Core staff

Chris Landsberg
Professor Chris Landsberg
Tel 011 559 2893

Prof Chris Landsberg holds the NRF Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. He is a senior associate of the UJ School of Leadership, and a former Head of Politics at UJ. Prof Landsberg was educated at Rand Afrikaans University, now UJ; Rhodes University; and Oxford University, and holds an MPhil (Oxon) and DPhil (Oxon) in international relations. He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and at Stanford University as a Hamburg Scholar. He previously served as director of the Johannesburg-based Centre for Policy Studies, and co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Africa’s International Relations at Wits University. He has written two books, The Diplomacy of Transformation: South African Foreign Policy and Statecraft (MacMillan 2010), and The Quiet Diplomacy of Transition: International Politics and SA’s Transition (Jacana 2004). He has also co-authored seven books, including From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa’s Emerging Security Challenges (Lynne Rienner 1993), with Mwesiga Baregu; and South Africa in Africa, The Post-Apartheid Era (UKZN Press 2007), with Adekeye Adebajo and Adebajo Adedeji. He also edits Africa Insight, a journal on the IBSS and DHE list of accredited publications.

Professor Mzukisi Qobo
Deputy Director
Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 2716

Prof Mzukisi Qobo is the Deputy Director of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. He is an expert and thought leader on South Africa’s political economy and international relations. His past experience includes senior roles in government, policy think-tanks and academia, and advisory roles for major South African corporates. He also taught International Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, where he was Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn). Prior to that, Dr Qobo was Chief Director for Trade Policy Development in the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He has published widely on international political economy themes, including regional integration, the G20, sustainable development, and emerging economies, and is co-author, with Prince Mashele, of The Fall of the ANC: What Next? (Picador Africa, 2013). Dr Qobo is a regular columnist for Business Day and Sowetan. newspaper. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria. He holds a BA from the University of Cape Town, an MA from the University of Stellenbosch, and a PhD from the University of Warwick.

lesley masters
Dr Lesley Masters
Senior researcher and lecturer
Tel: 011 559 3689

Dr Lesley Masters is a senior researcher and lecturer at the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. Prior to this she was a senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), responsible for managing projects on foreign policy and natural resource governance in international affairs. She holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Leicester. She has edited books on South African foreign policy and natural resource governance, and served as joint guest editor of a special issue of the Journal for Contemporary History on African Diplomacy, and a special issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs. She has published numerous articles in accredited journals.

Dr Yolanda K Spies
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Yolanda K Spies is a Senior Research Fellow at the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. She was a South African diplomat for 18 years before entering academia in 2006. Her doctoral studies in International Relations, completed in 2005, focused on capacity-building in the diplomacy of the developing world. She subsequently specialized in the design and presentation of diplomatic studies for tertiary institutions and foreign ministries of various African countries. At the University of Pretoria (where she lectured until she joined UJ in April 2016), she directed a customised Master of Diplomatic Studies. Her areas of academic specialisation and publication include the theory and practice of diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international organization, international law, conflict resolution, changing global power relations, African politics and ethics in international relations. Forthcoming, by end of 2017, is a single-authored book on the theory and practice of diplomacy.

Nabila Noor Mahomed
Tel +27 11 559 2716

Nabila Noor Mahomed is the administrator of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. She holds a BA Politics and BA Law from UJ. She is a former Model United Nations chairperson, and chairperson of societies at UJ’s Auckland Park Campus. She later served as national spokesperson for and treasurer-general of the student chapter of the Progressive Professionals Forum. Nabila is passionate about leadership development, project strategy development, partnership and stakeholder relations, and the African Agenda.

Lindokuhle Mlaba
Research Assistant
Tel +27 11 559 2716

Lindokuhle Mlaba is a Research Assistant at the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. Prior to this he was an Executive Manager at the Enterprises University of Pretoria, responsible for managing and strengthening relations with governments, business and tertiary institutions elsewhere in Africa. Previously, he was an International Relations Specialist at the SABS, and a Senior Economist at the National Treasury responsible for the IMF and World Bank. His career began at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), starting as Cadet and rising to Assistant Director. During this period at he was posted to Addis Ababa to manage economic relations with Ethiopia and the African Union. He holds an MA in Development Studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at UJ, focusing on Economic Diplomacy.

Naseera Noor Mahomed
Research Assistant and assistant lecturer
Tel +27 11 559 2716

Naseera Noor-Mahomed is a Research Assistant and Assistant Lecturer at the NRF Chair of for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. She holds a BA in Political Science, a BA Honours in International Relations, and an MA in Philosophy of Management, all obtained at UJ. While completing her studies, she served as a Subject Specialist and Life Skills Coach for students from diverse backgrounds. She also works as a research consultant to the Mail & Guardian. She has written an article published in The Thinker entitled ‘Transformational leadership: women’s political interests and needs’.

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