Dr Greg Mills directs the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation, established in 2005 by the Oppenheimer family to develop strategies for improved economic performance in Africa.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he taught at the Universities of the Western Cape and Cape Town, and was the national director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) from 1996-2005 and SAIIA Director of Studies from 1994-96.
A recipient of numerous international distinctions, awards and fellowships, he serves on various international boards and is a member of the RUSI Council.
He has published more than twenty-five books and several hundred articles in local and international journals and newspapers including the Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, TIME, Jerusalem Post, Singapore Strait Times, International Herald Tribune and the New York Times.
His book, The Wired Model: South Africa, Foreign Policy and Globalisation, published in 2000, was awarded the Recht Malan prize for the best South African non-fiction work in 2001.
This was followed, inter alia, by The Security Intersection: The Paradox of Power in an Age of Terror (Wits University Press: 2005), based on extensive fieldwork in a range of conflict-affected societies. He has recently completed writing up his recent experiences in Afghanistan, From Africa to Afghanistan: With Richards and NATO to Kabul (Wits University Press: 2007), where he was on secondment as a special adviser to the NATO commander of ISAF IX in Kabul in 2006.
Greg holds a BA Honours from the University of Cape Town, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Lancaster.
He is married to the artist Janet Wilson and they have three children.
His recreational interests include restoring and racing historic single-seater racing cars, and he has written four acclaimed books for charity on southern African motor racing.
He was awarded South African provincial colours for rowing (1992) and motorsport (1981).
The Brenthurst Foundation video on Afghanistan after the West's withdrawal
Description: Between 2001 and 2019, two million men and women from abroad served in Afghanistan, and more than $2 trillion was expended, an extraordinary, once-in-a-generation commitment of resources to a poor country, a staggering opportunity cost.