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​​​​​​Professor Shireen Motala

Professor Shireen Motala was a Director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1999 until 2010.  She holds a PhD in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. In March 2010, she was appointed as the Director of the UJ Postgraduate Research Centre, and in 2016 she was appointed as the Senior Director of the Postgraduate School. Her responsibilities include leading the university-wide strategy for improving enrolment at a postgraduate level, providing research support for postgraduate students, and ensuring that the throughput of postgraduate students improves in the institution. Shireen has held numerous leadership roles related to Higher Education including: Chairperson of the Education Policy Consortium, Chairperson of the UNESCO South African, and inaugural president of the South African Research Association (SAERA). In 2010 she was appointed by the Minster of Higher Education and Training to serve on the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and in 2013 to serve on the Ministerial Task Team to review the national Senior Certificate examination. Her research record is substantial and includes publications in journals and books and editorship of local and international journals. Her research interests and expertise have been in the areas of education financing and school reform, access and equity, and education quality.  
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Kevin Reddell

Hontse Leqela
Hontse Leqela joined the Postgraduate School in April 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is currently employed as an intern by the National Research Foundation. She works at the front desk as a Receptionist, and acts as a communication link between postgraduate students at UJ and Postgraduate School staff. Also, she assists on workshops for the Research Capacity Development department, help with the disbursement of NRF bursaries, and provides administrative support to the Postgraduate Fund Management department

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​​​Praveen Singh
Praveen Singh held the position of a principal accountant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2008 to 2011. He has a Postgraduate qualification in Commerce including a Law background. In 2011 he took up a position as an Accountant at the University of Johannesburg's Finance Division. In 2014 he was appointed as the Head of the Postgraduate School's Postgraduate Fund Management department. In this capacity, he has been responsible for a wide range of programs including leading the university-wide strategy for improving enrolment at postgraduate level, and ensuring improved throughput of registered local and international postgraduates. He has also been heavily involved in the managing of the accounting and financial operations within the Postgraduate Fund Management department. 
Dudu Mbatha
Dudu Mbatha has worked for the South African Revenue Service from November 1995 to December 2001 as an Income Tax Assessor and VAT Auditor. She was then appointed as a VAT Consultant by Ernst & Young in January 2002 to August 2007. In October 2007 to November 2008 she worked for KPMG as a VAT Consultant. She joined the University of Johannesburg in October 2010 and works as a Bursary Administrator at the Postgraduate School. Dudu has a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, a Higher Diploma in Taxation and Bridging Certificate in Theory of Accounting. In order to be an expert in the Financial Industry she has enrolled for an Advanced Diploma in Financial Markets with the University of Johannesburg.
Tshediso Msibi
Tshediso Msibi holds an honours degree from the University of the Free State. He was appointed as an NRF Scholarship Administrator in 2013 at the University of Johannesburg. In 2015 he was appointed as a Financial administrator within the Postgraduate Fund Management department of the Postgraduate school. His portfolios entails the managing the NRF bursaries and scholarships for postgraduate students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows   

Research Capacity Development  ​

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​​Megan EngelbrechtMegan Engelbrecht is an Administrative Assistant at the Research Capacity Development Department and joined the team in May 2016. Previously she worked at the Maintenance Call Centre as a Supervisor. She has a background in administration and finance.