STIAS was founded in 1999 by Stellenbosch University with the intention to develop it as an independent and national institute with an international reach and impact. During the initial stage (1999 to 2007) the Institute functioned as part of the University structure, reporting to the Vice-Rector: Research. In 2007 a not-for-profit (Section 21) company was established to prepare the ground for the staged transfer of functions and responsibilities to the Company as a separate legal entity. Stellenbosch University is a member of the Company, but as a national and independent institute, STIAS is governed by its own Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

  • Mr Desmond Smith (Chair), Director of Companies
  • Prof Kåre Bremer, Former Rector of Stockholm University
  • Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria
  • Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Hendrik Geyer, Director of STIAS
  • Prof Christof Heyns, Law Faculty, University of Pretoria; Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
  • Prof Bernard Lategan, STIAS Founding Director
  • Dr Mosibudi Mangena, Former South African Minister of Science and Technology
  • Prof Göran Sandberg, Executive Director, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
  • Ms Raenette Gottardo, Independent Public Policy Consultant and Political Analyst

For the development of the STIAS research programme, the Director is assisted internally by a Fellowship and Programme Committee, a Research Advisory Committee and by an international panel of experts, including former Fellows of STIAS.

Fellowship and Research Programme Committee

  • Prof Hendrik Geyer, Director of STIAS
  • Prof Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Bernard Lategan, STIAS Founding Director
  • Prof Francis Nyamnjoh, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Louise Viljoen, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

Academic Advisory Board

  • Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa (chairman)
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa, CEO, Universities South Africa
  • Prof Hendrik Geyer, Director of STIAS
  • Prof Geoffrey Harpham, Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
  • Prof Shireen Hassim, Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Thokozani Majozi, SA Research Chair in Sustainable Process Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Staffan Normark, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Prof Francis Nyamnjoh, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Daya Reddy, SA Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Bert van der Zwaan, Utrecht University
  • Prof Louise Viljoen, Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

Former STIAS fellows are also regularly consulted and requested to review proposals.

STIAS Personnel

  • Prof Hendrik Geyer (Director)
  • Ms Karin Brown (Support staff)
  • Ms Elize du Plessis (Financial officer; part-time)
  • Ms Michelle Galloway (Media officer; part-time)
  • Prof Johann Groenewald (Coordinator: strategic initiatives)
  • Mr Leonard Katsokore (Factotum)
  • Prof Bernard Lategan (Coordinator: African programme)
  • Ms Nel-Mari Loock (Programme administrator; IT support and office arrangement)
  • Ms Maria Mouton (Coordinator of general logistics and PA to the STIAS Director)
  • Mr Makwande Nkathazo (Garden assistant)
  • Mr Yanga Nkathazo (Gardener)
  • Dr Christoff Pauw (Programme manager)
  • Ms Maggie Pietersen (Building caretaker)
  • Ms Gudrun Schirge (Senior programme administrator; part-time)
  • Ms Gwen Slingers (Support staff)
  • Ms Goldie van Heerden (Owner patron of Catering Unlimited)

Banking details

  • Bankers: Standard Bank of South Africa
  • Auditors: PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.
  • Company Registration: (Section 21 of the South African Companies Act) 2007/014516/08
  • Physical Address: 19 Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch 7600
Printable "About STIAS" leaflet (2012)
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