HSF Staff

Karel | Feb 26, 2018

Francis Antonie


Francis Antonie is a graduate of Wits University, Leicester and Exeter Universities. He was awarded the Helen Suzman Chevening Fellowship by the UK foreign Office in 1994. From 1996 to 2006 he was Senior Economist at Standard Bank; thereafter he was Director of the Wits School of Governance at Wits University. He is the founding Managing Director of Strauss & Co.


Rob Hewitt

General Manager

Rob Hewitt is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Helen Suzman Foundation after retirement having held senior Financial Management positions in the Barlows Group, Foster Wheeler and Independent Newspapers.


Roshan Arnold

Office Administrator

Roshan Arnold has worked at various educational institutions in Administration roles. For the past 11 and a half years she was the Personnel Administrator at the Wits School of Governance at Wits University.


Dr Charles Simkins

Senior Researcher

Charles Simkins is a distinguished Economist. He was Vice President and Professor of Economics at St Augustine College and formerly held the Helen Suzman Chair of Political Economy at Wits University. He is a former Rhodes Scholar and is a recipient of the Helen Suzman Chevening Fellowship, a UK Foreign Office award.


Charles Collocott


Charles has a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. He also passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams while working in the financial markets as stockbroker and researcher from 2006 to 2016. His particular area of interest is economic development.


Kimera Chetty

Legal Researcher

Kimera holds an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a post-graduate diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg.  She completed her articles of clerkship at a corporate and commercial litigation firm in Durban, before joining the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements in the Contracts and Land Legal Administration directorate.


Anton van Dalsen


Anton van Dalsen has extensive experience in the funding of the resources sector in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, including 20 years at Investec Bank in this field.  After graduating with a BA (University of Pretoria) and a LLB (University of Stellenbosch), his initial work experience was in law and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Cherese Thakur

Legal Researcher

Cherese Thakur obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and thereafter completed a Master of Laws degree from the same institution, specialising in Constitutional Litigation. She thereafter achieved a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford (Mansfield College). Her research experience includes serving as law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wallis, the late Justice Thembile Skweyiya, and Justice Cameron. She is an admitted attorney and practised commercial law before joining the Foundation. Her area of research interest is electoral reform.


Michelle Toxopeüs

Legal Researcher

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Psychology as well as an LLB from the University of the North-West. She also holds an LLM in Environmental Law, where her focus was the promotion of environmental justice through civil-based instruments in South Africa, also from the University of the North-West. She clerked for former Deputy-Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and worked for the Nelson Mandela Foundation on the National Education Crisis Forum.


PJ Hamilton

Legal Researcher

PJ holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria. After concluding his studies, he completed his pupillage with the Pretoria Bar and served as a member of same before joining the Foundation. He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, with interests in constitutional and criminal law. 


Lee-Anne Germanos

Legal Researcher

Lee-Anne has a BCom Law degree (majoring in Economics and International Relations) and an LLB Law degree from the University of Pretoria. She was also a Sasol bursary holder. Lee-Anne is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a former commercial dispute resolution associate at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENSafrica). She has also completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and is a Commonwealth scholar.


Tove Van Lennep


Tove graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Honours in International Relations. She then travelled to Leiden University in the Netherlands to complete her Masters in International Relations, specialising in Global Order. Her areas of interest include Global Southern politics, cooperation and development and human rights and refugee protection.


Dr Lucky Nhlanhla Mnisi


Nhlanhla is a passionate water resources manager and aquatic scientist. He holds a PhD from Wits University and is a member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (MWISA). He was recently elected an Atlantic Fellow for 2019/2020.