In keeping with its focus on the broadest possible dissemination of its list rather than on sales or profitability, African Minds is a not-for-profit organisation (NPO no. 116-161) registered in South Africa. Its legal status is that of a trust (Trust no. IT2864/2012). Trustees were elected based on their abiding belief in the values of the organisation, particularly open access to knowledge about and from the African continent. Additional members of the board bring a wealth of experience related to scholarly publishing and research in Africa and internationally.
Members of the Board
Patrício Langa is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Western Cape, and adviser to Eduardo Mondlane University Rector on strategic planning. He is an experienced researcher, founder and director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CESD) in Maputo, executive director of the HE Quality Council of Mozambique (CNAQ), and the current president of the Mozambican Sociological Association (AMS). Patrício has a BA(Hons) from Eduardo Mondlane University and a PhD in Sociology and Education from the University of Cape Town. Patrício is the chairperson of the African Minds Trust Board.
Thierry Luescher has over ten years of experience as research project manager and researcher in the field of higher education studies and institutional research. Thierry has a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town. He was a post-doc in Higher Education Studies at the University of the Western Cape before being appointed as a senior lecturer in Higher Education Studies and extraordinary senior lecturer in Political Studies. He was assistant director for Institutional Research at the University of the Free State before joining the Human Sciences Research Council where currently holds the post of research director in the Education and Skills Development Programme. Thierry is a publishing projects manager and researcher at African Minds.
Raga Makawi is an editor at the African Arguments blog and book series. She is also the assistant book reviews editor and the social media editor at Africa, the journal of the International African Institute, and is an affiliate at the African Review of the Political Economy (ROAPE). She previously worked as a commissioning editor at Zed Books.
François van Schalkwyk is an experienced researcher and consultant in the fields of higher education studies, critical data studies and scholarly communication. He has a BA(Hons) from the University of Cape Town, an MPhil in Publishing Studies from Stirling University (UK), and an MEd from the University of the Western Cape. François obtained his doctoral degree from Stellenbosch University in the field of science and technology studies. He is the co-editor of the African Higher Education Dynamics series, a member of the OASPA working group on open access books, and on the editorial board of the journal Learned Publishing. François is the editor and publishing manager at African Minds.
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