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Professor of Political Studies, University of Cape Town and Director: Democracy in Africa Research Unit
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.
Former Vice Chancellor and CEO of The Open University
Professor Brenda Gourley was Vice Chancellor and CEO of The Open University in the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2009. Before that she occupied the same position at the University of Natal in South Africa. She has combined an academic career with a career in academic management ranging over thirty years through momentous changes in her own country plus momentous times in Higher Education.
She holds and has held a range of positions on Boards and Trusts, serving two terms of office as Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and two terms of office on the Board of the International Association of Universities as well as many others in various parts of the world – both in the public and private sectors.
She has numerous publications in books, journals and periodicals and is a frequent speaker at conferences and gatherings all over the world. Professor Gourley has also received recognition for her work in the form of fellowships and awards as well as honorary degrees from eleven universities on four continents.
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.
Kenya Commission of Higher Education
Member of Kenya's Commission of Higher Education. Dr Court was formerly a teacher and researcher in the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, was a long-time East African representative of the Rockefeller Foundation and had a five-year secondment on higher education to the World Bank.
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.
Senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, and member of the South African Higher Education Funding Review Committee
Gerald is Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and he coordinates the new School (Institute) of Post-School Studies at UWC. In 2012 he served on the Funding Review Committee, and contributed to the Minster of Higher Education’s Funding Review report.
Emeritus Professor Philosophy of the University of Cape Town
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.
Deputy Dean of Research and Director of the Graduate School in Humanities at the University of Cape Town
Prof. Johan Muller is Professor of Curriculum at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has been a Deputy Dean for Research in Humanities, and before that, Head of Education, both at UCT. He was Director of the first Education Policy Unit at Wits University.
Director of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) and Director of the African Doctoral Academy at the University of Stellenbosch
Johann Mouton has extensive research and research management experience. In the area of research, he has been project manager of more than 15 large-scale surveys. In the area of research management, he was Director of the HSRC Investigation into Research Methodology (1983–1994) which funded more than 50 national projects on research methodology. He is a past member of the South African Programme Committee of the South Africa Netherlands Research Programme. He was, until recently, Chairman of the Board of the South African Data Archive, is a member of the Data Mining project of the NRF, a past member of the Assessment Panel of the Social Science of the NRF and member of the Department of Science and technology’s National Reference Group on the R&D Survey. He is also a member of the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa. He was awarded the Akademie’s Stals Prize for Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology in 2007. He is member of a number of South African editorial Boards, as well as three international journals. He has authored or co-authored 8 books and edited or co-edited 7 books in the methodology of the social sciences. He has also contributed 30 chapters to anthologies and published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Editor in Chief, South African Journal of Science
John Butler-Adam is currently Editor in Chief of the South African Journal of Science and consultant to the University of Pretoria. Previously, he was the South African Program Officer for the Ford Foundation for seven years. He was also Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Seaboard Association of Tertiary Institutions (1995–2004) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Durban-Westville (1991–1995).
Senior Research Fellow, Public Policy and Higher Education Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley
Director, Further Education and Training Institute
Joy Papier is the Director of the Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds an MPhil (UWC), an EdM (Harvard) and a PhD (Education Policy) (University of Pretoria). FETI undertakes training and development of college lecturers, research into vocational education, and policy analysis in the sector. Joy has been active in education, policy and development for about 25 years as a school teacher, teacher education lecturer, NGO trainer, development worker and researcher. Her current research interests include teacher qualifi cations development in the vocational college sector, teacher education curricula and institutional cultures.
Editor, University World News
Karen MacGregor is Editor of University World News, a weekly electronic newspaper and news website aimed at higher education readers worldwide. She is a South African correspondent who also reports for Newsweek (New York). Previous positions include foreign editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and writing for The Sunday Times (London), The Globe & Mail (Toronto) and Unesco (Paris).
Institutional planner, University of the Western Cape
Larry Pokpas is the Institutional Planner and Executive Assistant to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He is a UWC graduate with extensive experience in higher education management. He coordinates university-wide planning and the implementation of several strategic change initiatives. Over the past decade he coordinated several programmes funded by international development agencies and participated in national and regional partnerships to enhance the system’s responsiveness and to build regional higher education capacity. He actively participates in national e-skills activities, is chairperson of a multi-stakeholder e-skills initiative in the Western Cape, serves as a standing member of a joint CHEC-PGWC Task Team and is a member of the Western Cape Education Council.
Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, USC, Los Angeles
Prof. Castells is one of the five most cited social scientists in the world; he has published over 20 books, co-authored 21 and published over 100 articles in academic journals. The trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture (Blackwell), has been translated into 22 languages, and The Internet Galaxy (Oxford) translated into 15 languages. His most recent books include Communication Power: An Empirically grounded Theory of Power in the Network Society, Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age, and Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis. Eleven books have been published about the work of Castells, including The Challenge of Globalisation: South African Debates with Manuel Castells (Johan Muller, Nico Cloete & Shireen Badat [eds], MaskewMiller Longman, 2001).
Prof. Castells has been the pro-bono advisor to the presidents of eleven countries, including South Africa, a founding member of the Scientific Council of European Research (European Commission), and is currently a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) created in 2008 by the European Commission.
Manuel Castells is currently engaged in a comparative research project that examines the interaction between informational development and human development in various contexts, including Finland, Silicon Valley, Chile and Taiwan among others. The study has a major policy component, as its final aim is to propose ways to link the economic, technological and human dynamics of development in a new model of growth and well being.
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.
Professor, Department of Educational Research, University of Oslo and Director, HEDDA
Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius
Dr Mohadeb is Director of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in Mauritius. He has filled various positions within the organization and has done much to promote higher education in Mauritius since he started at the Commission in 1991. He also lectures part-time at the Mauritius College of the Air and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Institute of Management Services (England).
Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of the Witwatersrand
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.
Director, Academic Planning and Policy Implementation, University of Johannesburg
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.