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Siphamandla Zondi

Acting Director: Institute for Pan-African Thought & Conversation, University of Johannesburg

Zondi earned his BA Honours and Postgrad Diploma from the then University of Durban-Westville and his MPhil and DPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research careers spans the now defunct Africa Institute of South Africa, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the University of Pretoria. He is currently with the Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg where he is acting director of Institute of Pan-African Thought &Conversation as well as acting co-director of Institute for Global African Affairs (jointly hosted with the University of West Indies). Zondi is on the National Planning Commission, while he is also the chair of the SA Brics Think. His research interests relate to the decolonisation of power, of being and of knowledge


  • 2020–present
    Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2017–2020
    Professor and Head of Department, University of Pretoria
  • 2011–2016
    Director, Institute for Global Dialogue
  • 2007–2011
    Programme Coordinator, Institute for Global Dialogue
  • 2000–2003
    Researcher, Africa Institute


  • 2000 
    DPhil, Cambridge University
  • 1997 
    Mphil, Cambridge University
  • 1996 
    Postgrad Diploma in Education, University of Durban-Westville
  • 1995 
    BA Honours, University of Durban-Westville

Professional Memberships

  • South African Association of Political Studies
  • South African Sociological Association
  • South African Association of Public Administration
  • African Association of Political Science
  • International Political Science Association
  • African Studies Association