HSF Staff

Karel | Feb 26, 2018

Francis Antonie

Director

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.

francis@hsf.org.za


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.

rob@hsf.org.za


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.

roshan@hsf.org.za


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@hsf.org.za


Agathe Fonkam

Intern

Agathe holds a Bcom Degree (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from St Augustine College Of South Africa, majored in Economics and Political sciences. She also holds an  Honours degree in Economics at the University of Johannesburg. Her areas of interest are socio-economic development and health economics.

agathe@hsf.org.za


Charles Collocott

Researcher

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.

charles.c@hsf.org.za


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.

kimera@hsf.org.za


Rafael Friedman

Researcher

Rafael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and International Relations as well as an Honours degree in International Relations. Both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His final dissertation focussed on trade protection in the steel industry and his main interests are economic development and global governance.

rafael@hsf.org.za


Anton van Dalsen

Counsellor

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.

anton@hsf.org.za


Mira Menell Briel

Legal Researcher

Mira holds a  bachelor of social science and a LLB from the University of Cape Town. Her areas of interest include the promotion of active citizenship and, administrative law.

mira@hsf.org.za


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.

cherese@hsf.org.za


Jade Weiner

Legal Researcher

Jade is a qualified attorney, notary and mediator. After graduating with distinction from the University of Witwatersrand she completed her articles of clerkship at ENS Africa attorneys. Thereafter she left the corporate sector to pursue matters of humanitarian concern, working for organisations that pursue social upliftment. Jade is very involved in community non-profit and aid organisations and spends her free time volunteering in social justice projects. She served as law clerk to Chief Justice Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of South Africa where she was inspired by the law's potential to educate, reform and unite.

jade@hsf.org.za


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.

michelle@hsf.org.za