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Professor Faizel Ismail is Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. He currently teaches at the University of Cape Town, in the School of Economics, the Faculty of Law and in the Graduate School of Business. He has a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester; an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, and; BA and LLB Degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in South Africa. He was re-appointed to serve as the Chair of the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) for five years (2019-2023). He has served as the Ambassador Permanent Representative of South Africa to the WTO (2010-2014). Prior to this he was the Deputy Director General for International Trade and Economic Development (ITED) in the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). As South Africa’s Chief Trade Negotiator, since 1994, he led the new democratic South Africa’s trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and several other bilateral trading partners including the US, India, and Brazil. He was also South Africa’s Special Envoy on the South Africa-USA AGOA negotiations between January 2015 and June 2016.


Alan Hirsch is Professor of Development Policy and Practice at The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT and was its founding director from 2011 to 2019. Born in Cape Town he is educated in Economics and History at UCT, Wits and Columbia. He taught at UCT, and then joined the South African Department of Trade and Industry in 1995. From 2002 to 2012 he managed economic policy in the South African Presidency, represented the Presidency in the G20, and was co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group. He serves on several boards including the European Centre for Development Policy Management and is a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council. He is currently visiting the South African Institute for International Affairs as a Bradlow Fellow. He was visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School, a regular visiting professor at Maastricht University, directed the International Growth Centre’s research in Zambia, and was a member of the OECD secretary-general’s Inclusive Growth Advisory Panel. He writes about economic development issues, including Season of Hope - Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki and The Oxford Companion to South African Economics


Carlos Lopes is an Honorary Professor at the Mandela School and current AU High Representative to support Member States in the negotiation of a new agreement with the European Union post-2020 and a member of the organization's Reform Team, led by Rwanda President Paul Kagame. Professor Lopes served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to this, he was UN representative in Zimbabwe and Brazil, director for development policy at the UN Development Programme, Executive Director of UNITAR, Director of the United Nations System Staff College, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan’s political director. He is a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris and serves in several Boards, including Geneva's Graduate Institute and Waterloo University in Canada.


Brian LevyBrian Levy  is Professor at the Mandela School at the University of Cape Town. He also teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He worked at the World Bank from 1989 to 2012, including as manager of the Africa Vice Presidency Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit, and as head of the secretariat responsible for the design and implementation of the World Bank Group's governance and anti-corruption strategy. He has published widely on the interactions among institutions, political economy and development policy. His most recent book is Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies (Oxford U Press, 2014; info at www.workingwiththegrain.com.) He completed his Ph.D in economics at Harvard University in 1983.



Professor Rajen Govender is an independent researcher, academic and consultant with 35 years of teaching and management experience in the university sector and over 20 years of experience consulting to institutions in the public, civil society, private and international development/donor sectors. His primary competencies are in research design and methodology (experimental, quantitative and qualitative), and complex multivariate modelling. His research portfolio covers public health, substance use, burn and traffic injuries, social justice, anti-discrimination, reconciliation, and development policy and practice. He has worked in diverse countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia, has published over 35 peer reviewed journal articles, co-edited the volume Rethinking Reconciliation: Evidence from South Africa, and authored over 80 commissioned reports and briefs. He currently divides his time at University of Cape Town between the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and the Department of Sociology, is Senior Research Specialist at the Violence Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU) at the SA Medical Research Council, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. 


Maria BeaunoirMaria Beaunoir is the Mandela School's Admin Assistant. She joined the school after working in the Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference as an events administrator. She has also worked as an office manager at the Arts and Media Access Centre and at Sechaba Medical Solutions. Maria is an experienced events organiser who has worked in both the private as well as non-government sector. 



 Marianne CamererMarianne Camerer directs the Building Bridges programme at the Mandela School. Building Bridges is a leadership development platform that brings together key African stakeholders, both researchers and practitioners, in an inter-generational dialogue with the aim to deepen understanding around challenges confronting the continent. In 2014 she initiated the flagship Emerging African Leaders Programme which now has over 100 alumnus from ten African countries. She works with a team of facilitators to develop innovative executive training for senior public officials and social entrepreneurs in Africa, with a particular focus on ethical leadership and accountability. Prior to joining UCT, Marianne co-founded the international anti-corruption NGO Global Integrity and headed anti-corruption research at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Marianne is passionate about leadership development and  qualified as an integral coach through UCT’s Centre for Coaching at the Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Centre for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) at Columbia Law School. Marianne holds masters’ degrees in public policy and political philosophy from Oxford and the University of Stellenbosch. Her Ph.D. in Political Studies, from the University of Witwatersrand, focused on “Corruption and Reform in Democratic South Africa”. 



Kelvin ChabalaKelvin Chabala is the Mandela School’s Finance and Operations Manager. He joined after more than fifteen years working in senior finance, human resources, operations, donor compliance and management in southern Africa. He has worked in the non-profit as well as private sectors, including at AWARD, Royal Sechaba Foods, Shechem Investments Ltd, Stanbic Bank and Population Council. At Population Council he headed the finance, human resources, grants and contracts and administration functions. He has a National Higher Diploma in Accountancy from the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants and he is a student member of ACCA’s (Association of Chartered & Certified Accountants) global qualification. He is currently studying for his MBA in financial management with the London School of Business & Finance and has extensive experience working with international donors and international development with a clear understanding and experience in terms of donor rules and regulations especially USAID, CDC and NIH funding.


Hannah DiazHannah Lindiwe Diaz manages the Executive Education programme of the Mandela School. The Programme offers senior public leaders and officials, senior national and international actors in the private and non-profit sectors, and members of think tanks high-level training in various public policy and development areas. Hannah coordinates teams of experts, practitioners and facilitators to develop advanced training offerings that address strategic public leadership, core policy skills and public sector reform, and are shaped by relevant research, leading practice, and a strong focus on practical application. Prior to joining the Mandela School, Hannah worked as a Senior Social Consultant at EOH Coastal & Environmental Services where she undertook and oversaw research relating to the socio-economic impacts of planned change resulting from large development initiatives. Before that Hannah worked at the Public Service Accountability Monitor as a Programme Officer in the Regional Learning Programme, working extensively with a range of civil society organisations (CSOs) to design and deliver a range of training courses focusing on rights-based monitoring and advocacy across South and Southern Africa. Hannah holds a BA Hons. in Anthropology from Rhodes University and a MA in Development Studies, specialised in Poverty Studies and Social Policy, from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is also currently undertaking a qualification in Educational Technology.  


Wendy HendricksWendy Hendricks currently works in Events and Logistics for the Mandela School. Most recently, she was the Personal Assistant for the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Cape Provincial Development Council, a public entity facilitating socio-economic development among stakeholders in the Western Cape.  Prior to that she was the Personal Assistant to the Executive Director of the Urban Foundation. She also worked at SALDRU, UCT at various times, working on amongst others, the Carnegie conference : ‘Towards C3 – Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality”.



Nobuntu Magangana is the Mandela School’s administrative officer.  She holds a B-Tech in Cost and Management Accounting which she obtained at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  She is also a member of CIMA (Charted Institute of Management Accountants). Her professional experience includes working as a Financial Administrator for various departments within UCT  such as CIDER (Centre for Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Research) and Computational Biology.   Her experiences outside of UCT includes working in the Marine and I.T. industries.



Veleska MaphikeVeleska Maphike is the Programme Coordinator: Executive Education programme. She completed her undergraduate studies in Public Administration and her Master's Degree in Political Studies, at the University of the Western Cape. Veleska has worked for a number of NGOs including the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Ikamva Labantu and the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO). Her skills include research, writing papers and reports, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and planning/managing events. Her interests include peace and security, transitional justice, the African Union, and African current affairs. Lately she has come to appreciate the work of grassroots community projects, particularly in the field of Early Childhood Development. 


Elvina MoosaElvina Moosa is the MPhil Programme Manager at the Mandela School. She has had a long career at tertiary institutions and previously worked as a Quality Manager at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In that role she oversaw Professional body accreditation processes and managed the quality reviews of academic programmes at the institution. She has also been a part-time lecturer at CPUT, teaching Research Methodology to BTech students. Elvina has also worked in Administration in the Engineering Faculty at CPUT and spent 7 years in the corporate sector before joining CPUT. She obtained an MTech degree in Quality Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. 


Michael Mutava is a project and fundraising coordinator at the Mandela School. He holds a bachelor of Economics and Finance and is in the final stages of accounting certification (C.P.A). He has previously worked in insurance and capital markets and is passionate about strategy and policy in private and public sectors. Before joining the Mandela School he worked at Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority in implementing their master plan. He is currently studying towards a Master of Applied Economics at UCT. Michael is an athlete and loves hiking.



Musa Nxele is a lecturer at the the Mandela School, where he is also undertaking his PhD. His recent experience as an academic includes teaching public economics at Rhodes University. He has worked as a researcher and project manager at Benchmarking & Manufacturing Analysts, where he was focusing on policy-related research mainly for national government. Musa has also held roles in investment banking and other research entities. He holds a Master of Research degree in Globalization and International Economics from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as a Master of Commerce degree specialising in Economic Development from the University of Cape Town.



Zikhona Sikota is the Programme Assistant in the MPhil Programme. Prior to working at the Mandela School, she was a part-time contract lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, where she did both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She holds a Master's degree in Political Studies from the University of the Western Cape. Her previous experience includes being a Project and Office Associate for the United Nations Association of South Africa as well a Research Intern in the Parliamentary liaison office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. She also has significant experience in working in various research projects, including as a field worker and a focus group facilitator. Her research interest include democracy, participation, development and urban politics.


 Mabel SitholeMabel Sithole Ms. Mabel D. Sithole is the Building Bridges Programme Officer at The Mandela School. She is pursuing a PhD in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has over 13 years’ experience working in human rights, public policy and development in Africa. Mabel obtained her first degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe in 2007 where she also served as president of the Model United Nations Club. She obtained an Honours Degree in Public Policy (with distinction for her thesis which analysed public opinion about the role of the police in protecting refugee rights in South Africa) and a Masters in Development Studies, from the University of Cape Town. She worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross as the Communications Officer for the Regional Delegation of Southern Africa, and Skillshare International as the Regional Programme Officer for Southern Africa. She has contributed to studies assessing the implementation of affirmative action and employment equity policies in South Africa’s tertiary education sector. Her current research interests focus on leadership and governance in Southern Africa. She is also an established musician (Mae Sithole), recipient of the ConcertsSA Mobility Fund, and was named one of Cape Town’s Top 5 Innovative Female Musician Innovators by Of Africa Magazine.


Andile Cele is an experienced web content manager, communications officer and social media content creator. She is the Communications Manager at the Mandela School.