Dr Pali Lehohla

Research Associate


Pali is a member of the steering committee of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN).  

Pali is the former Statistician-General of South Africa and former Head of Statistics South Africa from 2000–2017. Since leaving office, Pali consults on research, strategy and statistical development and statistical programmes especially those related to censuses  

Pali held a number of positions during his tenure as Statistician-General.  He served as Co-Chair of PARIS21 and as Chair of the UN Statistics Commission. He was the founding chair of the Statistics Commission of Africa (StatCom Africa) and chaired the African Symposium for Statistical Development (ASSD). He was the Vice President of the International Statistics Institute (ISI) and a sponsor of the Young African Statistician (YAS) movement.  He has served on the Independent Expert Advisory Group advising the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on data revolution. He remains on the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) to the UN Secretary General on the health of mothers, adolescents and children.

  • Expand All

  • Education

    Honorary Doctorate, University of Stellenbosch
    Graduate Diploma in Population Studies, University of Ghana
    Certificate of Toponymy, University of Pretoria
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Lesotho

  • Areas of Expertise

    Statistics, including design and implementation of methods, standards and laws in production; dissemination and use of public statistics; statistical advice in public policy; design and dissemination of public numbers for maximum effect; thought-leader in determinants and correlates of political economy of measurement, its applications and constraints.