People and networks




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).

Francois van Schalkwyk
Project manager and researcher

François van Schalkwyk is an independent researcher and consultant in the fields of higher education studies, open data and scholarly communication. He holds an MPhil in Publishing Studies from Stirling University (UK) and an MEd from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). François is currently is currently registered as a PhD candidate in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. In addition to his academic interests, he is the managing director of COMPRESS.dsl, a publishing company based in Cape Town, South Africa, and a Trustee of the open access book publisher African Minds.

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.

Mark Bunting
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Rhodes University

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Monique Ritter
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.

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.

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).

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.

Samuel Fongwa
PhD student at the University of the Free State

Sam is currently doing his PhD at the University of the Free State. He has recently co-authored the two-volume SARUA profile of SADC higher education and has published a chapter in the Routledge publication Universities and Regional Development: A critical assessment of tensions and contradictions.

Thierry M Luescher-Mamashela
Assistant Director, Institutional Research, University of the Free State

Thierry Luescher-Mamashela is Assistant Director for Institutional Research at the University of the Free State. Previously he  was a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Studies and Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Thieery also worked as a Researcher on the HERANA project on higher education and democracy in Africa, as well as on the Phase 2 project, Democracy, the university and student development. 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. HeThierry holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town.

Tracy Bailey
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).