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Alfred Quartey
Director of Planning, University of Ghana
Ashraf Conrad
Principal Planning Officer, University of Cape Town
Bernard Waweru
Registrar, University of Nairobi
Charles Sheppard
Director of Management Information at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and consultant to the Deputy Director General, DHET

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.

Danwood Chirwa
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Danwood is currently the new Head of the Department of Public Law, professor and junior fellow at the University of Cape Town. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Constitutional Court Review, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Malawi Law Journal. Danwood has published on various human rights issues and is participating in the HERANA project analysing the legal frameworks of the National Higher Education Commissions in the participating HERANA countries. He has collaborated with international and African-based NGOs, such as the Rights and Democracy (Canada), Community Law Centre (South Africa), African Child Policy Forum (Ethiopia) and ESCR-Net (USA).

Florence Nakayiwa-Mayega
Dept. of Planning and Development, Makerere University

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.

Francois van Schalkwyk
Project manager and researcher

François van Schalkwyk is an independent researcher and consultant in the fields of higher education studies, open data and scholarly communication. He holds an MPhil in Publishing Studies from Stirling University (UK) and an MEd from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). François is currently is currently registered as a PhD candidate in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. In addition to his academic interests, he is the managing director of COMPRESS.dsl, a publishing company based in Cape Town, South Africa, and a Trustee of the open access book publisher African Minds.

George de Lange
Director, Centre for Academic Engagement & Collaboration, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Prof. George de Lange is the Director of the Centre for Academic Engagement and Collaboration at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is a Board Member of the South African Higher Education Directors Forum and has previously served two terms as President of the South African Society for Cooperative Education. His areas of expertise include university-industry engagement, partnership development; work integrated learning; and quality assurance and risk management of aspects and processes related to non-formal and customized short learning programmes in South African Universities. He has published in the fields of university engagement and work integrated learning.

Gerald Ouma
Director, University of Pretoria and member of the South African Higher Education Funding Review Committee

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.

Henri Li kam Wah
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius

Dr Henri Li Kam Wah is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Mauritius.  From 2002 to 2006, he was the Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Mauritius before assuming the post of Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2006 to 2009. His areas of research and interest include coordination, environmental and natural product chemistry, forensic science, quality assurance and audit in tertiary institutions.

Joseph Budu
Registrar, University of Ghana
Joseph Tesha
Director Research, University of Dar es Salaam
Mark Bunting
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Rhodes University

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Monique Ritter
Centre for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa

Monique holds an MPhil in Social Science Methods, from Stellenbosch University and has also completed a number of monitoring and evaluation courses from various institutions. She previously worked as Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at SU. Monique has also worked at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as a Survey Manager assisting with the coordination and implementation of both the National Innovation Survey and the National Research and Development Survey. Prior to this she spent several years at NICRO (The National Institute of Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders) as their Research and Information Coordinator.

Murray Leibbrandt
Professor in the School of Economics and the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU)

Murray Leibbrandt is a professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. He holds the DSD/NRF National Research Chair of Poverty and Inequality Research and is an IZA Research Fellow. His research focusses on South African poverty‚ inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and‚ in particular‚ panel data. He is currently one of the Principal Investigators on the National Income Dynamics Study. He is a past president of the African Econometric Society and immediate past president of the Economic Society of South Africa.

Nico Cloete
Director, CHET

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.

Patricio Langa
University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

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
Professor, Department of Educational Research, University of Oslo and Director, HEDDA

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.

Praveen Mohadeb
Former Executive Director of the Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius

Dr Praveen Mohadeb worked at the Tertiary Education Commission where he was Executive Director at the time of his retirement in 2013. He is founder of EDCIL (Educational Consultants International). Previously he worked at the Management Audit Bureau as Senior Accountant, at Price Waterhouse Coopers as Senior Auditor, in Zimbabwe as secondary school teacher and as clerical officer in different Ministries in Mauritius. He have also been the Company Secretary of SITRAC, Secretary (Registrar) of the University of Technology Mauritius and Chairman and Board Member of various organisations in the public sector. Praveen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (FCMA/CGMA). He is also a member of the Institute of Management Services UK and a member of the Mauritius Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA). He has been associated with various international organisations including UNESCO, International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP), UNDP, InWENT (The German Capacity Building Foundation) the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), Commonwealth Secretariat, the Southern African Regional University Association (SARUA), the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) and the WITS School of Education, University of Witwatersrand. He has written extensively on financing of education, and in particular on higher education. His most recent publications include a chapter on financing higher education in Mauritius in Higher Education Financing in East and Southern Africa [Pillay, P. (ed.), Cape Town: African Minds, 2010] and a paper in 2013 on The Role and Functions of Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa: Financing and Funding Models for the Centre for Higher Education Transformation.

Rolf Stumpf
Private consultant

Dr Stumpf was previously vice-chancellor and CEO of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, vice-rector at the University of Stellenbosch and the President and CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Before that he was Deputy Director-General of the Department of National Education.


Dr Stumpf served, amongst others as executive officer of the Universities and Technikons Advisory Council (AUT), the SA Council on Education, and the Scientific Advisory Council, chair of the Committee of Heads of Science Councils and a commissioner in the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE). He also served as a member of the Board of the Research and Technology Foresight Study of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and was a member of the Council on Higher Education.


He is a member of the Higher Education Quality Committee's Board and its Exco, and was a member of Higher Education South Africa's Exco and chair of its finance and audit committees. He has recently been appointed to Unisa's Council and is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Dr Stumpf is the author of a number of scientific articles in the field of statistics (qualitative data analysis) and co-author of a book on graphical exploratory data analysis. He also authored and co-authored a large number of policy reports in the field of education, especially in higher education. He has read numerous papers on higher education policy both nationally and internationally.

Samuel Kiiru
Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi

Samuel Kiiru is a Project Assistant/Researcher at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi. He is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Journalist and Mass Communication and also co-teaches Research Methods to Postgraduate Diploma students at the Extra Mural Centre.

Silas Onalenna
Assistant Director, Institutional Research, University of Botswana
Thierry M Luescher-Mamashela
Assistant Director, Institutional Research, University of the Free State

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
Project leader (Roles and Functions of Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa Project)

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).

Vincent Ssembatya
Director Quality Assurance, Makerere University

Vincent is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science at Makerere University for the period 2005 to 2009. Vincent is a member of the Governing Council of the African Network for Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) representing the East African Region. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Florida.