Research Fellows

The HSF has an extensive network of Research Fellows which it relies on for expertise and technical assistance. Research Fellows include political scientists, economists and healthcare professionals. The network of Research Fellows, while being predominantly South African, also extends to professionals in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

Alex Amtaika

Alex Amtaika is a senior lecturer of politics at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He obtained his PhD from Wits University. His field of interest lies in local government, and African politics.


Jesmond Blumenfeld

Jesmond Blumenfeld, formerly of Brunel University, United Kingdom, and St Peter’s College, Oxford University, is a senior consultant for Oxford Analytica.


Laurence Boulle

Laurence Boulle has degrees in Arts and Law. He completed his PhD in 1982, is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and is an accredited mediator in Australia. He has practiced law, been a law teacher for many years, and has worked as a mediator since 1990. He chaired the advisory council to the Australian government on dispute resolution policy and practice. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2008. Laurence has published extensively in several areas, including constitutional law, mediation and dispute resolution. Laurence has worked as an academic at several Universities. He is currently Director of the Mandela Institute and Issy Wolfson Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Claudia Braude

Claudia B Braude is an independent scholar. She has brought engagement with race,  memory and identity in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa to bear on a wide range of topics. Unafraid to address complex issues (including race and the media for the South African Human Rights Commission, and Jewish culture and historiography), her writing has not always been uncontroversial. Currently bringing her substantial work on South African processes of history-telling, truth, reconciliation and justice into comparative perspective, she is considering the psycho-social impact of mass historical trauma and political crimes  on the development of human rights cultures.


Francis Davis

Francis Davis is former Policy Advisor to the UK Labour Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and more recently has also advised Minsiters and Cabinet Ministers in the Coalition Government in Westminster. Working, consulting and writing with think tanks such as the Young Foundation, the Centre For Public Scrutiny and the New Local Government Network, he also runs training programmes on new models for local social innovation especially among local politicians.  Born in Zambia, Francis is a regular contributor to the BBC. He is the Helen Suzman Foundation's link with the Oxford University Centre for Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise where he is an Associate and currently editing a special edition of the Routledge journal Public Money And Management.


Raphael de Kadt

Raphael de Kadt is Professor of Political Sciences at St Augustine College, Johannesburg. His interests lie in political theory and its implications for policy development and modernisation studies.


Arvitha Doodnath

Arvitha is an admitted attorney, who holds an LLB (Law) and LLM (Medical) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College).She is currently doing her PhD in Law. She is particularly concerned with exploring the interface between Law and the provision of Health Services within the framework provided by the Constitution.

Graham Dominy

Graham Dominy is a former Archivist of South Africa who retired in March 2014 after winning a protracted labour dispute with Minister and Department of Arts and Culture. He has worked in and managed a variety of, archival, cultural and heritage institutions since the 1970s. He has studied extensively in South Africa and internationally: obtaining his graduate and professional qualifications in South Africa (University of Natal and Pretoria), his MA in Ireland (University College Cork) and his PhD in the United Kingdom (at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London).


Anthony Egan

Anthony Egan is a member of the Society of Jesus. He has an MA in History (UCT) and PhD in Political Studies (WITS). He has pursued studies in Philosophy and Theology at the University of London and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He has lectured at Wits (Political Studies), St Augustine College of South Africa (Applied Ethics), and St John Vianny Seminary, Pretoria (Moral Theology). His current interests include: political leadership, South African politics, moral theology and bioethics.


Johannes Fedderke

Johannes Fedderke is a Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently the Director of Economic Research Southern Africa. He holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy and a position in the Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests centre on the determinants of economic growth, with special interest in the role of institutions in long run economic development. His published work includes empirical and theoretical contributions, and has provided cross-country, panel and country specific time series evidence on the interaction of growth and institutions. He has contributed various policy research reports to the South African National Treasury and Departments of Trade & Industry, Arts, Science & Technology, the World Bank, and the South African Parliament. Currently he is the Managing Editor of the South African Journal of Economics, is serving as a board member of the National Research Foundation, is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is a past president of the African Econometrics Society.


Antoinette Handley

Antoinette Handley is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of Natal University. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and subsequently a Fullbright Fellow at Princeton.


Stan Kahn

Stan Kahn taught Sociology at UCT and Wits, and between the two did research at the University of Natal.  From the mid 1980’s through to the early ‘90’s he was the Executive Director of the Funda Centre in Soweto, after which he established a Consultancy, working predominantly with NGOs and foreign donors in the Public sector, especially in the Health field.


John Luiz

John Luiz is a professor at the UCT business School, specialising in economics, international business, the business environment, and business, society, and government.


Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser is a political analyst, author, broadcaster, lecturer and debate & public speaking coach. His latest book is entitled 'Could I Vote DA? A Voter's Dilemma'. His previous book 'A Bantu in My Bathroom' was a bestseller within ten days of its release. His columns appear locally and he has been published abroad including in the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly. Eusebius hosts 'Power Talk with Eusebius Mckaiser' on Power 98.7.  Eusebius has lectured in philosophy both in South Africa and in England. He has a master’s degree in moral philosophy. He also coaches debate and public speaking, having previously won the World Masters Debate Championship.


Kameel Premhid

Kameel Premhid holds a BA and LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and completed an MSc in Education (Higher Education) at the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Kameel will commence a career at the Johannesburg Bar Association of Advocates in January 2016.


Harry Rajak

Harry Rajak took a BA degree in Classics and an LLB degree at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a Master’s degree in law at London University. He has practised law both in South Africa and England and was the Dean of the University of Sussex Law School between 1997 and 2003.


Amanda Reichman

Amanda Reichman was at the Johannesburg Bar for 10 years. She acted as Special Advisor to Council at the Independent Broadcasting Authority, later ICASA, and served on the Independent Electoral Commission in the country’s first democratic elections in ‘94. She then moved to Arusha, Tanzania to be Legal Advisor and then Appeals Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2001 - 2009.


Alex van den Heever

Professor Alex van den Heever has been appointed to the Old Mutual Chair of Social Security Systems Administration and Management as an Adjunct Professor as of 1 January 2011. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from UCT and has spent over twenty years working in health economics and financing, public policy, and social security. This includes participating in the Melamet Commission of Inquiry into Medical Schemes; The Taylor Committee of Inquiry into Comprehensive Social Security; establishing and advising the Council for Medical Schemes; and advice and support to the various processes supporting the implementation of the Taylor Committee of Inquiry recommendations.


Matthew Kruger

Matthew Kruger is currently doing his PhD at Kings College. He served articles at Webber Wentzel and then worked there as an Associate. He then was a research clerk at the Constitutional Court and then joined the Helen Suzman Foundation as a legal researcher.