Pali Lehohla

Statistician general of SA

Dr. Pali Lehohla, statistician general, Statistics South Africa

Pali Lehohla is statistician general of South Africa, a position he held since November of 2000. He is the chair of Africa Symposium for Statistical Development, a country-led initiative established in 2006 and the aim of which is to put statistical evidence at the centre of policy in Africa. From 2005 to 2010, he served in a variety of portfolios. He was chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission, chair of Statistics Commission Africa and also chair of PARIS21 – a global partnership for statistical development in the 21st century. He is also the chair for the Sub-Group on Harmonization of Statistics in Africa.

Lehohla has served as an advisor to in-conflict, post-conflict and fragile political environments. In this regard, he was chief advisor to the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the 2008 Population and Housing Census of Sudan, which was part of the comprehensive peace agreement signed in 2005.

He obtained his degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), with a double major in statistics and economics. Lehohla undertook post-graduate studies in demography from the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies at the University of Ghana.

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