Joseph Upile Matola

Joseph Upile Matola is an associate economist who works in the Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA. His work with SAIIA has focused on a various economic policy-related issues including Africa’s green recovery from the COVID-19 shock, industrial policy and trade in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and an analysis of economic […]

Lauren Johnston

Dr Lauren Johnston holds a PhD in Economics from Peking University. She has expertise in and is widely published on the economics and political economy of China-Africa relations, the Belt and Road Initiative and how population ageing impacts China’s economy. Dr Johnston is concurrently an Associate Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. […]

Litha Mzinyati

Litha Mzinyati graduated from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Relations. During his time at UWC, he was a member of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UWC chapter). He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in International […]

Kendra Connock

Kendra Connock graduated from the University of Pretoria, where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Criminology and an Honours Degree in International Relations. Her research focused on the risks facing Small Island Developing States in the Indian Ocean region. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in International Relations at the University […]

Jordan Mc Lean

Jordan Mc Lean holds an Honours Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, where her research focused on the relation between SADC pension policy and the establishment of social pensions in the Kingdom of Lesotho and Eswatini. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Politics and Philosophy. While […]

Danielle Marais

Danielle Marais is a student at Stellenbosch University pursuing her Masters in Political Science by thesis. She holds an Honours Degree in International Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, where she researched the relationship between state sovereignty and global crises. Her other research interests are environmental crime, specifically wildlife and marine life poaching, resource governance, […]

Letitia Jentel

Letitia holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Stellenbosch. In addition, she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and is currently a Masters candidate in Futures Studies. Prior to joining SAIIA, she worked in the energy […]

Laura Rubidge

Laura Rubidge graduated from the University of Pretoria, where she obtained her Bachelor of Political Science majoring in International Relations and French, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Relations. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand. Her research interests include governance on the […]

Simone Phoré

Simone Phoré is a climate change researcher in the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at SAIIA. She holds a Masters in Marine Spatial Planning, coordinated through the Erasmus Mundus Consortium. Three high-rated European universities participate: Università IUAV di Venezia (Italy), the University of Seville (Spain) and the University of Açores (Portugal). Her research centres on […]

Hannah Sack

Hannah Sack is a climate change researcher in the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at SAIIA. She holds a Masters in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as well as an Honours Degree in Economics from Stellenbosch University. Before joining SAIIA in 2022, Hannah worked as a Project Coordinator at OneWorld […]