Gerald Ouma is currently Director, Planning at the University of Pretoria. Previously, Gerald was an Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2012 he served on the Funding Review Committee, and contributed to the Minster of Higher Education’s Funding Review report.
Ian Bunting served for a total of 20 years as a Dean at Rhodes University and later at the University of Cape Town. During his last five years at the University of Cape Town, he was seconded to work in the national Department of Education on higher education planning and financing. After his retirement he worked for a further six years in the national Department, serving as a director and chief director responsible for financial planning and the national higher education management information system.
Prof. Johan Muller is the former Deputy Dean of Research and Director of the Graduate School in Humanities at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Before that, he was the Head of Education, also at UCT. He was Director of the first Education Policy Unit at Wits University.
Nico Cloete is the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and Coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA). He is also a Guest Professor at the University of Oslo, an Extraordinary Professor at the Institute for Post-School Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and Extraordinary Professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. He was the General Secretary of the Union of South African Democratic Staff Associations (UDUSA) and the Research Director of the Nelson Mandela appointed National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) in South Africa. He has published in psychology, sociology and higher education policy. His latest books are Universities and Economic Development in Africa (2011), Shaping the Future of South Africa’s Youth: Rethinking Post School Education (2012), Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education (2015) and Doctoral Education in South Africa (2015). He is also a Lead Author on the International Panel on Social Progress.
Peter Maassen is professor in Higher Education Studies and deputy head/research coordinator at the Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he also is the academic coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree programme. Previously he has been the director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands (1997-2000). His areas of academic specialization include the public governance (including policy reform and institutional change) of higher education; university leadership and management; organisational change in higher education; and the economic role of higher education institutions, in OECD countries, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the Executive Board of the University College Oslo (Høyskole i Oslo), and of the Board of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE). He has been a member of the international panel evaluating the Danish university reforms (2009), and of the Norwegian governmental commission on higher education (Stjernø Commission – 2007/08), as well as of OECD review teams of Japan and Finland.
Trish Gibbon is the Director of Institutional Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring at the University of Johannesburg. Previously she was the Director of the South Africa-Norway Tertiary Education Development Programme (SANTED). Trish has worked as a writer, editor and freelance consultant in the field of higher education and has done considerable work in policy areas.