People and networks



Alison Gillwald
Executive Director of Research ICT Africa

Alison Gillwald is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa, an ICT policy and regulatory network project involving 18 African countries. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Management and Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) Programme. Prior to this Dr Gillwald held the position of Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University Graduate School of Public and Development Management and founder of the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre. She was also a member of the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) and the founder of the Policy Department of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. She has served on a number of boards such as the Advisory Board of the Independent Media Commission, the African Communication Ministers’ Advisory Group and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and chaired the South African Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body. Her research has focused on improving the participation and regulation of ICT in developing countries. She was the founding editor of the Southern African Journal of Information and Communication and has published in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting policy and regulation, gender and politics.

Åse Gornitzka

Åse Gornitzka is a political scientist and holds a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Public Administration, University of Twente, the Netherlands. She has previously been senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Research and Higher Education (NIFU) and at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente. Her main fields of academic interests are in the transformation and sustainability of the European political order in the area of education and research policy, the dynamics of European level governance sites, the role of expertise in EU policy making and the domestic impact of the EU’s soft modes of governance.  The Informational Foundation of Public Policy and the role of Expertise in European Governance project examines in the context of EU governance what kind of information a polity acts on and how information is gathered, disseminated and used in the political decision making processes. Based on the study of the expert groups under the European Commission, a special focus of this project is to the organisation of the expertise-public policy nexus and the use of information in collective decision-making.

Bob Mattes
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.

Brenda Gourley
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.

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).

Erika Kraemer-Mbula
Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research at Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa)

Dr Erika Kraemer-Mbula is a Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research at Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa). Erika’s research interests are on Science and Technology Policy analysis, innovation systems, sustainable development and various routes to the expansion of creative competencies in Africa, including public policy, learning and international cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation. Initially trained as an Economist, Erika holds a Masters in Science and Technology Policy by SPRU from the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex, UK), and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She has been a researcher at Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) in Brighton, and the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK – between 2001 and 2011. She is an active member of several international research networks (e.g. Globelics and Africalics) and has co-authored books on 'Industrial Competitiveness in Africa' (ITDG) and 'Innovation and the Development Agenda' (OECD/IDRC).

Fernando Calderón
Director of the Program of Innovation Development, and Multiculturalism, National University of San Martín, Buenos Aires

Fernando Calderón is currently Director of the Program of Innovation Development, and Multiculturalism at the National University of San Martín, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2012–13 he was Professor and Research Fellow in the College d’Études Mondiales, Maison de Sciences de l’Homme, in Paris; in the Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Santiago de Chile; and in the PhD Program in Social Sciences at the University of Córdoba, Argentina. He has been a professor at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in several countries, and at the following universities: the Universities of San Andres in La Paz and San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia; the Universities of Chile, Valparaíso, and of Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile; the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona; and the Universities of Austin, Chicago, Berkeley, and Cornell, in the United States of America.  He was Executive Secretary of the Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO), Social Policy Advisor at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Special Advisor on Human Development and Governance in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He was Coordinator and Senior Advisor in ten Human Development Reports in various countries in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, and at sub-regional and global levels. He was Coordinator of the Program of Political Analysis and Prospect for Latin America (PAPEP). He is the author of 23 books on democracy, social movements, culture, and development, and coordinator and editor of another 30 books about these topics. In 2000 and 2002, the Human Development Report in Bolivia, which he coordinated, received the Award for the best Human Development Report in the world.

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.

Frans van Vught
Member of the Group of Social Policy Advisors (GSPA) of the European Commission; Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA)

Frans van Vught (1950) is a Member of the Group of Social Policy Advisors (GSPA) of the European Commission (under the leadership of EC-President Barroso) and Member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA). In addition he is President of the Executive Board of the Center for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu) and President of the Board of the Netherlands’ House for Education and Research (Nether) (in Brussels). From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector and President of the University of Twente. Before that he was the founding director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), a higher education research center of the University of Twente.  In the Netherlands, Frans van Vught is Member of the National Innovation Platform (presided by the Prime Minister) and of the National Social Economic Council. In the past he was among others, Member of the National Council on Education, President of the Board of Governors of the International Institute of Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Chairman of the Dutch National Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology and President of the Supervisory Board of the “Hogeschool Enschede”.  Internationally, he is a Member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the German “Akkreditierungsrat”. Van Vught is an expert in higher education policy and management. He has published widely (and in several languages) on these issues and has been consultant for many international organisations, governments and universities. He holds several academic awards and is honorary doctor of the Universities of Ghent, Belgium and Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

Johann Mouton
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.

John Butler-Adam
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).

John Douglass
Senior Research Fellow, Public Policy and Higher Education Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

John Douglass is Senior Research Fellow - Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California - Berkeley. He is the co-editor of Globalization's Muse: Universities and Higher Education Systems in a Changing World (Public Policy Press, 2009), and the author of The Conditions for Admissions (Stanford Press 2007) and The California Idea and American Higher Education (Stanford University Press, 2000 and 2007; published in Chinese in 2008 and in Japanese 2012). Scholarly publications include articles in Higher Education, the European Journal of Education Higher Education Quarterly, the Journal of California Politics and Policy, Higher Education Policy and Management (OECD), Higher Education Policy (journal of the IAU), BOOM (a journal on California politics and culture), Perspectives (UK), Change Magazine, California Monthly, Minerva, The Journal of Policy History, History of Education Quarterly, and The American Behavioral Scientists. Current research interests are focused on comparative international higher education, including the influence of globalization, the role of universities in economic development, science policy as a component of national and multinational economic policy, strategic issues related to developing mass higher education, and studies related the SERU Consortium survey data that assesses the student experience in major research universities.

Joy Papier
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.

Karen McGregor
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).

Larry Popkas
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.

Manuel Castells
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.

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.

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.

Pundy Pillay
Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of the Witwatersrand

Pundy Pillay is a Professor of Economics and Public Finance, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. His previous positions include that of Senior Economist at RTI International, Head of the Policy Unit at the Office of the President, and Director at the Financial and Fiscal Commission. Other than South Africa, he has worked in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Iran, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. He holds a PhD in Economics (University of Cape Town), an MA (University of Cape Town) and three bachelor degrees. His research interests are economics and public policy, economics of education and labour markets, and public finance.

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.

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.

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.

You-tien Hsing
Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley

You-tien Hsing is Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Making Capitalism in China: The Taiwan Connection (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China (Oxford University Press, 2010), and co-editor of Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism (Routledge, 2009). Hsing serves on the editorial board of several international journals, and has been visiting professor to Tsinghua University in Beijing, Shanghai University in Shanghai, National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University in Taiwan.  Hsing’s research has been focusing on the political economy of development, urbanization and land in China. Recently she has expanded her interests to East Asian societies in the era of post developmental state, and the politics of conservation in China’s northern frontier regions, particularly in Inner Mongolia. Hsing draws inspirations from ethnographical work. She believes that theorizing starts from muddy realities. It is a process of open dialogues and self-reflections, of which the historical and the geographical, the institutional and the emotional are all indispensable.