Neil Cole

Neil Cole

Executive Secretary


Neil Cole has more than 15 years professional experience in the field of Public Financial Management.

Between 2001 and 2013 he worked for the National Treasury of South Africa in senior management positions in the Budget Office and in the International Economic Policy divisions. His responsibilities included: policy advice and implementation of budget reforms; expenditure planning of national government; co-ordination of the national budget process; policy advice on South Africa’s engagement with the rest of Africa; and served as a representative to several bilateral forums and multilateral development banks.

Prior to joining the National Treasury, he worked for UCT in the Student Advice Office.

Neil Cole has participated in many global forums on development effectiveness and represented South Africa on the committees that drafted the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership agreement.

He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI); an inter-governmental organisation that provides a platform for peer-learning and exchange for approximately 30 African ministries of finance and planning. CABRI’s work covers: fiscal and budget policy; budget transparency and accountability; and public debt management. For information on CABRI’s work visit our website www.cabri-sbo.org.

In addition to his role at CABRI, Neil Cole has been a co-faculty member of the Harvard PFM Executive Training Course. In 2016 he was invited to be a co-faculty member of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum. He is also a part-time faculty member of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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