Our People

MISTRA was founded by a group of passionate South Africans with experience in research, academia, policy-making and governance.

Our Council of Advisors

Oyama Mabandla


Reuel Khoza

Abdul Minty

Jenny Cargill

Adrian Enthoven

Luli Callinicos

Mathatha Tsedu

Prof Derrick Ian Swartz

Board of Governors

Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo


Joel Khathutshelo Netshitenzhe

Vice chairperson & Executive Director

Tanya Abrahamse

Patricia Hanekom

Jean-Marie Jullienne

Mosibudi Mangena

Tshilidzi Ratshitanga

Kgabele Solomon Mapaila

Bunguza Peter Vundla

Malose Kekana

Andries Nel

Claudelle von Eck

Shireen Motala


Joel Netshitenzhe

Executive Director

Dr Yacoob Abba Omar

Director Operations

Susan Booysen

Director Research

Lorraine Pillay

Finance Manager

Gloria Britain

Company Secretary


Zamanzima Mazibuko

Senior Researcher: Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement

Machete (Eddie) Rakabe

Senior Researcher: Political Economy

Na'eem Jeenah

Senior Researcher: Humanity

Nqobile Xaba

Researcher: Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement

Laurence Caromba

Researcher: Humanity

Wandile Ngcaweni

Junior Researcher: Political Economy

Njabulo Zwane

Junior Researcher: Humanity

Sanele Simayile

Associate Researcher: Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement

Dzunisani Mathonsi

Projects Officer

Noma Moyo

Information and Communication Technology Manager

Terry Shakinovsky

Publications Coordinator

Sindiswa Gasela

Finance Officer/HR Administrator

Magati Nindi-Galenge

Resource Mobilisation Officer

Thabang Moerane

Office Administrator

Aluncedo Zikhali

Research Intern

Rose Maleke Ngwato

Office Assistant

MISTRA Fellows

The MISTRA Fellowship system has been established to bring experts in a variety of fields as researchers on specific themes or high-level partners in the content work of MISTRA. Such experts are designated as Fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute (FMI). They work with and at MISTRA as and when the need arises for a fixed duration of two years subject to renewal.