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Khulekani Mathe serves as acting head of the national planning commission secretariat in the Presidency. He joined the public service in 2007 as senior policy analyst in policy coordination and advisory services in the Presidency. During the drafting of the national development plan, he was responsible for education, health and social protection. Prior to joining the public service, Khulekani worked for Procurement Dynamics, a development consultancy and a number of education NGOs in KwaZulu Natal. He was programme manager at Operation Upgrade of South Africa and executive director at Tembaletu Community Education Centre. Khulekani also serves on the advisory board of the Real Centre at the University of Witwatersrand, on the external advisory board of DataFirst at the University of Cape Town, and as a member of the Think Tank overseeing the implementation of the Carnegie 3 Inquiry Initiative. He holds a master of education degree from University of Natal, a master of science in development finance degree from Manchester University, a post-graduate diploma in adult education from University of Natal, and an adult basic education and training certificate from Unisa. He is a Fellow of the ninth class of the Africa Leadership initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.