Dr Thokozani Simelane, Interim Research Director.

Dr Simelane holds a PhD from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2005) and is finalising his second Doctorate on Industrial Engineering through the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He has been recently listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2011–2012. He is a member of South Africa’s standing advisory committee on Intellectual Property Rights where he serves as member of the Patents sub-committee. His research interests are in complex system analysis; biodiversity and environmental management; science and technology; industrial engineering, intellectual property development and management; renewable energy and standardisation.

Dr Sehlare Makgetlaneng, Chief Research Specialist and Head: Governance and Security Programme.

Dr Makgetlaneng holds PhD in Political Science (with African Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy and International Relations as sub-fields) from Atlanta University, USA. He is a member of national and international expert formations which include International Expert Group of the Russian Centre for Policy Studies, Moscow. His research interests are African socio-political and economic transformation, African and Southern African integration, the role of political governance in Africa’s development and security, the centrality of Africa in South Africa’s international relations and cooperation, the US Africa policy, relationship between internal and external factors in African politics,  and key socio-political and economic issues in international affairs and how they affect South Africa, Southern Africa and Africa.

Dr Sylvester Bongani Maphosa, Chief Research Specialist: Governance and Security programme.

Dr Maphosa holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2009); an MA in Peace and Governance from Africa University, Zimbabwe (2005); a BEd Degree in Environmental Sciences from Solusi University, Zimbabwe (2002); and a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe, (1993). He has attended several courses in education in conflict modelling and mediation plus extensive experience in mixed-methods participatory action research (PAR) in fragile contexts. Dr Maphosa has interests in peace building and human security; conflict resolution and conflict prevention; peace, conflict and development; and, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of peace building models
and practice in fragile contexts.

Ms Yazini April, Research Specialist: Governance and Security programme.

Ms April holds Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, USA (1996), and a Juris Doctorate of Law Degree from the John Marshall School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2001). Her research interests lie in industrialisation and infrastructural development in South Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC); and the African Union (AU).

Mr Nicasius Check, Research Specialist: Governance and Security programme.

Mr Check is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a BA from the University of Buea, Cameroon and an MA in History from the University of South Africa (UNISA). His areas of interest are environmental insecurity; trans-border natural resource management; transitional justice; security architecture of regional economic communities (RECs); and conflict management and resolution.

Mr Shingirirai Mutanga, Research Specialist: Science and Technology Programme.

Mr Mutanga holds an MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth observation for environmental modelling and management, from a consortium of four universities namely Southampton (UK), Lund (Sweden), Warsaw Poland and ITC (Netherlands); and a Hons in Geography and Environmental Science from Midlands University, Zimbabwe. His research interests are in ecosystems transformation; complex social-ecological systems; land use; land cover; mapping; natural resources management; web GIS and database management.      






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