Catherine is a Senior Consultant and Director at Tutwa Consulting Group. She is also a research associate at the trade law centre at Stellenbosch University. She co-teaches teaches International Business on the MBA programme at Wits Business School, and international political economy in the International Relations Department at Wits University.
Ms. Grant Makokera was a diplomat for New Zealand for over 10 years and was posted in New York, Geneva and Pretoria, where she held the position of Deputy High Commissioner. She has participated in United Nations and World Trade Organization negotiations. In South Africa Ms Grant Makokera held the position of Executive Director: Trade Policy at Business Unity South Africa (the apex business organisation). Her portfolio at BUSA included trade negotiations, trade and investment promotion activities, international relations and trade policy matters. Ms. Grant Makokera was the Secretary of the SADC Employers Group and SADC Business Forum from 2007 to 2010 and continues to support efforts towards strengthening private sector participation in regional and trade policy debates. She was the Programme Head – Economic Diplomacy – at the South African Institute of International Affairs from September 2010 to August 2014. Here Ms Grant Makokera was responsible for managing a research and networking programme on trade, investment, global economic governance and regional integration.