Alfred Quartey
Director of Planning, University of Ghana
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.

Angela Mias
Project administrator
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.

Ashraf Conrad
Principal Planning Officer, University of Cape Town
Bernard Waweru
Registrar, University of Nairobi
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.

Carnegie Corporation

FUNDING FOR: Regional co-operation, capacity building, policy dialogues, and higher education and development.

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).

Dr Esi Sutherland-Addy
Senior research fellow, head of the Language, Literature, and Drama Section, Institute of African Studies, and associate director of the African Humanities Institute Programme at the University of Ghana
Dr Esi Sutherland-Addy has held visiting lectureships at Manchester University, University of Indiana, University of Birmingham, and L'Institut des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She has published on, and continues to work in the areas of African theatre, film and music; mythology; and the role of women in African culture and society. In addition, Ms Sutherland-Addy has held portfolios as Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Culture and Tourism of Ghana, has conducted studies for the governments of Ghana, Namibia, Ethiopia, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Commonwealth in various aspects of education. She has served on several boards and commissions including the board of governors of the Commonwealth of Learning for six years. She currently serves on the advisory board of the International Literacy Institute in the University of Pennsylvania, the National Commission on Culture, Afram Publications Ghana and Mmofra Foundation. She is a member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists and the African Literature Association.
Dr Saleem Badat
Program Director, The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

Dr Saleem Badat is the former Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa, a position he held from 2006 to 2014. In 1999 Saleem became the first CEO of the Council on Higher Education which advises the South African Minister of Education on higher education policy issues, and is also responsible for quality assurance. Currently, Dr Badat is the Chairperson of the Association of African Universities Scientific Committee on Higher Education Research; serves on the executive committee of Higher Education South Africa (HESA); is the Chairperson of HESA's Funding Strategy Group; serves on the Development Bank of Southern Africa's education think-tank; and is a trustee of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust. Dr Badat is the recipient of numerous academic awards and prizes, including the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, the Association of Commonwealth Universities scholarship and British Council scholarships. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Free State and York. He is the author of Black Student Politics, Higher Education and Apartheid (Routledge, 2002), co-author of National Policy and a Regional Response in South African Higher Education (James Currey, 2004) and co-editor of Apartheid Education and Popular Struggles in South Africa (Ravan Press, 1990). He has contributed chapters and articles to various books, scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, and has directed and authored numerous policy reports on South African higher education and science policy. He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of York (UK).


Dr Teboho Moja (Chair of the CHET Board)
Professor of Higher Education at New York University
Dr Moja has been a special advisor to two ministers of Education on Higher Education policy and was board member of the International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP) in Paris. She has worked as the policy analyst for higher education at the Centre for Education Policy Development in South Africa. She has also held office as the president of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations (UDUSA) and was a founder member of the organisation. She has published extensively on higher education in South Africa and serves on the UNESCO Scientific Committee for Africa. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Centre on Private Financing of Higher Education, an initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
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).

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.

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.

Ford Foundation

FUNDING FOR: Assessing higher education transformation, globalisation, performance indicators, regional co-operation, curriculum reform, policy dialogues, and higher education and development.

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.

Francois van Schalkwyk (Compress.DSL)
Publishing, distribution, and website and data management
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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
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).

Kathy Graham (CHEC)
Financial administration
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.

Letitia Muller (Millennium Travel)
Travel and conference co-ordination
Linda Benwel (Millennium Travel)
Travel and conference co-ordination
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.

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.

Mark Bunting
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Rhodes University

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Marlene Titus (CHEC)
Financial administration
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.

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.


FUNDING FOR: Higher Education Studies

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.

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.

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.

Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai
Former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU)

Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius (1995-2005), former President of the International Association of Universities (2004-2008) and former Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (2008-2010). He did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Manchester, UK before joining the University of Mauritius as an academic, and was a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Mohamedbhai has served on a number of national boards or councils, and he was also a director of the State Bank of Mauritius (2003-2006). At the regional/international level, Prof. Mohamedbhai has been a member or chairman of several UNESCO committees on higher education for Africa. He was also chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2003-2004), the University of the Indian Ocean (1998-2005) and the Regional Scientific Committee for Africa of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge (2005-2008). He is currently a member of the governing Council of the United Nations University. In 2004, he received the distinguished award of Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) from the President of Mauritius for his contribution to higher education and in 2009 he received the Symons Award 2009 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities for outstanding contribution to the ACU and to Commonwealth universities.

Prof. Juma Shubani
Director of the cluster office of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Harare, Zimbabwe

A Burundi national, Prof. Juma Shabani represents UNESCO in four countries, namely Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in addition to the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat. Until 2002, he was the senior specialist in higher education in Africa at the UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to this appointment, he was a senior specialist in higher education in Eastern and Southern Africa at the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya; deputy secretary-general of the Association of African Universities (AAU) at the AAU secretariat based in Accra, Ghana, for four years and vice rector (vice president) of the University of Burundi for five years. He is currently vice president of the African Academy of Sciences, Co-ordinator of the Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa, member of the International Advisory Board of Suffolk University in Boston and Member of the Executive Committee of the Global University Network for Innovations with secretariat in Barcelona, Spain. He studied in mathematics and physics at the State University of Kharkov (Ukraine) and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He has been visiting professor/researcher at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Italy) and Sussex University (UK). He speaks and writes fluently in Kiswahili, Kirundi, English, French and Russian. He has published over 80 publications in mathematical physics and higher education.

Prof. Lidia Brito
Regional Director for the Sciences in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, UNESCO

Lidia Brito was the first Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Mozambique (2000–2005) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Eduardo Mondlane University (1998-2000). She has extensive diverse experience working with local, national, and international organizations mainly in technical expertise and political support in good governance issues, energy, higher education, science and technology, ICT and their impact on social development. She has served as member of many boards, such as the UNESCO-IHE Governing Board, UNESCO-NEPAD High-Level Group; United Nations University Council, the Advisory Board of the Community Development Carbon Fund and the Steering Committee for the programme on Sustainable Management of Forests in Africa. Dr Brito obtained her forestry degree at Eduardo Mondlane and her PhD in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University. 

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.

Ramathe Western Cape
Rockefeller Foundation

FUNDING FOR: Regional co-operation, higher education and development.

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.

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.

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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).

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.