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​Meet the T​​eam​


Prof Sarah Howie

Director: Africa Centre for Scholarship

​Tel: +27 21 808 9032

Sarah Howie is the Director at the Africa Centre for Scholarship and has an appointment as Professor in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education. 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 was the Deputy-Chair of the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority (2015-2020) and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2006. 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 and she has won awards for her research leadership and supervision.


Ms Amalsha Galhenage

Acting Programme Manager: African Doctoral Academy

Tel: +27 21 808 9057 ​

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.


Mr Brian Mandigora

Intern: African Doctoral Academy

Tel: +27 21 808 9516​

Brian Mandigora started as the ADA Intern in April 2021. He 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.


Mr Brent Abrahams

Coordinator: Emerging Scholars' Initiative

Tel:  +27 21 808 9516

Brent Abrahams is the coordinator for the Emerging Scholars' Initiative at Stellenbosch University. He has a keen interest in research methodology, data analysis and cross-disciplinary research. He is currently completing his PhD in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University. His work draws on insights from Social-Ecological Systems research, Social Network Analysis and Science Studies - to explore the relationship between research and the management of biological invasions.​


Ms Lorene Mayoma

Senior Blended Learning Coordinator and Designer

Tel:  +27 21 808  9057

Lorene Mayoma is currently a PhD student at the University of Liverpool's English Department. Her PhD thesis explores the use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) as a tool for informal, peer language learning among African students in the diaspora. As the Senior Blended Learning Coordinator and Designer, Lorene works on the ACS's online programmes in both the African Doctoral Academy and Emerging Scholars Initiative. Her primary functions include the design, development and monitoring of online modules on Moodle in order to provide technical, design and pedagogical support to presenters, delegates and the support team. This enables them to fully access and utilise the SunOnline and Teams platforms to achieve the objectives of the courses in the various programmes.​​

Ms Mia Engelbrecht

Administrative Officer: Unit for International Credentialing

Tel:  +27 21 808 9002​​​​​​

Mia Engelbrecht is the administrative officer of the Stellenbosch University Unit for International Credentialing (SU-UIC), a unit within the ACS. She is responsible amongst others for the coordination and development of structures and processes of the SU-UIC. Mia has a BCom honours degree in Human Resource Management from Stellenbosch University. She has been working at SU International since 2017 where she started within the Global Education Centre before moving to the SU-UIC in 2020.​​

Ms Mandy Adamson

Tel:  +27 21 808 4460​​​​​​

Mandy assists the office of the Director in terms of logistics, planning and communication.