Mills Soko is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School (WBS), and also serves as the WBS’ Director of Development and Partnerships. He is a former Director of UCT Graduate School of Business. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book South Africa and the World, published by Tracey McDonald Publishers.
He holds a BSoc Sci degree from the University of Cape Town, an MA in International Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as an MA and Doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.
He was previously employed by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa as a researcher on parliamentary affairs, monitoring and preparing reports on the work of parliamentary committees in South Africa's first democratic national legislature. He also worked as researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Public Enterprises in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). This was followed by his appointment as Head of Policy and Legislation in the NCOP, where he oversaw and coordinated the work of committee researchers.
He is a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies and AfricaGrowth Agenda. He is a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs as well as the Institute of Global Dialogue. He is a member of the advisory boards of Namibia Business School and TSIBA Business School. He has previously chaired the board of Inyathelo (The South African
Institute of Advancement). He was also a member of the board of the Field Band Foundation. He formerly chaired a working group on education and employment under the auspices of the Africa-Germany Partnership, an initiative of the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler. And he was a member of the Warwick Commission on The Future of the Multilateral Trading System.
He is an ardent writer on pertinent local and global issues. He is a Fin24 columnist and also writes regularly for local newspapers including Business Day, Daily Maverick, Sunday Times, Business Times, Financial Mail and The Conversation Africa. He also writes for World Financial Review. He is a frequent guest on current affairs programmes on radio and television, including “SAFM Sunrise” (SABC), “African Dialogue” (SABC Channel Africa), “Power Breakfast” (Power FM), “#Africa” (eNCA), “The Pulse” (Newzroom Afrika), and “Weekend Breakfast”