Programme Coordinator

IMG_3194Willem Fourie, Associate Professor in Social Ethics at the University of Pretoria and Development Advisor to the African Union’s NEPAD Agency, coordinates this initiative. He is a member of the Africa Working Group on Development Effectiveness, and was a member of the AU-NEPAD delegation at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in 2016. He was also responsible for the initial work in establishing a Master’s Degree in Development Practice at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice. Willem is an ethicist trained in the field of theology, and he engages in multidisciplinary research, focusing on the social requirements of sustainable and  inclusive development. It covers a range of disciplines, including ethicstheologydevelopment studies and leadership studies.

He can be contacted by email at


Advisors to the South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub provide strategic input, particularly with regard to its usability and relevance. The following representatives from the South African government, development partners, academia and multilateral organisations act as advisors:

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Osten Chulu, Senior Economist: UNDP South Africa


Harsha Dayal, Director of Research: Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Presidency of South Africa


Derick de Jongh, Associate Professor and Director: Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, University of Pretoria


Theresa Herscowitz, Regional Organisational Learning Advisor: USAID Southern Africa


Leti Kleyn, Manager: Open Scholarship, Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria

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Fatou Leigh, Senior Economist: UNDP South Africa


Florence Nazare, Head: Capacity Development, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

Logo_Embassy_of_the_Federal_Republic_of_Germany_PretoriaVolker Oel, Head of Cooperation: German Embassy, Pretoria

Bernard Slippers, Professor of Genetics and Interim Director: Future Africa, University of Pretoria