Principal Planning Officer, University of Cape Town
Registrar, University of Nairobi
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.
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).
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 publishing and of higher education studies. He holds an MPhil in Publishing Studies from Stirling University (UK) and an MEd from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). He is currently involved in three research projects: (1) the IDRC-funded Scholarly Communication in Africa Project (SCAP) which is investigating the relationship between levels of collaboration and improved visibility of academics online; and (2) CHET's HERANA sub-project on the contribution of university engagement projects in African universities to economic development; (3) the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries project in which he is investigating the relationship between open data and higher education governance. In addition to his academic interests, he is the managing director of COMPRESS.dsl, a publishing company based in Cape Town, South Africa.
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.
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.
Registrar, University of Ghana
Director Research, University of Dar es Salaam
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Rhodes University
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.
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 has been the full-time director of CHET since 1997. He is also Extraordinary Professor of Higher Education, University of Western Cape; Visiting Professor, Masters Programme in Higher Education, University of Oslo and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Cape Town. He was actively involved in academic staff organisation and was President of the University of Witwatersrand Staff Association (1991-1992) and General Secretary of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations of South Africa (1993-1994). He was the research director for the Nelson Mandela appointed National Commission on Higher Education (1995-1996) and served on the South African Ministerial Advisory Council for Universities and Technikons. Dr Cloete initiated the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) in 2009 and is the co-ordinator of this network. In 2010 he gave the opening keynote at the congress of the European Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Oslo. He has published widely in psychology, sociology and higher education policy. His latest books are Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa (2011) and Shaping the Future of South Africa’s Youth: Rethinking Post School Education and Skills Training (2012).
University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Patricio is a member of the Education Faculty at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo. has established the first joint Masters degree in education at Eduardo Mondlane University (with the University of Oslo and UWC), is the new Deputy- Director of the HE Quality Committee of Mozambique and is coordinating the new strategic plan for Eduardo Mondlane University. He is also the Director of the Sociological Association of Mozambique and of an NGO focusing on higher studies in Mozambique.
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).
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.
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.
Assistant Director, Institutional Research, University of Botswana
Thierry M Luescher-Mamashela
Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in Political Studies, University of the Western Cape
Thierry is the project manager and lead researcher on the Democracy, the University and Student Development sub-project of HERANA II. 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.
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).