Paul Jones Director LUMEC

Paul holds an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has 12 years’ experience as a development economist and project manager. Paul started his career in 2008 as a junior development economist and has since been involved in a diverse range of projects across KZN and South Africa. Through these projects, Paul has developed a variety of skills including socio-economic research, strategic and business planning, economic and value chain analysis, policy and strategy development, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, market demand and feasibility assessments, and project management. He has experience within the cultural and creative industries, informal sector, property development sector, and green economy sector, within both the urban and rural development context. Paul combines his professional experience with his passions for music, culture, sports and the environment to provide sustainable social and economic development solutions that are people-centred and aimed at enhancing social cohesion. Paul has worked on some of the following projects:

  • Green Economy: Wastage in the Retail Sector: It’s effect on green retail & role in socio-economic development (2020) and eThekwini Recycling Value Chain Analysis (2015);
  • Cultural and Creative Industries: Film as a Catalyst for Growth at a Municipal Level (2020), KZN Micro-Budget Film Study (2018), and KZN Film Consumption and Audience Development Study (2017);
  • Strategic Planning: KZN Integrated Trade and Investment Strategy (2019), Durban Investment Promotion Strategy (2018), and KZN Provincial Growth and Development Strategy and Plan (2011).

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