When Raenette Taljaard entered Parliament as a Democratic Alliance MP in 1999, she was � at 25 � the youngest woman ever elected to the South African National Assembly. She served as shadow minister of finance from 2002 and was a member of Parliament's portfolio committee on finance. She also served on numerous other parliamentary committees, including the standing committee on public accounts during the arms deal investigation. She resigned from Parliament in 2005 to join the academic world. Taljaard is a Yale World Fellow, a Fellow of the Emerging Leaders Programme of the Centre for Leadership and Public Values and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She holds an MA in political science from Rand Afrikaans University. She also has an MSc in public administration and public policy from the London School of Economics. Taljaard is currently the director of The Helen Suzman Foundation and lectures part-time at Wits's Graduate School of Public and Development Management in areas ranging from public finance to regulation and peace-keeping.

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