Dr Greg Mills is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation.
A special advisor to a number of African and other governments, he is widely published on international affairs, development and security, a regular newspaper columnist in South Africa and further afield, and the author of the best-selling books 'Why Africa is Poor And what Africans can do about it' (Penguin: 2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst (President: Colgate University), 'Africa's Third Liberation' (Penguin: 2012). In 2008 he was deployed as Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda. From 2007-12 he directed the Secretariat to the Presidential International Advisory Board in Mozambique, and since 2012 the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy of Malawi.
In 2006 he was on assignment in Kabul as head of the International Security Assistance Force's (ISAF) Prism strategic analysis group, and was seconded to ISAF in Kandahar also with Prism in 2010, and to HQ ISAF again in Kabul in 2012. In July 2013, he was appointed as a member of the African Development Bank's High Level Panel for Fragile States. Based on his peace-building experiences, in 2011 he jointly edited, with General Sir David Richards, 'Victory Among People : Lessons from Countering Insurgencies and Stabilising Fragile States' (2011: Royal United Services Institute), and in 2013 published 'Somalia-- Fixing Africa's Most Failed State' (Tafelberg) with the Atlantic Council's Peter Pham and Australian counter-insurgency specialist David Kilcullen. The grandson of the pre-war Grand Prix racer Billy Mills, and himself a driver on the African Le Mans 24-hour team, he has published several titles on motorsport history, most recently 'Agriculture, Furniture and Marmalade: Southern African Motorsport Heroes' (Panmacmilllan: 2013).
His most recently published book is 'Why States Recover: Changing Walking Societies into Winning Nations- from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe' by Picador Africa/Hurst.