Robert Mattes is Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He is also a co-founder and co-Director of the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 18 African countries. His research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the continent. He is the co-author author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, and the Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Charles Sheppard started his career as a Mathematics and Science Teacher, and then did research as Director: Education and Training Databases at the HSRC, before becoming Director: Physical Planning at the former Department of Education. He is also a consultant to the Department of Higher Education and Training as well as CHET. He is currently serving on the Committee for the Review of the Funding of Universities. His expertise and experience include large scale data surveys, data analyses, database management, education planning, higher education funding, physical planning and education indicator frameworks.
Florence Nakayiwa is the Director of the Planning and Development Department at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. As Director of Planning, she is charged with the responsibility of preparing corporate plans; setting budget priorities and assessing the budget proposals for their coherence with strategic goals of the university; and ensuring information flow is synthesised for effective decision-making. Florence was a coordinator of the Innovations at Makerere Committee, a capacity-building programme for decentralisation that aims to link research and teaching to community development. She was a Fellow of the University Leadership Programme at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and was a fellow to the International Visitors Leadership Programme organised by the United States Department of State.
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.
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.
Patrício is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, and at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Maputo. He is adviser to UEM Rector on strategic planning. Since 2011, he has been executive director of the HE Quality Council of Mozambique (CNAQ), president of the Mozambican Sociological Association, and founder of an NGO focusing on higher education studies in Mozambique. Recent books include Higher Education in the Portuguese Speaking African Countries (2013) and Cinquenta anos de Lesgislação e Políticas Públicas do Ensino Superior em Moçambique (2014).
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.
Thierry Luescher-Mamashela is Assistant Director for Institutional Research at the University of the Free State. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Studies and Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Thieery also worked as a Researcher on the HERANA project on higher education and democracy in Africa, as well as on the Phase 2 project, Democracy, the university and student development. Thierry has become part of the Global Research University Network on the Student Experience and has been doing student leadership development across the country. He has published widely on higher education governance, student governance and student affairs. HeThierry holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Tracy Bailey has worked as a researcher, writer and project manager in the field of Higher Education Studies since completing her Masters degree at the University of Cape Town in 2001. During this time, Tracy has worked on a range of research projects on topics including innovations in higher education in Africa; higher education partnerships with industry; the production and utilisation of higher education research in South Africa; women in science, engineering and technology in South Africa; factors that facilitate success for disadvantaged higher education students; the relationship between universities and economic development in Africa; and, currently, the role and functions of higher education councils and commissions in selected African countries. Tracy has worked as an independent researcher for various clients, and as a researcher and project manager for the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch and, since 2007, for the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET).