Mills’ research interests include international trade, international business, emerging markets, globalisation, foreign direct investment and government-industry relations in South Africa.
He is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and a founding director of Mthente Research and Consulting Services. He is a member of the editorial boards of AfricaGrowth Agenda and New Agenda. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Inyathelo (The South African Institute of Advancement), and of The Evian Group’s Brains Trust.
He completed a doctoral thesis on the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa at the University of Warwick. He holds an MA degree in International Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, an MA degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, and a Social Science undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town.
He was previously employed as Director of Policy and Legislative Research in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the upper chamber of the South African Parliament. Before that he worked as a researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs and Public Enterprises in the NCOP. This was preceded by a stint as a researcher on parliamentary affairs at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.