innovation are the catalysts that propel economic sectors towards positive transformation. Throughout her career, she has championed evidence-based decision-making and the cultivation of a culture of innovation. Dr. Ellenson is passionate about harnessing the power of cutting-edge solutions to drive economic growth and prosperity for the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

She approaches her role with humility and a deep sense of responsibility. Collaborating with diverse stakeholders, Dr. aspires to spearhead initiatives that will uplift the lives of the KZN citizens and foster sustainable economic development. Her commitment to this cause is unwavering, and she invites you to join her on this journey to make life better for humanity through economic empowerment and progress.

Dr. Ellenson believes that by working together, the full potential of KwaZulu-Natal Province can be unlocked, creating opportunities, and building a brighter future for all. Let us embark on this transformative endeavour with dedication and optimism, knowing that our collective efforts will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity and well-being.

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