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Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town

Richard Calland has for over 25 years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Calland is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), working as a member of faculty on a range of customised leadership and strategy programmes for amongst others the World Bank, PWC, the African Development Bank, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata. He is also the co-director of the African Climate Finance Hub and the governance advisor to the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), an international initiative directed towards information disclosure in large public infrastructure projects. Amongst other corporate clients, he is a long-time retained consultant to Massmart, Africa’s largest retailer that was acquired by Walmart in 2011, advising on issues of politics, sustainability and governance, as well as providing regular political risk briefings to the investor clients of UBS and Citi Bank, and has recently established a new advisory organisation – The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. His most recent book, Make of Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa's next three decades, was published in late 2016. He is also the author of Anatomy of South Africa (2006) and The Zuma Years (2013). His political column, Contretemps, has appeared in the Mail & Guardian newspaper since 2001. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar.


  • 2015–present
    Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2007–present
    Associate professor, University of Cape Town
  • 2015–present
    Founding Partner, The Paternoster Group


  • 2016
    Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa's next three decades, Penguin Random House
  • 2013
    The Zuma Years: South Africa's Changing Face of Power, Zebra Press
  • 2006
    Anatomy of South Africa: Who Holds the Power?, Zebra Press