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African HE network

African HE network

Alfred Quartey
Director of Planning, University of Ghana
Ashraf Conrad
Principal Planning Officer, University of Cape Town
Bernard Waweru
Registrar, University of Nairobi
Everett Standa
Former Chief Executive Officer, Commission for Higher Education (Kenya)
Ezequiel Alfeu Abrahamo
Director, Eduardo Mondlane University
Fareeda Khodabocus
Director Quality Assurance, University of Mauritius

Dr Fareeda Khodabocus (M.Eng Quality Systems and PhD TQM) is currently the Director Quality Assurance at the University of Mauritius. She has been very active in teaching and research in the field of Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management and Benchmarking in the field of Engineering. She has also been an Assessor/Lead Assessor for MBNQA model with industries over the past years. Switching to Quality assurance in Higher Education is a challenge and it is indeed a valuable experience to contribute to the HERANA Project.

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.

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.

Ibrahim Mtweve
Accreditation Officer, Tanzania Commission for Universities
Isaac Mazonde
Director, Research and Development, University of Botswana

Isaac Mazonde is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Botswana where he has worked as the Director of Research and Development since 2005. From 2000 to 2005 he was Deputy Director of Research and Development. Prof. Mazonde’s area of research includes food security, appropriate technology and research management. His research in these areas has been  published in international journals. He has travelled widely across southern Africa, Europe and north America, where he has studied Science and Technology arrangements as well as research management operations at universities. At the University of Botswana, the focus of his work is to development strategies for the effective coordination of research and to bring the institution’s research outputs to the attention and use of stakeholders. 

John Murage
Commission for Higher Education (Kenya)

John Murage is Senior Assistant Commission Secretary at the Kenyan Commission for Higher Education. He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BEd, and obtained an MA in Information Studies from Loughborough University (UK).

Joseph Budu
Registrar, University of Ghana
Joseph Tesha
Director Research, University of Dar es Salaam
Margaret Baiketsi
Director of Policy and Planning, Tertiary Education Council (Botswana)

Mrs Margaret Baiketsi is an employee of the Tertiary Education Council for Botswana (TEC). The TEC is responsible for the promotion and coordination of tertiary education, and for the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in tertiary institutions. She is currently responsible for directing and coordinating policy and planning interventions targeting the tertiary education sector in Botswana. She holds a masters degree in education and is currently pursuing a PhD in educational research and evaluation.

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).

Paul Effa
Former Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education (Ghana)

Paul Effah holds the following degrees: BA (Hons) in Education from Cape Coast University, MPA from University of Ghana and a D.Litt from Kumasi. He started his career in university administration at the University of Ghana in 1981, and was appointed the first registrar to found the University for Development Studies, Tamale, in 1993. In 1999, he was appointed Executive Secretary of Ghana’s National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), a position he held for over a decade. He has wide experience in higher education administration and management with interests in governance and leadership. Dr Effah has consulted widely for national commissions / councils in Africa including Nigeria, Botswana, Uganda and Ethiopia. He has written extensively on higher education, particularly on governance, academic leadership, globalisation and internationalisation. He is currently the Project Director of the Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT) programme under the auspices of NCTE sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Pius Achanga
Senior Higher Education Officer, Quality Assurance, National Council of Higher Education (Uganda)

Dr Achanga is the Acting Head of Quality Assurance Department at the National Council for Higher Education, Uganda. His main role is to oversee the planning and development of the strategic framework guiding institutions of higher learning. Prior to this, Dr Achange was a Research Associate with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the School of Engineering, the University of Cambridge, UK. His previous industrial experience includes working with Rolls Royce Derby Civil Aerospace, specifically in the design of the feature-by-feature cost modeling system of the Compressor Discs and Drums. He holds a  BSc (Honours) in Computer Science (Hull), a MSc in Management and Information Systems (Cranfield) and a PhD in Manufacturing Systems (Cranfield). His doctoral thesis investigated the application of high-level computational techniques (fuzzy logic) in optimizing processes. Dr Achanga has published over 20 research articles. He is also a Reviewer and an Editor of scholarly articles with Fountain Publishers and the International Journal of Production, Planning and Control, and was Winner of the Emerald Literati-Network Awards Excellence, 2007 – for the most outstanding and highly commended paper. Dr Achanga holds memberships with a number of professional bodies such as the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network (HERANA), and the Ugandan Universities Quality Assurance Forum (UUQAF) amongst others.

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.

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
Sylvia S. Temu
Director Planning and Finance, University of Dar es Salaam

Prof. Sylvia Shayo Temu is the Director of Planning and Finance and Associate Professor in Business Management at the University of Dar es Salaam where she has served the University as the Director of the University Consultancy Bureau, Deputy Director, Centre for Continuing Education, Deputy Interim Director, of the Centre for Continuing Education and Head of Accounting Department in the Business of School. Prof. Temu has been a member of UNESCO’s Expert Group on Financial and Administrative Matters, Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the CRDB Bank Plc and a member of Ethics and Compliance Committee of Board of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors. Prof. Temu was educated at University of Bremen, Technical University of Berlin, Germany and University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

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.