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The Team

Sanusha Naidu

Sanusha Naidu


Ms Sanusha Naidu

Senior Research Fellow
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Sanusha Naidu is a foreign policy analyst. Her research interests include Democratisation in Africa; Africa’s Political Economy and Development; Africa’s relations with Emerging Powers from the South (BRICS and IBSA); South African Foreign Policy Analysis; and the role of track two diplomacy in International Relations. Ms Naidu has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. She has previously worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution based in Cape Town and managed the South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI) at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. In the past several years Ms Naidu has also managed a programme that focused on Africa’s international relations with China and Emerging Powers based at Fahamu from 2008-2010. She has an extensive publications record which includes two edited volumes on Africa-China relations: Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa, Pambazuka Press, September 2010 (co-editors: Axel Harneit-Sievers and Stephen Marks; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Africa and China,University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008 (co-editor: Kweku Ampiah). Ms Naidu is a regular media commentator national and international issues for major news agencies including Al-jazeera News, CCTV, BBC Radio, SABC, and CBS Africa. She is also a regular analyst on South Africa's domestic politics and electoral trends.

Margaret C. Lee

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Prof Margaret C. Lee

Visiting Professor
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Professor Lee is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Dialogue and UNISA. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Chapel Hill since 2006. Professor Lee has taught at Johns Hopkins. Professor Lee has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, American University, Spelman College, and Tennessee Technological University. Professor Lee has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oslo (Norway) and a Research Fellow at the Africa Institute of South Africa (Pretoria). Between 2002 and 2008, Dr. Lee was an adjunct faculty with the African Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Professor Lee has served as a consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Department of Education, and USAID. She is the author of The Political Economy of Regionalism in Southern Africa(2003) and SADCC: The Political Economy of Development in Southern Africa (1989); and co-editor of Unfinished Business: The Land Crisis in Southern Africa (2003) and The State and Democracy in Africa (1997, 1998). In addition she has published numerous journal articles, chapters in books, occasional papers, etc.

Dr. Lee has received research support from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (New York) and from 2003 to 2013 was an advisor to a Guggenheim project designed to train the next generation of African scholars. She has lectured widely, both in the United States and abroad on various topics related to her research on the political economy of Africa.

Professor Lee's most recent book is Africa's World Trade: Informal Economies and Globalization from Below.


Wayne Jumat

Wayne Jumat


Mr Wayne Jumat

Research Assistant
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Tel: +27 (0)12 337 6073

Wayne Jumat has a BA Honours degree in International Politics from University of South Africa obtained in 2013. He is currently a DST-NRF Research Intern hosted at the Institute for Global Dialogue. His core research interests are South African International relations, Foreign Policy, International Diplomacy, African Security and Cooperation, Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Kenny Dlamini

Research Officer
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Tel: +27 (0)12 337 6082

Kenny Dlamini has a BA honours degree in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University obtained in 2011. He is currently a research officer at the Institute for Global Dialogue. His core responsibilities include research and analysis of South African foreign policy and international diplomacy; research and project administration; and event coordination.

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Dr. Philani Mthembu 

Executive Director
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Tel: (012) 337 6064

Philani Mthembu is the Executive Director at Institute for Global Dialogue. Prior to joining the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa, Philani Mthembu pursued a joint doctoral programme (Dr. rer. pol.) with the Graduate School of Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and the School of International Studies at Renmin University, Beijing (China); he conducted his field research at the latter. The focus of his dissertation was on the rise of emerging powers as sources of development cooperation in Africa. The study was essentially a comparative analysis of the determinants of their development cooperation in Africa using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), for which he was awarded an overall grade of Magna Cum Laude.

During his time abroad, he co-founded the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of academic, expert, and public understanding of global politics. He is an alumnus of the Managing Global Governance Programme established by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, designed for young professionals from emerging economies. As an expert, he has actively participated in various international conferences, symposia, and workshops related to global politics. He received his MA in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he headed the Academic Development Programme for first year students and was elected as an independent candidate to the Student Representative Council.

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