GCRO appoints a new Executive Director

  • GCRO
  • Date of publication: 01 June 2021

The GCRO is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Mr Rashid Seedat from 1 June 2021.

Since 2011, Rashid has headed planning in the Gauteng Office of the Premier (OoP), where he was responsible for strategic, spatial and infrastructure planning, as well as performance monitoring and evaluation. Since 2016 he also headed the Delivery Support Unit in the OoP that aims to accelerate delivery across provincial departments. He previously headed the Central Strategy Unit in the Executive Mayor’s Office at the City of Johannesburg. He is a trustee of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and a member of the Council for the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr Rashid Seedat has achieved a Master of Science (MSc) in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Master of Management (MM) in Public and Development Management also from Wits. Rashid has a longstanding relationship with the GCRO as a previous Board member.


Some endorsements for the new appointment:

Dr Rob Moore, outgoing GCRO Executive Director, has strongly welcomed the appointment:

“Rashid Seedat has had a long and very productive relationship with the GCRO and understands its contribution to the policy-research terrain extremely well. He has personally driven major policy development initiatives in the city-region, and he is very well positioned to direct the strength of the GCRO to fresh achievements into the future.”

Prof Saurabh Sinha, GCRO Board Chair and DVC: Research and Internationalisation, University of Johannesburg:

“On behalf of the GCRO Board, I convey our congratulations to Mr Rashid Seedat, our incoming Executive Director. Following Mr Seedat’s prolific work in the world of policy, he brings this experience to the research-policy nexus environment fostered by the GCRO. We look forward, together with the GCRO team, to further the impact of this unique combination for the province and beyond.”

Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, the Vice-Chancellor, Principal of Wits and previous GCRO Board Chair:

“We welcome the appointment of Rashid Seedat as the new Executive Director of the GCRO, and look forward to working with him in this new capacity. We are confident that the GCRO will continue to use its strategic intelligence to support the Gauteng City-Region and other entities, and ultimately to advance the public good.”


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