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GOVERNANCE

Overview

STIAS was founded in 1999 by Stellenbosch University with the intention of developing an independent, national institute with international impact. During the initial stage (1999 to 2007) STIAS functioned as part of the University, 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 as a separate legal entity. Stellenbosch University is a member of the Company, but STIAS is governed by its own Board of Directors.

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

Board of Directors

  • Mr Desmond Smith (Chair), Director of Companies
  • Prof. Kåre Bremer, Former Rector of Stockholm University
  • Prof. Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Hendrik Geyer,  STIAS Coordinator: Special projects
  • Ms Raenette Gottardo, Independent Public Policy Consultant and Political Analyst
  • Prof. Christof Heyns, Law Faculty, University of Pretoria; Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
  • Prof. Edward Kirumira, STIAS Director
  • 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

Fellowship and Research Programme Committee

  • Prof. Edward Kirumira, STIAS Director
  • Prof. Hendrik Geyer,  STIAS Coordinator: Special projects
  • Prof. Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr, Department of Biochemistry, Stellenbosch University (emeritus)
  • Prof. Louis Jonker, Department of Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Francis Nyamnjoh, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
  • Prof. Louise Viljoen, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

The following members join the Fellowship and Research Programme Committee to select semester cohorts of STIAS Fellows:

  • Prof. Erika de Wet, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
  • Prof. Bernard Lategan, STIAS Founding Director
  • Prof. Grace Musila, Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof. Bill Nasson, History Department, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Maxi Schoeman, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria

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. Carl Folke, Director, Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Science
  • Prof. Edward Kirumira, STIAS Director
  • Prof. Hendrik Geyer,  STIAS Coordinator: Special projects
  • 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. 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, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University

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

Personnel

  • Prof. Edward Kirumira (Director)
  • Ms Karin Brown (Assistant)
  • Ms Elize du Plessis (Financial officer; part-time)
  • Ms Michelle Galloway (Media officer; part-time)
  • Prof. Hendrik Geyer (Coordinator: Special projects)
  • Prof. Johann Groenewald (Coordinator: Strategic initiatives; part-time)
  • Mr Leonard Katsokore (Senior Assistant)
  • Ms Nel-Mari Loock (Programme administrator; IT support and office arrangement)
  • Ms Grace Mandah (Assistant)
  • Ms Maria Mouton (Coordinator of general logistics and PA to the STIAS Director)
  • Ms Noloyiso Mtembu (Coordinator: Iso Lomso Fellowship programme)
  • 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 (Assistant)
  • Ms Goldie van Heerden (Owner patron of Catering Unlimited)