Ismail Lagardien is a South African writer with vast experience as a journalist, university lecturer and in policy-making. He started as a reporter on Don Mattera’s community newspaper, Roots, worked on the Rand Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, the Weekly Mail, and under the illustrious editorship of Aggrey Klaaste, he was the first political correspondent for Sowetan, until 1995. He also made regular contributions to the BBC World Service (Radio and Television), Reuters, and for 10 Years, between 1985 and 1995, he was the Southern Africa Correspondent and a columnist for the New Straits Times of Malaysia.
Ismail went on to work in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, Joe Stiglitz, and more recently in the Secretariat of the National Planning Commission, under the leadership of Trevor Manuel. Ismail was born in Fietas, and was raised in District Six, (briefly) and in Eldorado Park.
He was educated at the London School of Economics, and holds a doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Wales.