Welcome to Stellenbosch University


Associate Professor ​​​​​​​​​​​​Mandrup.jpgThomas Mandrup (Extraordinary Professor to SIGLA​​​​)

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​​​​​​Thomas Mandrup is an Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College, Denmark, an extraordinary Associate Professor at the Faculty for Military Science, Stellenbosch University and an external lecturer at the Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Professor Tim Murithi (Landward security) (Extraordinary Professor to SIGLA)​


Professor Tim Murithi, Extraordinary Professor, Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa, Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch and Head of the Peacebuilding Interventions Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also Extraordinary Professor of African Studies at the Centre for African Studies, University of Free State, and also Extraordinary Professor, Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Dr. Hussein Solomon (University of the Free State)
Research Fellow

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Professor Hussein Solomon is a SIGLA Research Fellow, Academic Head of Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State, Extraordinary Professor at the School of Government, North-West University, Senior Research Associate at the Jerusalem-based Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA), 

Dr W.K. Janse van Rensburg (Content Advisor South African Parliament)

Research Fellow

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​Dr Janse van Rensburg currently serves as the defence researcher for the Parliament of South Africa's Joint Standing Committee on Defence. Previously he worked as a security analyst focusing on country-specific political and security risk in Africa. He also served in various positions as an officer in the South African National Defence Forc​e (SANDF) between 2002 and 2010​.

Dr. Bahar Baser (Durham University)
Research Fellow

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Dr. Bahar Baser is a senior associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa and visiting professor at Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Finland.​

Dries Putter (Stellenbosch University)

Panel of experts​

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Dries Putter is a senior lecturer at the Defence Intelligence Studies at the Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. He has functional experience in land- and sea warfare, intelligence, and defence acquisition and related matters such as defence intellectual property and arms control. He holds the rank of Captain (SA Navy). His PhD focussed on Defence Knowledge Management and have master’s degrees in security (MMS), defence (MMil) and business leadership (MBL). He is an Associate Researcher at the National Security Hub, University of Canberra. His research interests are hybrid warfare, counterintelligence, covert action and intelligence.​

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Panel of Experts

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Zane Cleophas, Group CEO and co founder , Areta Holdings (Security & Defence, Consulting and Technologies). Currently he consults in domestic and cross border defence and security technologies, border security, OEM technical evaluations and project management

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Mr Eeben Barlow

Research Fellow

Chairman and CEO, Executive Outcomes

Mr Eeben Barlow is the founder and chairman of Executiv​e Outcomes, arguably the most successful  Private Military Company in modern times. Upon leaving Executive Outcomes in late 1996, he served as a political and defence/security advisor to numerous African governments. He chaired STTEP International Ltd from 2009 to mid-2020.  Mr Barlow has partaken in numerous conflicts and wars across the continent where he has been described by many as one of Africa's true warrior-sons: a soldier, a scholar and a diplomat. He has served as a major general in several African armed forces and as a political and military advisor, military campaign strategist, and commander of several newly created, highly successful combat units. He has also overseen the training of specialist combat forces and accompanied them in battle. He served as the Honorary Consul of São Tomé and Príncipe to South Africa from 2019 to 2022. He has contributed to numerous published academic papers and book chapters and is a regular speaker at foreign conferences and seminars. Additionally, he frequently lectures at military colleges and universities across Africa and abroad and remains a trusted advisor to several African governments​. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books: Executive Outcomes: Against All OddsComposite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Force Operations in AfricaThe War for Africa: Conflict, Crime, Corruption and Foreign Interests and Human Intelligence: Supporting Composite Warfare Operations in Africa.  He is currently the chairman and CEO of  Executive Outcomes. The company was reactivated in 2020 on request of several African governments.