Prof Pundy Pillay is Professor of Economics and Public Finance, and Research Director, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and the Universities of Johannesburg, Oslo, and the Western Cape.
His academic qualifications are: PhD (Economics, Cape Town); M.A. (Economics, Cape Town); B.A Hons (Wits); B.A. (South Africa); B.Sc (Durban-Westville).
Previous positions include: Senior Economist, RTI International; Head of the Policy Unit, Office of the President, South Africa; Director, Financial and Fiscal Commission, South Africa, and Senior Lecturer, Economics, University of Cape Town.
Other than South Africa, he has worked in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Iran, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, and other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). His research interests are in the Economics of Education; Governance and Development; Public Finance, Inequality and Poverty; and Economics and Public policy.