Professor Keith Engel, a South African national, has been appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the International Advisory Board for the Master’s in Energy Security Management (MESM) programme.

Professor Engel is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). As part of his core duties managing the Institute, he is heavily engaged in tax at a policy, legislative and interpretative level such as with the National Treasury, Parliament, SARS, the Davis Tax Committee and the private sector. His role also includes presentations and participation in regional African tax issues. Outside of the Institute, he regularly teaches at the University of Johannesburg and is an honorary adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town, North Western University and Rhodes University. Keith is well known for his leading roles in the formulation of tax legislation at the South African National Treasury from 2000 to 2013.

Keith Engel has also been heavily involved in policy issues relating to the extractive sector. While working at South Africa’s National Treasury, Keith Engel was one of the chief architects of South Africa’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, the Diamond Export Levy and the 10th Schedule Incentive for Oil and Gas. He continues to be engaged in a variety of income tax issues relating to mining and offshore gas as well as environmental rehabilitation. His experience further includes issues relating to ownership, such as black economic empowerment and expropriation. Outside of South Africa, Keith Engel has been involved in extractive issues arising in Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.

Prior to joining the SIAT, he was the Partner in charge of African Tax Policy, at EY (formerly Ernst &Young). Before his work stint at EY he was the Chief Director ( Legal Tax Design at the South African National Treasury.

Originally an American citizen, Professor Engel moved to the Republic of South Africa in August 2000 as the United States Government’s Tax Policy Advisor to South Africa under the United States Treasury Technical Assistance Program.

Keith had earlier lectured Tax Law at Washington & Lee Law School. He obtained his first degree in Law and Master’s degree in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center in the United States.

Professor Engel shall also lecture the module on “Comparative Tax Treaty Strategies for African Extractive Countries” to students of the Master’s in Energy Security Management (MESM) programme.


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