Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos is the Chief Executive of SAIIA.


Work Title
Chief Executive
SAIIA Programme
Foreign Policy
Areas of Expertise

South Africa’s international relations
International development cooperation among emerging powers
Africa’s relations with emerging and traditional powers: BRICS, Europe, US

Country Focus
China, European Union, India, USA

English (fluent)
Greek (fluent)
French (Intermediate)
Afrikaans (Intermediate)


Elizabeth Sidiropoulos has been SAIIA’s Chief Executive since 2005. With more than 26 years of experience in the field of politics and international relations, Elizabeth’s expertise lies in South Africa’s foreign policy, South-South Cooperation and the role of emerging powers in Africa.

She is a regular commentator in South African and foreign media. She has published on various aspects of South Africa’s foreign policy including on its peace-making model as a key dimension of its soft power, its development diplomacy and edited a volume on SA’s foreign policy in the first decade of democracy – Apartheid Past, Renaissance Future (SAIIA, 2004). She has also co-edited two books exploring the rise of the new development cooperation providers: Development cooperation and emerging powers: New Partners or Old Patterns (Zed Books, 2012) and Institutional Architecture and Development: Responses from Emerging Powers (Jacana, 2015). She is the editor-in-chief of the DHET accredited South African Journal of International Affairs.

She is the co-chair of the Think 20 Africa Standing Group, one of the task forces of the Think 20, which is one of the engagement groups of the G20.

She is currently co-editing a volume on ‘A SA foreign policy for the 2020s’, which will be published in 2019.

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