Raenette Taljaard

Raenette, a former DA MP, served as shadow minister of finance from 2002 and was a member of the Portfolio Committee on Finance. She also served on numerous other parliamentary com- mittees such as the Standing Committee on Pub- lic Accounts during the arms deal investigation. In 1999 when Raenette became an MP, she was, at 25, the youngest woman to have been elected to the South African Parliament. She resigned from Parliament in 2005. Raenette is a Yale World Fellow, a Fellow of the Emerging Leaders Programme of the Centre for Leadership and Public Values (at UCT's Gradu- ate School of Business and Duke University) and a Young Global Leader of the World Eco- nomic Forum. She holds a BA in Law from RAU (University of Johannesburg); a BA (Hons) in Political Science, cum laude, RAU (University of Johannesburg); an MA in Political Science (Inter- national Relations) cum laude, RAU (University of Johannesburg); and an MSc in Public Admin- istration and Public Policy, cum laude, London School of Economics and Political Science. Raenette is currently the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation and lectures part-time at Wits' Graduate School of Public and Develop- ment Management. She is an alumni of the Prince of Wales Business and Environment Programme (University of Cambridge Pro- gramme and Industry) and lectures extensively, both locally and abroad, on the privatisation of security, military outsourcing and the need for regulation.