Professor Imraan Valodia, an economist, is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Climate, Sustainability and Inequality at Wits University.
His research interests include inequality, competition policy, employment, the informal economy, gender and economic policy, and industrial development.
Imraan has led the initiative at Wits to establish the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies - a multi-disciplinary, cross-country initiative to promote research and policy change to promote greater equality in the global South.
In addition to his duties as Dean, Imraan leads the SCIS.
Imraan has led and participated in a number of large national and international studies. He is recognised nationally and internationally for his research expertise in economic development.
Imraan is a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal in South Africa. He is also a commissioner of the National Minimum Wage Commission and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality.
In August 2016 Professor Valodia was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to chair the Advisory Panel on the National Minimum Wage. This led to the introduction of a National Minimum Wage in South Africa.
In early 2018, he was appointed to a Panel to advise the Minister of Economic Development on amendments to the Competition Act, which were introduced into law in 2019.
He was also appointed by the Minister of Finance to a Panel of Experts to advise on Value-Added Taxes