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sharma_kMr. Kamalesh Sharma, an Indian diplomat, became Commonwealth Secretary-General on 1 April 2008.

He was appointed to the post by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting in Kampala, Uganda, in November 2007.

Mr. Sharma previously served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, where he was closely involved in Commonwealth activities. In that capacity, since 2004 he has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation





Plenary Speakers


russel_botmanProfessor Russel Botman became Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, South Africa in January 2007. Prior to this he served the University for four years as Deputy Vice-Rector: Teaching. In this capacity he was responsible for the academic program, student affairs, quality assurance, academic support and the management of all deans. In his academic career he served the University of the Western Cape as professor and Dean in the Faculty of Theology and since 2000 he is a professor of Theology at Stellenbosch University.

Career Highlights:
•    Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2007 -  )
•    Minister of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Wynberg near Cape Town from 1982 to 1993
•    Founded the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology at Stellenbosch University in 2002
•    COPE's nominee for Western Cape premier (declined the nomination), 2009
•    Ministerial Task Group for the Minister of Education of South Africa
•    Consultant to the World Alliance of Reformed Churches

Corporate Board Memberships:
•    Vice-President, Association of African Universities
•    Chairperson of the HESA Africa Task Team
•    Past President, South African Council of Churches
•    Director, Media24, (largest print media company in Africa)

Biographical Background/Family History:
•    Born in the South African judicial capital of Bloemfontein
•    Son of a minister
•    Married with four children

Educational Background:
•    Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Western Cape








kerry_coxProfessor Kerry O. Cox DipMedTech, BScHons, PhD WAust, HonDEd Ballarat, FASM, FAIBiol, AAIMS

On 7 March 2006, Professor Kerry Cox started as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia.

Prior to joining ECU, Professor Cox had been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Ballarat for five years, after being Deputy Vice-Chancellor (at Ballarat) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Head of Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Dean of Biological Sciences (all at Flinders University of South Australia). He has been a research scientist at leading institutions in Stockholm, London and Melbourne in his field of microbiology/immunology.

Professor Cox has a strong record of establishing linkages with government, industry, business and research partners. He has broad community interests and involvement. As a University Head, he promotes a pronounced service orientation and high standards of integrity.

Committee/Board/Council memberships include the National Council on Education for Sustainability; the Business-Higher Education Round Table; the Australian Society for Microbiology (former President); the Australasian Society for Immunology; the Victorian Education Research Network; the Grampians Rural Health Alliance Network; the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Universities Australia and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (former President).

Professor Cox holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Microbiology and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia and Doctor of Education (honoris causa) from the University of Ballarat. The title of Emeritus Professor was conferred on Professor Cox by Flinders University in 1997 and by the University of Ballarat in 2006.







andrew_downesAndrew Downes is Professor of Economics and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

He has degrees in economics from the Universities of the West Indies and Manchester. He is the author of several monographs and articles covering such area as labour economics, macroeconomics, development economics and applied econometrics. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies. He is the author of a report for the UNDP on the Millennium Development Goals in the Caribbean







brandon_hamberProfessor Brandon Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He was born in South Africa and currently lives in Belfast. 

In South Africa he trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. He is currently the Chair of Healing Through Remembering, an extensive cross-community project investigating ways of dealing with the past related to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.  He is a Board member of the South African-based Khulumani Victim Support Group.  He was also co-founder of the Office of Psychosocial Issues based at the Free University, Berlin.  Prior to moving to Northern Ireland, he co-ordinated the Transition and Reconciliation Unit at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg.  He works mainly in the area of violence, reconciliation, transitional justice and trauma, and co-ordinated the Centre's project focusing on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was a visiting Tip O'Neill Fellow in Peace Studies at INCORE in 1997/1998.  He was also the recipient of the Rockefeller Resident Fellowship (1996) and was a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Violence in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He has consulted to a range of community groups, policy initiatives and government bodies in Northern Ireland and South Africa.  He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others.  He has lectured and taught widely, including, on the International Trauma Studies Programme at Colombia University, New York; the Post-War and Reconstruction Unit, University of York; the Psychosocial Training Programme with the Group for Community Action, University of Madrid, and at the University of Ulster.  He has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the psychological implications of political violence, and the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland and abroad.  He has published some 40 book chapters and scientific journal articles, and edited the book entitled Past Imperfect: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland and Societies in Transition, which was published by INCORE/University of Ulster.  His latest book Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health was published by Springer in 2009.








david_hulmeDavid Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester, Founder-Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and the Brooks World Poverty Institute.

He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. His recent books include Global Poverty (Routledge, 2010), Just Give Money to the Poor (Kumarian Press, 2010), What Works for the Poorest? (Practical Action, 2010), Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest (Palgrave, 2008) and Challenging Global Inequality (Palgrave, 2006).









archbishop_ndunganeWinston Hugh Njongonkulu Ndungane was born in Kokstad, South Africa, where he completed his primary and secondary education. As an anti apartheid activist in the 1960, he was eventually imprisoned on robben island from 1963 to 1966.

As a cleric in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, he has served as a parish priest, and moved on to facilitate theological education. In later years he served in senior management of the Anglican Church until his eventual election as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996.

While Archbishop Of Cape Town, he has served in many leadership platforms of the World Wide Anglican Communion and has made notable contributions to the work of the communion on issues of Peace and Justice, poverty eradication, trade justice and HIV and AIDS.

He has been involved with the promotion of the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals. He speaks widely on these issues as well as on rebuilding the new South Africa and theological questions.  In 2005, together with Kofi Annan and Jeffrey Sachs, he was a speaker in the St Paul’s Cathedral, London, series on poverty, ‘What can one person do?’  

In 2006 he launched African Monitor, a pan-African not-for-profit body harnessing the voice of the continent’s civil society in monitoring and promoting the effective implementation of promises made by the international community, and Africa’s own governments, for the continent’s development.

Njongonkulu Ndungane was appointed Chair of Council of the University of Cape Town in 2008.

In October 2009 Archbishop Njongo Ndungane was awarded the Drivers of Change Award, for his lifelong commitment to place the poor at the centre of social and economic policies.







sachsAlbie Sachs’ career in human rights activism started at the age of 17 when, as a second-year law student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign.

Three years later, he attended the Congress of the People at Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted. He started practice as an advocate at the Cape Bar aged 21.

The bulk of his work involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws. Many faced the death sentence. He himself was raided by the security police, subjected to banning orders restricting his movement, and eventually placed in solitary confinement without trial for two prolonged spells of detention.

In 1966, he went into exile. After spending 11 years studying and teaching law in England, he worked for a further 11 years in Mozambique, as a professor of law and legal researcher. In 1988, he was blown up by a bomb placed in his car in Maputo by South African security agents, losing an arm and the sight of an eye.

During the 1980s, working closely with Oliver Tambo (leader-in-exile of the African National Congress (ANC)), he helped draft the organisation’s code of conduct, as well as its statutes. After recovering from the bomb, he devoted himself full-time to preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. In 1990, he returned home and, as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC, took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court.

In addition to his work on the court, he has travelled to many countries sharing South African experience in healing divided societies. He has also been engaged in the sphere of art and architecture, and played an active role in the development of the Constitutional Court building and its art collection on the site of the Old Fort Prison in Johannesburg.





Parallel Working Session Speakers

(in alphabetical order)



ben_cousinsProfessor Ben Cousins holds a DPhil in applied social science from the University of Zimbabwe (1997), and a BA in Sociology and Geography from the University of South Africa (1982). He was in exile for 19 years, worked in agricultural training and extension in Swaziland (1976-1983) and Zimbabwe (1983-1986), and carried out research on communal grazing, livestock production and rural class formation in Zimbabwe (1986-1991). He lectured in Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape between 1991 and 1995, and held a chair in Development Management at the University of the Western Cape from 1998 to 2009. He founded and directed the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in the university’s School of Government from its inception in 1995 until September 2009. PLAAS, now the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, currently employs 20 staff members, is the leading research centre of its kind in Southern Africa, and enjoys an international reputation for high quality applied research. In 2009 professor Cousins was awarded a DST/NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies.

Prof Cousins’ main research interests are the politics of land and agrarian reform, agrarian change and agro-food regimes, land tenure reform, livestock production and common property resources, and the political economy of rural development. He has published widely in both academic and non-academic formats and edited or co-edited 5 books on these topics. The most recent of these is Land, power and custom:  Controversies generated by South Africa’s Communal Land Rights Act ( Cape Town: UCT Press and Columbus: Ohio University Press, 2008, with Aninka Claassens, co-editor). Between 1999 and 2009 he led and co-managed five regional or trans-continental research and networking programmes on land, livelihoods, and natural resource management, the most recent being a three-country study of livelihoods after land reform in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.






deborah_buszardDeborah J Buszard is a Professor at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada.

She recently coordinated an initiative there to create university-wide academic programs in sustainability which led to the creation of the College of Sustainability. Previously she was Associate Vice President and Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, Montreal, Canada where she was a founding Dean of the McGill School of Environment.

Born in the UK she studied at the University of Bath (B.Sc.) and obtained her PhD at Imperial College, University of London before joining McGill University as an Assistant Professor. Her scholarly interests are in plant breeding and physiology; she is author of numerous scientific publications, a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and has received several awards for her research, community work and teaching.

Her current research interests include sustainable food systems and mathematical modelling. She has extensive experience in academic administration, environment, agriculture and food research, policy and education and has served on the boards of several national and international organisations.







john_danielSir John Daniel is President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, a Commonwealth intergovernmental agency headquartered in Vancouver, Canada that helps developing countries apply technology to increase the scale and scope of learning in support of development. A graduate of the universities of Oxford and Paris, he has worked in ten universities in five jurisdictions. He was President of Laurentian University, Canada (1984-90); Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, UK (1990-2001) and Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Paris (2001-04). Among his 260 publications his is best known for his book Mega-universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education, which established his reputation as a leading thinker about how technology can help academics to enhance their effectiveness as teachers and enrich their impact as intellectuals. He has received 27 honorary doctorates from universities in 16 countries.










paProfessor Pamela Gillies BSc PGCE MEd MMedSci PhD FRSA FFPH AcSS Hon FRCPS (Glasg),  was appointed Principal and Vice‐Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in March 2006. Since becoming the academic and chief executive head of the University, Professor Gillies and her team have set out a new vision for Glasgow Caledonian University ensuring it is one of the most distinctive universities in the UK – a University for the professions with a commitment to the common good.

Professor Gillies is a Governor of the Board of Trustees of the British Council, supporting the educational and cultural work of the British Council in the UK and internationally. She is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation to promote international business related fellowships and internships for Scotland’s brightest students. She is a member of the Board of CBI Scotland, the first Scottish Vice‐Chancellor to be elected to this role.

Following an invitation by Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, Professor Gillies is Chair of a new taskforce which is exploring the welfare and benefits system in Glasgow aimed at creating a template for the rest of the UK. She is also the Chair of the Glasgow Health Commission. A joint initiative involving Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the Commission is tasked with drawing together thinking on sustainable health improvement in Glasgow and making recommendations for the City’s partners to reduce health inequalities in immediate and longer term. Professor Gillies also sits on the Scottish Poverty and Truth Commission.

In addition, Professor Gillies is a member of the Scottish Enterprise West Regional Advisory Board, which plays a key role in Scottish Enterprise’s industry strategy by identifying and shaping potential projects that will help meet the needs of Scotland’s key industries and improve Scotland’s overall economic performance. She was a Board member of the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education (SIESWE) from 2006‐2008 to establish the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services and is currently a Trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; Universities UK Research Policy Committee, the Prime Minister’s Initiative Advisory Group. She is the Convener of the Universities Scotland Health Committee and a member of Executive Committee and the Funding Policy Group.

Professor Gillies graduated from Aberdeen University with a BSc in Physiology, a PGCE and a Masters in Education and Philosophy. She subsequently trained in community health at the University of Nottingham, graduating with an MMedSci and a PhD in Epidemiology. She spent six years in Sheffield evaluating health promotion initiatives before returning to Nottingham in 1984 to take up a Lectureship in Public Health Medicine, eventually rising to be appointed a Pro Vice‐Chancellor of the Universityof Nottingham in 2001.

During her career, Professor Gillies has worked in San Francisco on an Abbott Fellowship for AIDS Research (1988), in Geneva as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS (1989‐90), at Harvard University as a Harkness Fellow and Visiting Professor in Health and Human Rights (1992‐3), and in London on a seconded post as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England (1996‐99).

In 2005, Professor Gillies was elected as an Academician of the Academy for Social Sciences. She was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002, and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in 2007. During her career, she has researched and written widely on cross‐cultural perspectives on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and health, partnership responses to health improvement and community development responses to inequalities in health focussing on the potential of social action for health. She is currently active in a Gates Foundation funded research project in Kolkata, India, to prevent HIV transmission in sex workers and their families.









martin_hallMartin Hall is Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford. He is also Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town, where he is affiliated with the Graduate School of Business.  Previously Professor of Historical Archaeology, he was inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT (from 1999 to 2008). He is a past-President of the World Archaeological Congress and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and of the University of Cape Town. He is an accredited mediator with the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement.

He has written extensively on pre-colonial history in Southern Africa, on the historical archaeology of colonialism and on contemporary public culture. He currently teaches and carries out research on the intersection of the public and private sectors, entrepreneurship, and the role of “knowledge organizations” in advancing development in highly unequal societies.  

Recent publications include  “Identity, memory and countermemory:  the archaeology of an urban landscape” (Journal of Material Culture 11(1-2): 189-209, 2006), Historical Archaeology (edited with Stephen Silliman; Oxford, Blackwell, 2006), Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City (edited with Noeleen Murray and Nick Shepherd; London, Routledge, 2007), “Transformation and continuity in the university in Africa” (Social Dynamics 33 (1):181-198, 2007) and “Stitch Wise: Strategic Knowledge Management for Pro-Poor Enterprise on South Africa’s Goldfields” (in The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa:  Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models, in press 2008).  A full list of publications, as well as current work, is available at







hilary_homansHilary Homans is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable International Development at the University of Aberdeen.  Previously Dr Homans was Senior Adviser to UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank on issues related to HIV and reproductive health, gender, young people, humanitarian populations of concern in over 40 countries.  She has worked on HIV and AIDS since 1985. Prior to joining the UN, Dr Homans worked for DFID for 12 years, many of which were spent in sub Saharan Africa and was formerly Professor at the University of Zimbabwe. 

Her areas of expertise include strategy development (Making Pregnancy Safer and Global Health Workforce Alliance), programme development and management, capacity building, participatory, interdisciplinary and distance learning, monitoring and evaluation with specific reference to HIV, young people's health development and participation, equal opportunities, gender, sexual and reproductive health, ethics and social exclusion and she has published widely in these areas.  Dr Homans was the WHO Coordinator following the earthquake Bhuj, Gujarat in 2001 and has provided technical support to programmes in the Balkans, and northern and southern Caucuses.  She has been involved in the development of UN HIV programme guidance for humanitarian populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, HIV testing and counselling (UNHCR) and the Inter-agency Standing Committee Guidelines on HIV in emergency settings.









muhammad_ismailEngr Muhammad Ismail is currently working as Director Quality Assurance at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. He has Master’s degrees in Physics from University of the Punjab Pakistan and Aerospace Engineering from University of Oklahoma, USA.  During his professional career, he served against different instructional and administrative assignments in Pakistan Air Force (PAF). He was also deputed to King Faisal Air Academy, Riyadh Saudi Arabia for three years. He retired from PAF in the rank of Air Commodore.  Besides other honours and awards, he is recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Distinction) (Military) for his meritorious service to the PAF. He has served on several committees and boards related to academic management and governance. In his present capacity, he is dealing with the matters concerning policies and programs for quality assurance / enhancement in higher education at NUST.   He has participated in numerous national and international conferences and workshops related to the field of quality assurance.  He has various publications to his credit and has conducted several seminars and workshops, as resource person.  He is on the panel of experts of Pakistan Engineering Council approved for the accreditation of engineering programs in the country and is also on the Register of External Reviewers of Oman Accreditation Council. He is NUST’s focal person for INQAAHE, APQN, ACU, IAU, and Talloires Network.






bhekie_mambaProf Bhekie B. Mamba, MSc, PhD (Chemistry) (University of the Witwatersrand)

Professor Mamba is a researcher and lecturer of Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Materials Science and Processing in the Department of Chemical Technology, University of Johannesburg (UJ). He has published his research in internationally accredited journals and made presentations in international and national conferences whose themes are mainly Chemistry, Water Research and Nanotechnology and applications. He is currently the Mintek/DST Director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Water Platform which was established and is being funded by the Department of Science and Technology in 2007 for the purpose of carrying out innovative research on the applications of nanomaterials in water decontamination.  Prof Mamba has supervised to completion a number of Masters students and is currently supervising at least 20 Masters, PhD and Post doctoral Fellows in Nanotechnology and water treatment related research projects. Besides collaboration with local universities and research institutes, Prof Mamba has also established international collaborative research links with institutions at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands, Indian Institute of Science, Cranfield University, England and the University of California, Los Angeles.







anitha_menonJ. Anitha Menon, PhD is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Zambia and DelPHE project coordinator for the project - Promoting self-management and shared health-related decision making in young people. 

Health Psychologist with research interests in:

  • Applying psychological principles in prevention and management of chronic illness.
  • Stress management and physical activity in enhancing well-being of individuals.
  • Communication skills of health practitioners in patient care, health related decision- making and adherence to treatment.
  • Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Academia









maud_muchuwetiDr Maud Muchuweti obtained an honours degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree both in Biochemistry from the University of Zimbabwe in 1988 and 1995 respectively. She was appointed to the position of a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry in 1995. In 2001 she was again appointed to the position of Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry a position she held until October, 2008 when she was then appointed to the position of acting Dean of the Faculty of Science. In 2007 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer .To date she has published 30 articles in refereed journals. Her research interests include:
1.    Traditional and indigenous foods: Medico-nutritional properties and utilisation,
2.    Biological natural products including phytochemicals.
3.    Analysis of polysaccharides in wild plants: Their use in industrial applications
4.    Analysis of heavy metals and pesticides in soils and vegetables,
Dr. Muchuweti has managed to attract substantial funding for her projects. Currently she is DelPHE project coordinator for the project - Alleviating Chronic Hunger and Malnutrition among the Rural Poor of Zimbabwe through Effective and Sustainable Utilization of Traditional Wild Plant-based Foods which is being done in collaboration with the University of Greenwich.










mary_nakabugoDr. Mary Goretti Nakabugo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Media, School of Education, Makerere University, Uganda. She is currently on leave, on a Research Fellowship with the Irish-African Partnership for Research Capacity Building (IAPRCB) hosted by Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland, where she is Researcher and Coordinator of the education component of the project. Other previous roles have included Head of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Media in Makerere University (2003-2007), Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University (2006-2007) and Fellow of the Japan Foundation at Naruto University of Education, Japan, in 2008. Her scholarly interests include curriculum reform and development, assessment for learning, education and development, teacher continuing professional development, and international cooperation and partnerships in education. She has undertaken studies in a wide range of contexts including Africa, Asia and Europe. She holds a B.A in Education of Makerere University and a Masters and PhD Degree of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.









nyakaanaAssociate Professor Jockey Baker Nyakaana

Born in 1955, a PhD in Environmental Management from University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and have attended national and international short courses, workshops and conferences in Environment, Tourism and curriculum design.  Started my academic career immediately after graduation a BA (Hons) (Geography, Economics) and Diploma in Education in 1978.  Outside Uganda, l have taught at Moi and Egerton Universities in Kenya and External Examiner for Moi and Nairobi Universities.

I was the architect of the Bachelor of Tourism Management programme which started at Makerere in 1996/97 and have been teaching on it since then.  My research interests are in tourism development and sustainability with emphasis on pro-poor tourism.  I have published in tourism, environment and cross cutting aspects of geography.  I am the Ugandan team leader of three tourism training projects (Delphe, EPA and 3A-STEP) the first two are funded by British Council and the latter by European Union.  I am a team member of the Edulink project funded by European Union.

Team leader of the just completed eco-tourism development research project in Lake Victoria basin and currently researching on Tourism as an engine of development in Uganda and designing a national curriculum on Tourism management for tertiary Diploma Institutions in Uganda.





brian_oconnellProfessor Brian O’Connell, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape

Professor Brian O’Connell’s career in education as a teacher, professor and education administrator has spanned 39 years. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of the Western Cape and the University of South Africa and post-graduate degrees from Columbia University in New York

After 7 years in the school system, followed by 3 years as Rector of a College of Education he was appointed Director of the School of Education at Peninsula Technikon in 1991.  In 1994, he became acting Vice-Rector, with responsibility for Student Affairs at Pentech. In 1995 he was appointed Head of the Western Cape Education Department, responsible for more than 2000 education institutions from K1 to K12, including eighteen Technical Colleges. In October 2001 he was appointed to the position of Rector and Vice-Chancellor (President) of the UWC, a position he still holds.

Professor O’Connell was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the United States and in 2002 he was appointed Professor of Leadership and Management in the Faculty of Education at UWC. He has published essays and articles on a wide range of educational matters with an emphasis on Leadership, Transformation and the Legacy of Apartheid

He has chaired many community organizations and served on many boards, committees and task teams including the South African Qualification’s Authority. He also represents the South African Universities. For the past eight years he has been Chairman of the National Access Consortium Western Cape (NACWC). He currently chairs the Community Chest, an affiliate of the United Way International, and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Professor O’Connell has also played a number of sports at national and provincial levels.









Dr Guy Poulter is Director of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), a specialized Institute of the University of Greenwich.

Having trained as a food scientist specializing in fish protein biochemistry, Guy spend much of his early career helping small holder farmers and fishermen in poor developing countries access better markets for their products. With wide experience of subsistence farming and fishing in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands, Dr Poulter has spent extended periods working as a senior natural resources adviser for major development agencies such as DFID and the European Commission, while holding a series of senior appointments in the NRI. Over the last decade he has played a significant role in the development of pan European strategies on agricultural research for development and is a founder member of the UK Forum for Agricultural Research for Development. His current research interests lie in how best to get agricultural research for development into use including issues of institutional reform. 








maureen_robinsonMaureen Robinson started her working career as a high school teacher where she was closely involved in the protest actions of the teacher organisations of the pre-democracy era. She then spent fifteen years at the University of the Western Cape where she taught courses on action research and curriculum studies, as well as coordinating a materials development project with teachers. 

Since 2002 she has been Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a faculty that incorporated two major teacher education colleges. She has published widely and been involved in many policy fora and research projects on teacher education and teacher development, specifically as these relate to a changing social and political environment. 

She is currently on the Board of the International Council of Education for Teachers and the Umalusi Research Forum, and is the chair of the Kenton Education Association, a national education research associati on in South Africa.








david_sandersProfessor David Sanders, MBChB (Birm), DCH (RCS Eng), MRCP (UK), DTPH (London) has qualifications in Paediatrics and Public Health. He is Academic Chair and founding Director, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. He has over 30 years experience in public health and primary health care in Zimbabwe and South Africa, having advised governments and UN agencies on these issues.  He has been a member of the academic staff of the medical schools of the University of Zimbabwe and the University of KwaZulu Natal.  He is the author of three books, over 30 chapters and approximately 100 peer-reviewed articles on health policy and health systems, public health research and education, child health and nutrition, and human resources for health. He was Chair of the Health Sciences Working Group of the National Commission on Higher Education appointed by the South African Minister of Education.  He is on the Global Steering Council of the Peoples Health Movement and was a managing editor of Global Health Watch. He was a member of the Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition. In 2005 he was Heath Clark Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was an Honorary Professor. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.








tamara_sheferTamara Shefer is professor of Psychology and Gender Studies and currently director of Women’s and Gender Studies Programme at the University of the Western Cape. She has been co-editor on four academic texts, From Boys to Men: Social Constructions of Masculinity in Contemporary Society (2007), The Gender of Psychology (2006), Discourses on difference, discourses on oppression (2002), Contemporary issues in human development (1997), and written two popular texts, Teaching Equality and No turning back: Fighting for gender equality in the unions (co-writer), and has researched and published widely in national and international journals and edited texts. Her research has been primarily in the areas of (hetero)sexual relationships, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexual identities and practices, masculinities, gender and authorship, and feminist and critical psychology Her areas of expertise also include feminist, discourse analytic and qualitative research methodologies, philosophical and political issues in research, and the construction of identities and power. She has a particular interest in authorship development, having been involved in a number of book projects towards supporting authorship of young, black and women writers. Outside of academic and research work, she has expertise in adult education and training, having worked in a large educational NGO for five years in the early 1990s. She has further been engaged in a range of evaluation and audit research projects, policy research and development, and capacity development including gender training, for NGOs, universities, and government departments. She has been listed in the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women since 2006. She has been visiting lecturer to the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Maryland, Utrecht, Basel and Copenhagen, and invited by NGOs in South Africa, Nigeria and Denmark to present guest lectures/public addresses. She is an NRF rated researcher and has been engaged in a wide range of collaborative and international research projects and received research awards from SANPAD and the NRF, amongst other funders and organisations. In 2010 she was awarded the UWC Vice-Chancellor's Annual Research Award.








namhla_sotukuNamhla Sotuku is a lecturer at the University of Fort Hare’s Faculty of Education. She draws from a varied background as a teacher, lecturer at a teachers college, a researcher, community developer, curriculum trainer, author of Foundation Phase school books and a materials developer for teacher education programmes.

As a researcher she has a solid grounding and experience in working with rural communities. She has just completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Fort Hare and the degree will be awarded in May 2010.

The title of her Doctor of Philosophy degree is‘ An investigation into the possibilities and limitations of utilizing rural based African communities’ participatory institutions as enablers for the exercise of agency in improving participation in education’

Using a combination of research methods the study led to key findings about the nature of rural communities’ participation in issues affecting their lives, which include education. Key issues that emerged include the necessity to bring to the centre a people’s indigenous ways of community participation marrying tradition with modernity. The study further highlighted how different structures of participation interact and complement each other while through clear communication they create a platform for meaningful ongoing role negotiation and sustained accountability. The study recommended an” additive approach” to participation- an approach that recognizes and acknowledges the realities of rural African communities.

Namhla’s research areas are Language Develoment, Languages and Mathematics and Education Policy issues She is currently involved in the Community Literacy and Numeracy Groups Research project initiated by the  South African Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD).  






Professor Mark Swilling is Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development Planning and Management in the School of Public Management and Planning, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute.  He is responsible for the design and implementation of a Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development that gets delivered at the Sustainability Institute which is located in the Lynedoch EcoVillage, Stellenbosch. Prior to this Professor Swilling was an Executive Director of Spier Holdings (Pty) Ltd. 1999-2001; co-founder and  Director of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, 1995-1998; and co-founder of PLANACT in 1985, an urban development NGO that provided policy and strategy support for community organisations, trade unions and eventually the liberation movements in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Professor Swilling obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in 1994 and has a BA and a BA (Honours) obtained through the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was also a lecturer from 1982 - 1987. He has published over 50 academic articles, four books and written extensively for the popular media on a wide range of public policy issues. He was elected as a Fellow into the international Ashoka network of social entrepreneurs in 1992, and serves on several Boards of for- and Non-Profit Organisations. In 2007 he was invited to be a member of the International Panel on Sustainable Resource Management, established by the United Nations Environment Programme to assess ways of making the global economy more sustainable.

Professor Swilling has had twenty five years experience in urban development planning, sustainable city and human settlement projects. These include large-scale community-based housing projects in Uitenhage, Klerksdorp, Johannesburg and more recently with respect to the design and project management of the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development near Stellenbosch, the Philippi Business Place in Philippi (Cape Town), and the Oude Molen Urban Renewal Project (Cape Town). He has been extensively involved in urban planning at the level of policy development as a participant in the process of restructuring Johannesburg into a Metropolitan Governance system, as an advisor to the Gauteng Government where he Chaired the Gauteng Development Planning Tribunal, and more recently in Stellenbosch where he forms part of the Rector’s team in the Stellenbosch University – Stellenbosch Municipality “Sustainable University Town” initiative. He is a member of the CSIR’s Review Advisory Panel for the Built Environment, and a member of the DBSA’s Review Panel for the ‘Sustainable Communities’ Programme.








lillian_tibatemwa_ekirikubinzaProfessor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is a holder of a Ph.D. in Law (University of Copenhagen, Denmark); an LL.M (Commercial Law) Bristol, U.K; an  LL.B (Hons.) Makerere University; a Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre, Kampala; and is enrolled as an Advocate of all Courts of Uganda’s Judicature.

She is currently the 1st Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), and a Professor of Law at Makerere University.

Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is widely researched in the areas of Gender, Crime and Criminology; Comparative Criminal Jurisprudence; Gender and the Law; Human Rights Perspectives of Criminal Law; Children’s Rights; Juvenile Justice; Rights of People with Disability; E-Evidence and Computer Crime; Transnational Crime.

She is widely published in referred journals and among her publications are three law books:
Women’s Violent Crime in Uganda:  More Sinned Against than Sinning (1999). Fountain Publishers, Kampala, Uganda. ISBN 9970 02 4779; Offences Against the Person: Homicides and Non-Fatal Assaults in Uganda. Fountain Publishers. Kampala. (2005). ISBN 02 1664 and Criminal Law in Uganda: Sexual Assaults and Offences against Morality. Fountain Publishers. Kampala. (2005). ISBN 9970 02 4787. Her publications are the first ever locally authored text books on the substantive law of crime based on judicial interpretation of Uganda’s principal criminal legislation (the Penal Code). Her work is thus an invaluable contribution to the development of criminal jurisprudence by Ugandan and East African Courts of Law.

i.    First female to become an Associate Professor of  Law in the East African region
ii.    First female to be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University
iii.    First female to become full Professor of Law in the East African region













vershima_uzaProfessor D.V. Uza is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. Dr. Professor Uza began his career in the Benue State Civil Service as Ag. Chief Veterinary Officer and shortly afterwards became the Chief Adviser to the Benue State Government on all Livestock matters, at which time he also formulated all livestock development policies for the state.

In 1981, he was appointed the first General Manager and Chief Executive of the Benue Cattle Ranch which he developed in collaboration with partners from the United States of America. After a few years, Professor Uza left the ranch to pursue an academic career, which began with a teaching appointment at the University of Agriculture, Makurdi where he continues as lecturer and supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also served the University in several administrative capacities, as Head of Department, Dean and Chairman of various committees. Professor Uza has up to 80 publications to his credit. He has also been involved in community service at both state and national levels. In 1993, he was a member of the World Bank Supervision Mission for the Livestock Development Project on Research in Nigeria. He was leader of the Nigerian delegation of livestock experts on the Open Nucleus Breeding Scheme to Cote’d Ivorie in 1993 and to India in 1994. More recently, Professor Uza made a case for Africa, Nigeria and developing nations on the challenges of the food crisis, food sufficiency and improved agricultural methods in developing nations at the McGill University Conference on Global Food Security in Canada. Professor Uza has an MSc from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, a DVM and PhD in Animal Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a Fellow, College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN).








jimmy_volminkJimmy Volmink is Deputy Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Co-director of the South African Cochrane Centre at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town. He has previously held appointments as GlaxoWellcome Chair of Primary Health Care at the University of Cape Town and as Director of Research and Analysis at the Global Health Council in Washington DC.

After obtaining his BSc and MBChB degrees from the University of Cape Town and a DCH from the SA College of Medicine he worked as a family doctor and district surgeon in a township near Cape Town for 12 years. He later obtained a MPH degree from Harvard University followed by a DPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford. He was elected to membership of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in 2000 and currently serves as a Council member of that body.  

Prof Volmink’s research has focused primarily on the evaluation of health care interventions for TB, HIV and cardiovascular disease. He has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, edited two books and authored numerous book chapters. He has extensive experience in teaching Evidence-based Medicine and in working with clinicians and policy makers to promote the use of research in decision-making.  He is currently chairperson of the Western Cape Provincial Health Research Committee. At Stellenbosch University his duties include strategic leadership of health research, management of research development and support and leadership of a multi-Faculty Food Security project.  

Prof Volmink is a current or past member of committees and advisory boards of a large number of international organizations, including the World Health Organization, UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Acumen Fund, Cochrane Collaboration, Wellcome Trust, Vienna School of Clinical Research, Belgian Red Cross and the International Clinical Epidemiology Network. He served as a member of the Data & Safety Monitoring Board of the multi-country MAGPIE (magnesium for pre-eclampsia) trial from 1998 to 2002.  In 2005 he was Guest Editor of the British Medical Journal Special Issue on Africa.