Who Am I?

I am a leading academic in the fields of psychology, education and sociology in South Africa. In addition to my role as a qualified Professor in Psychology, I have also held the positions of University Dean of Research, Head of College of Humanities and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. In addition to my administrative roles, I have been widely published in leading academic journals and publications in the fields of psychology and sociology, dealing with a wide range of issues relevant to South African society, including matters of gender, feminism, poverty and social justice. In my role as keynote speaker, I regularly present at academic symposiums, award functions and conferences, both nationally and internationally. I have also served on local and international panels, including SANORD and UN panels, university roundtables, workshops and specialist panels. Specialties: higher education management and leadership, gender and development specialist, research and development, general management.

Committees I Have Served

I have served on numerous university committees throughout my career. These include committees at the University of Western Cape, University of Pretoria and UKZN. These include the Council of UKZN, Institutional Forum of UKZN,  UKZN foundation and committee for selection of honorary doctorates at UKZN. In addition I have served on senate, staffing committee of senate, transformation committee, various appointment committees, research committees and all the committees that one serves on by virtue of ones position in executive leadership at a university. I also served on the National DHET Committee for Research Output when I was UKZN dean of research. I have been a trustee of the UKZN Foundation and when dean of research served on research committees representing the university at the Ethekweni Municipality.  (MILE Programme).

My Work Experience

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Humanities and Professor in Psychology at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Durban Area, South Africa January 2013 – September 2017 | University Dean of Research and Professor in Psychology at the University of Kwa-Zulu NatalDurban Area, South Africa October 2008 – December 2012 | Professor in Psychology at University of Pretoria but seconded from 2004- 2007 to Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as founding director and head of gender and development division | Associate Professor/Professor in Psychology at the University of Pretoria Pretoria Area, South Africa July 2000– October 2008 | Director & Head: Gender & Development Research Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Pretoria Area, South Africa April 2004 – March  2007.