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.


Tel: +27 21 808 9032

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Dr Natalie Kowalik

Programme Manager: African D​​octoral Academy

Natalie Kowalik is the Programme Manager for the African Doctoral Academy. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences, Communication Studies from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She received a MPhil degree in Intercultural Communication from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has been involved in postgraduate development and postdoctoral fellowship programmes at various South African universities and has worked with several African partner institutions. She is also a member of the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, the Transcultural Production Studies Network, the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). 


Tel: +27 21 808 2232

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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 transdisciplinary research, as well as research collaborations. He started as the ADA Intern in April 2021.


Tel: +27 21 808 9516