​Prof Sarah Howie​

Director: Africa Centre for Scholarship

Sarah Howie is the Director at the Africa Centre for Scholarship, She has considerable international research experience including serving as national coordinator of a number of international studies in education and serving on international committees to design and implement international education research. She studied at Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Witwatersrand (Masters) and her PhD at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her field of expertise lies in large-scale international education assessment research as well as research methodology.

She has supervised to completion about 40 postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral levels with most being doctoral students. She has led almost 80 research projects with several being multi-disciplinary, large-scale and international projects. Amongst others, she is the Deputy-Chair of the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and serves on a number of national and international editorial boards including the Oxford Review of Education. Amongst a number of awards, her doctoral work on the TIMSS 1999 won the National Science and Technology Forum’s prestigious prize for Most Innovative Research 2003.

Email: sarahhowie@sun.ac.za

Tel: +27 21 808 9032


Ms Amalsha Galhenage

Acting Programme Manager: African Doctoral Academy

Amalsha Galhenage is currently responsible for managing the ADA and compiling the programme presented at the Doctoral Schools. Previously she was the Programme Coordinator for the ADA since 2019 where she coordinated the ADA Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring schools both on a face-to-face basis as well as, more recently, online. She strives to ensure that delegates' journeys at the ADA, logistically and administratively, are smooth and efficient to optimise the learning experience. She holds a postgraduate degree in Biochemistry and has worked at the SUI office since 2016 and at the ACS since 2017.

Email: adaschool@sun.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 808 9057​

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Mr Brian Mandigora

Intern: African D​​octoral Academy

Brian Mandigora is currently working on his PhD in the Department of Forestry and Wood Science. His research seeks to develop climate-sensitive empirical models that characterise growth and product quality in South African Eucalyptus plantation forests. Brian is interested in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research, as well as research collaborations. He started as the ADA Intern in April 2021. ​ 

Email: adainfo@sun.ac.za

Tel: +27 21 808 9516