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Trevor ManuelDistinguished politician, Trevor Manuel, accepted appointment as Senior Fellow at the Mandela School, as well as an Honorary Professorship at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Mr. Manuel had a distinguished career in public service, including serving as one of South Africa (and the world’s) longest-serving Ministers of Finance. During this tenure in government, he also served as Minister in the Presidency and as head of the National Planning Commission. Before 1994, Mr. Manuel was a stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement and an activist. He is currently a senior advisor to the Rothschild Group and Deputy Chairperson of Rothschild SA and a board member of several companies. Among many international posts, he has chaired the International Monetary Fund’s Development Committee, served as Special Envoy for Development Finance for UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon, and served on the Commission for Africa and the task team on Global Public Goods. In 2011 he became a Co-chair of the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund, a UN fund to help poorer nations combat and adapt to climate change. Mr. Manuel has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards, being named Africa Finance Minister of the Year in 2007.

Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela Professor Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela is a respected senior government official who has had a long professional association with the Mandela School. Prof Msengana-Ndlela is currently a Special Advisor to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (previously Higher Education and Training; Science and Technology). She has also facilitated a number of high-level training courses targeting senior public servants for the Mandela School. Prof Msengana-Ndlela was previously the City Manager for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in Port Elizabeth and for seven years she was the Director General of the then National Department of Provincial and Local Government. Prof Msengana-Ndlela has a PhD from the University of Warwick, a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) and other degrees from Rhodes and the University of South Africa.

Alison GillwaldProfessor Alison Gillwald is an Adjunct Professor at the the Mandela School as well the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa. She also served as Adjunct Professor at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management, where she founded the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre in 1999 with the purposes of fast-tracking ICT policy and regulatory training in southern Africa. She did so after serving a term on the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA). Before joining SATRA in 1997 she established the Independent Broadcasting Authority's Policy Department and was responsible for co-ordinating the Triple Inquiry into Public Service Broadcasting, Local Content and Cross-media Control. She has consulted for the International Telecommunications Union, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and several African governments on issues from broadband and gender to indicator development and digital readiness. She was appointed to the African Ministers’ Advisory Group in 2000 and in 2002 she chaired the National Digital Advisory Body appointed by the Minister of Communication.  She was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Ministerial Broadband Advisory Council in 2013 and has  has served on the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Womensnet and Media Monitoring Project and publicly-listed company AVUSA. Prof Gillwald has a Masters degree in Politics from the University of Natal and a doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has a post-graduate certificate in Economics and Public Finance from the University of South Africa.


Dr Miriam Altman is an Adjunct Professor at the Mandela School. She is a part-time Commissioner on the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the Office of the South African Presidency and was a significant contributor to the writing of SA’s first National Development Plan. As Head of Strategy for the Telkom Group from 2013 until 2016, she coordinated Telkom's strategic repositioning and turnaround, as well as Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations. From 2002 to 2010, she served as Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is recognised as a leading economist, strategist and thought leader who has played a role in shaping employment policy and dialogue in South Africa. She has a BA in Economics from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester. Dr Altman has produced more than 100 publications, guest edited four special edition journals and been the commissioning editor of approximately 400 policy papers in her division at HSRC, most of which can be accessed on her website.


Advocate Vusi Pikoli is Adjunct Professor at the Mandela School. He is well known as the fiercely independent former National Director of Public Prosecutions currently serves as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at the South African Airways. Advocate Pikoli played a key role in constitutional negotiations for a democratic South Africa and served in the Department of Justice for 15 years (1994-2009). As National Director of Public Prosecutions he was first suspended and then fired for pursuing corruption charges against powerful individuals, including the former police commissioner and head of Interpol, Jackie Selebi. This is documented in his memoir with Mandy Wiener, My Second Initiation. More recently he has been a special advisor to the minister of state security, the Police Ombudsman for the Western Cape (2014-2018) and a commissioner on the Khayelitsha Commission of Enquiry into police inefficiency. Advocate Pikoli completed his BA (Law) & LLB at the National University of Lesotho in 1984; an LLM in Legislative drafting at the University of Zimbabwe in 1988; Business Leadership at the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania in 1996. In 1994 he was appointed as special advisor to the Minister of Justice, where he played a key role in constitutional negotiations for a democratic South Africa. In 1995 he was admitted to practice as an Advocate of the High Court in South Africa. 


Dr Ian Goldman is Adjunct Professor at the Mandela School and teaches a module on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Change in the Mandela School’s masters programme. The module focuses on providing a broad framework and tools for managing change. Dr Goldman is the key convener of the Leadership II module since 2014 and is also one of the main supervisors for masters’ students. Dr Goldman completed a BSc Soil Science at Reading University in 1978; an MSc Tropical Agricultural Development at Reading University in 1980; in 1988 he completed a Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design, at the National Computer Centre, UK; in 2001 he completed a PhD, at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Title: “Managing Rural Change in the Free State, South Africa – transforming the public sector to serve the rural poor”. Dr Goldman was Head of Evaluation and Research from 2011 to 2018 and also served as Deputy Director General (DDG) from 2017 to 2018 at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). Dr Goldman has 40 years of experience, working in 19 countries, in international organisations, in three international languages (English, Spanish and French).


Dr Maria Phalime is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Mandela School. Dr Phalime is a former medical doctor, author, leadership development facilitator and coach; for the past four years she has facilitated and developed programmes for the Mandela School, including: The Leading in Public Life, Emerging African Leader Programme; Understanding Poverty and Inequality in South Africa for senior South African public sector officials; Atlantic Fellows Programme (in collaboration with the London School of Economics); Collaborative Leadership for Regional Economic Development. Her book, “Postmortem: The doctor who walked away,” won the City Press Nonfiction Award (2012) and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award (2015.


David Schmidt is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Mandela School and has degrees in public management, economics and law and is a public leadership expert with a specific expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues in complex urban and local governance contexts. Over the past four years he has played a key role in developing the pedagogical approach and public leadership model that underpins the Mandela School’s Building Bridges programme. Since 2015 he has co-facilitated and taught on the School’s three flagship leadership courses, namely the Leading in Public Life Emerging African Leaders Programme, the LeAD Campus “My Leadership” week and the executive short course in Ethical Leadership and Public Accountability, as well as the Ethics Module of the professional masters programme.


Dr Carla Lever is a Research Fellow at the Mandela School, interested in political spectacle, protest and commemoration practices in a contemporary South African context. She gained her PhD from the University of Sydney, examining the centrality of embodied practice to South African national identity under the Zuma administration. Carla is also a cultural journalist and the recipient of a 2013 BASA silver award for arts opinion writing in South Africa. She is currently lecturing on South African protest history and literature, while undertaking ASTR-funded research on statue-based protest in the US and South Africa.