African Doctoral Academy
Welkom by Universiteit Stellenbosch


​Prof Sarah Howie

Director: Africa Centre for Scholarship

Prof Sarah Howie is the Director at the Africa Centre for Scholarship, formerly of the University of Pretoria where she was the Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment and Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and T​echnology Education in the Faculty of Education. She is the National Research Coordinator for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 and amongst others is the Deputy-Chair of the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.​

Ms Corina du Toit

Programme Manager: African Doctoral Academy

Corina is responsible for managing the ADA and compiling the programme presented at the yearly Summer and Winter Schools, and takes great care in finding experts in their field to take part in the Schools. Her responsibilities extend also to Joint Doctoral School presented to date in Uganda, Malawi and Namibia, providing a presence across Africa. She dedicates a great deal of energy to sourcing and selecting partners and empowerment programmes to integrate into the ADA, examples of which are the African Woman in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) programme and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) programme, as well as serving as a co-director for the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) through the South African National Research Foundation.

Corina holds a Master's degree in Viticulture and made wine for some years before joining her alma-mater Stellenbosch University in Capacity Development Programmes for Postgraduates. She is currently enrolled in a Business Management and Administration course at the Stellenbosch University Business School - the only institution in Africa to be triple accredited for a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). Corina has no spare time.

Tel: +27 21 808 9057

​Diane Gahiza

Doctoral School Coordinator: African Doctoral Academy

Diane joined the ADA in July 2017 from the University of the Western Cape where she started her career path after graduating with a degree in Public Administration She is responsible for coordinating the yearly Summer and Winter Schools and other ADA matters to help strengthen the ADA and University of Stellenbosch’s interactions with various people from the African continent and beyond. She is passionate about working with people and the diversity her job brings. Diane hails from the beautiful “Land of a thousand hills,” growing up in Umtata in the Eastern Cape and is fluent in English, Xhosa and Zulu and is currently learning Afrikaans. In her spare time she enjoys reading and occasional visits to the beautiful Cape Winelands.

Tel:+27 21 808 9057

Mr Gert van Deventer

Intern: African Doctoral Academy

Gert is responsible for giving support in coordinating the ADA’s Doctoral Schools and for handling enquiries and logistics relating to the ADA. His keen interest in intellectual property law led him to pursue doctoral studies in this field, focusing specifically on trade mark bullying. Besides working on his doctorate, Gert enjoys reading legal thrillers and is an avid trail runner.

Tel: +27 21 808 9516

Mr Ruan Viljoen

Intern: African Dotoral Academy

​Ruan is responsible for providing general technical support to the ADA. He is also responsible for administrating the ADA website and provides support for the SASAC programme. Currently Ruan is in his second year of PhD studies in the field of spectroscopy at Stellenbosch University. In his spare time, Ruan enjoys doing as little as possible.​​

Tel: +27 21 808 9516