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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.

Ian Bunting
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.

Johan Muller
Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town

Prof. Johan Muller is emeritus professor of curriculum, and senior research scholar at the University of Cape Town. He is a visiting professor at University College London Institute of Education, and extraordinary professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. He is a sociologist of education and has published in the area of curriculum theory and policy, focusing on schooling as well as higher education.

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 a Guest Professor at the University of Oslo 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 Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education (2015), Doctoral Education in South Africa (2015) and Castells in Africa: Universities and Development (2017). He was also a Lead Author on the International Panel on Social Progress.

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.

Trish Gibbon
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.