Commerce: Prof Ingrid Woolard
Engineering & the Built Environment: Prof Alison Lewis
Health Sciences: Prof Bongani Mayosi
Humanities: Assoc Prof Harry Garuba
Law: Prof Penelope Andrews
Science: Prof Anton le Roex
Director, Graduate School of Business: Assoc Prof Mills Soko
Centre for Higher Education Development: Assoc Prof Suellen Shay
Professor Ingrid Woolard became Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town on 1 March 2016.
Professor Woolard is a top-cited economics researcher and the country’s foremost producer of survey data. She is a research associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Bonn.
Her work focuses on labour markets, social protection, tax policy and the measurement of poverty and inequality. She is a graduate of the University of Natal, Durban (BSc in mathematical statistics and economics, 1992); UNISA (BA(Hons) in economics, 1995); and UCT (PhD in economics, 2002).
Professor Woolard cut her teeth on the country’s first national living standards measurement survey in 1994, which SALDRU produced with the World Bank at the request of the ANC.
She was also a key team member in the second and third waves of the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study. This used the KZN component of the 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development and then re-interviewed this sample in 1998 and again in 2004. It was South Africa’s first socio-economic panel survey and it pioneered the analysis of poverty and inequality dynamics in South Africa.
She was principal investigator for SALDRU’s bid for the National Income Dynamics Study – the country’s flagship national household panel survey – which was launched in 2008 and is currently in its fifth wave. It is South Africa’s highest-profile national survey with the unique potential to reflect the country’s evolving socio-economic dynamics.
Her contributions have been internationally recognised. She was the only South African labour economist to become a member of the labour market team within the Harvard Group that Treasury asked to prepare a South African growth strategy.
In 2011 the minister of labour appointed her to chair the Employment Conditions Commission on which she had served since 2008. This commission makes sectoral wage determinations for vulnerable workers not covered by formal wage bargaining procedures. Since 2013 she has served on the Davis Tax Committee, which advises the minister of finance on tax reform.
Among her publications are 20 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and a book, Fighting Poverty: Labour markets and inequality in South Africa, co-written with colleagues Professor Haroon Bhorat and Professor Murray Leibbrandt.
In 2015 Professor Woolard received the Alan Pifer Award, the Vice-Chancellor’s highest honour for welfare-related research.
She has served on a number of university committees and bodies, including the Academic Union Executive and the University Social Responsiveness Committee.
Professor Alison Lewis will take up her position as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment on 1 June 2015.
Professor Lewis has been head of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2013, and a professor of chemical engineering since 2007. She has moved up the department's ranks since July 1996, when she was appointed a senior lecturer. Prior to this, Professor Lewis was a post-doctoral fellow in the Water Research Group in UCT's Civil Engineering Department.
Professor Lewis is founder and director of the Crystallisation and Precipitation Research Unit. She has raised R52 million in funding for the unit since 2001, supervised 37 master's and PhD students to graduation, published more than 120 international journal and conference papers and has established an international research reputation. She received the National Research Foundation President's 'Champion of Transformation in Research' Award in 2012 for her active involvement in training, fostering and mentoring black and female students.
Amongst other achievements, Professor Lewis won the 2012 Distinguished Woman Scientist award from the Ministry of Science and Technology for her outstanding contribution to building South Africa's scientific and research knowledge base.
Professor Lewis has also been the university orator for the past five years and has done sterling work in preparing and delivering citations for recipients of honorary degrees, ranging from actor Antony Sher, artist William Kentridge and former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, to esteemed specialist in infectious diseases, Salim Abdool Karim.
Professor Lewis took a year's break during her undergraduate studies, and was the education officer for the 1984/85 UCT Students Representative Council. She graduated from UCT with a BSc (ChemEng) in 1985 and an MSc (Chem Eng) in 1987.
After working as a process engineer for South African Nylon Spinners, Professor Lewis studied towards her PhD (Civil Eng) at UCT, graduating in 1993. During this time she was the Editor of Upfront, the journal of the Cape Democrats, a United Democratic Front affiliate.
Professor Lewis is a professional engineer, registered by the Engineering Council of South Africa. She is also a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers, the South African Academy of Engineering, the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and UCT's College of Fellows. Professor Lewis is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Professor Mayosi took up the post as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town on 1 September 2016, after being head of the Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT since 2006.
Professor Mayosi’s work focuses on heart diseases particularly prevalent in developing countries. He led a groundbreaking series of multinational research studies into the management of pericarditis, including an African trial of the use of steroids in treating tuberculous (TB) pericarditis. More recently, Professor Mayosi led the first large-scale, multinational study of rheumatic heart disease in the world (first phase).
Professor Mayosi earned his BMedSci (with distinction) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1986, followed by his MBChB (with distinction) in 1989. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the College of Physicians of SA in 1995. He earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2003. He joined UCT in 1992 as Senior House Officer in the Department of Medicine.
Associate Professor Harry Garuba is the acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Cape Town. He joined UCT in 2001 from the University of Zululand and prior to that, taught at the University of Ibadan. He currently teaches in the African Studies Section of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (AXL) and has a joint appointment with the Department of English.
Previous leadership positions include: Director and Head of Department of the Centre for African Studies at UCT (2009-2011), acting Director of AXL as well as acting Deputy Dean of Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Humanities. He has held research fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University and more recently at Emory University.
Garuba is a well-respected scholar of African and Postcolonial literary studies and has published widely in these fields with four co-edited books, one edited anthology of poetry, one solely authored volume of poetry, well over forty journal articles and book chapters, and numerous review essays and encyclopaedia entries. Some of his scholarly work – notably the essay Explorations in Animist Materialism – have been translated into French, German and Portuguese. He has been involved in several collaborative projects that have brought scholars and students together from across Africa and the Americas and played a leading role in the Trilateral Reconnections Project between UCT, the University of the West Indies, and Brown University. He is regularly invited to give keynote addresses at major conferences, most recently at the Canadian African Studies Association Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and a public lecture on Phases of African Intellectual Thought: Race, Slavery, Colonialism and After at the Rio Museum of Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Professor Andrews is a noted human rights scholar and activist and admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.
Prior to joining UCT, she was president and professor of law at Albany Law School in New York, USA, having formerly served as the first female president and dean for the school which was founded in 1851.
She was previously the associate dean for academic affairs at the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY), where she also sat on the Senate. Prior to joining CUNY, she was a professor of law and director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School in Indiana, USA.
Professor Andrews earned her BA in 1980 (majoring in economic history; comparative African government and administration) and her LLB in 1982 from the then University of Natal in Durban. In 1984 she received an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in New York.
She began her teaching career at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and since then has been tenured at four law schools in Australia and the USA. She has served on significant law school committees and the boards of public interest legal organisations as well as on business councils.
A member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, she has participated in and has chaired several accreditation site teams for the American Bar Association's section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Fund for Women, and the Victorian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in Australia.
She has received many awards and honours for her work. In 2015 she received the National Bar Association’s International Award for her global human rights advocacy. In 2015 she was included in the USA’s Lawyers of Colour’s fourth annual power list issue, marking her fourth consecutive year on the compendium of “the nation’s most influential minority attorneys”.
She has published four books and over 50 articles that focus on international human rights law, comparative constitutional law, gender and racial equality, and the judiciary. Her most recent book, From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights, was published by Ashgate in 2012.
Professor le Roex was appointed as dean of the science faculty on 1 January 2011.
In addition to posts at UCT, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Hawaii and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, US.
Although Le Roex grew up in Pietermaritzburg, he travelled south to earn his BSc cum laude (geology, geochemistry) from the University of Stellenbosch (1975), his BSc Hons, first-class (geochemistry), at UCT in 1976 and his PhD (geochemistry) at UCT in 1980.
In addition to his teaching and research duties at UCT, Le Roex held numerous administrative posts. He headed the Department of Geological Sciences from 1991 to 2005. He has been a member of the Senate since 1991, and was a student advisor in the Faculty of Science from 1986 to 2002. Since 1998 he has served on 17 UCT and science faculty standing committees and he remains active on at least 10, two of which he chairs and on two others he is the deputy chair.
Le Roex is or has been active on the following scientific committees and working groups: the South African Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SASCAR - Earth Sciences Committee; the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa; the NRF Open Research Programme Earth Science Evaluation Committee (1998 to 2001; Convenor 1999 to 2001); the NRF National Isotope Working Group; the Southwest Indian Ridge Working Group of the International InterRIDGE Programme; the NRF Proposal Funding Committee (2001 to 2004); and the editorial boards of the Journal of African Earth Sciences and the Open Mineralogy Journal.
He is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa, the American Geophysical Union, the Electron Microscopy Society of South Africa, the Mineralogical Society of South Africa, the Royal Society of South Africa and the Geochemical Society.
In addition, Le Roex has authored or co-authored 86 articles in peer-reviewed journals; two chapters in books; 23 extended abstracts and 95 abstracts. His collaborations with other academic institutions and colleagues extend to the US, France, Germany, England, Botswana and Kenya.
Professor Mills Soko was appointed as Director of UCT’s Graduate Schools of Business (GSB) on 1 January 2017.
Professor Soko earned his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1992. Soon thereafter he worked for a year as a research assistant with UCT’s Equal Opportunities Research Project. From 1994 to 1995 he was employed by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa as a researcher on parliamentary affairs, monitoring and preparing reports on the work of parliamentary committees in South Africa’s first democratic national legislature.
In 1996, he joined the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) - the upper house of the South African Parliament – as a researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Public Enterprises. During this period he completed a Master’s degree in International Studies through the University of Stellenbosch. This was followed by his appointment as Head of Policy and Legislative Research in the NCOP, where he oversaw and coordinated the work of committee researchers.
Subsequently he resumed his academic studies and obtained a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. In 2004, he completed a doctoral thesis on the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa at the same university.
Apart from being Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, he is the Founding Director of Mthente Research and Consulting Services. He is deputy chairperson of the editorial board of New Agenda, a member of the editorial board of AfricaGrowth Agenda, and a research associate of both the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Global Dialogue. He chairs the board of trustees of Inyathelo (The South African Institute of Advancement), and is a member of the Evian Group’s Brains Trust and the Evian Group’s Council of Global Thought Leaders. He is also a member of the Africa Business Network.
He previously chaired a working group on education and employment under the auspices of the Africa-Germany Partnership, an initiative of the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler. He was a member of the panel of judges for the Africa SME Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009. And he was a member of the Warwick Commission on The Future of the Multilateral Trading System.
Associate Professor Suellen Shay was appointed Dean in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) on 1 September 2013.
She completed her Masters degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1987, and her Doctorate in Education at the University of Cape Town in 2003.
In 1989, Shay started her professional career in the Academic Development Programme, teaching foundation courses in Humanities. She then coordinated UCT's Writing Centre. Her work gradually shifted in the direction of academic staff and institutional development, and she served as Deputy Dean of CHED prior to becoming Dean in 2013. Since 1989, Shay's experience spans a range of development work, including language, curriculum, staff and institutional development. She has convened the PG Dip and Masters in Higher Education Studies since 2010 and taught several of its courses.
Shay's research brings the theoretical frameworks of the sociology of education to an understanding of higher education as social practice, specifically focusing on assessment and more recently, knowledge and curriculum. Since 2010 her work has focused on developing frameworks for curriculum differentiation from a knowledge point of view. This interest emerged in 2010 when she consulted on a SANTED-funded Comprehensive University research and development project. More recently she was the principle investigator for a three-year funded National Research Foundation project, Attending to Knowledge in Higher Education Curriculum. In 2014 the Department of Higher Education and Training awarded her a Teaching Development Grant for a national research and development project on the flexible curriculum.
Shay's most recent publications include: Curriculum in Higher Education: Beyond False Choices. In Thinking about Higher Education, eds. Gibbs, P & Barnett, R.; Conceptualizing curriculum differentiation in higher education: a sociology of knowledge point of view. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34,4, p. 563-582.
She is also co-editing a forthcoming book: Maton, K., Hood, S., Shay, S. (editors) Knowledge-building: Educational Studies in Legitimation Code Theory. Routledge.
Shay has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in 2002 and Harvard University in 2011, and in 2013 she won a Worldwide Universities Network Mobility Grant to visit the University of Sydney. She serves on the Executive Board of Teaching in Higher Education.
Associate Professor Mbulungeni Madiba is serving as acting dean from 1 March until 30 June 2017.