JIAS staff

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Director of JIAS

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga is an academic, public sector administrator and author. Prior to joining JIAS, he worked in the South African Presidency for more than a decade. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Brown University in the United States, and three degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His appointment at JIAS became effective in June 2018. In the same month, Dr Ngqulunga won the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction for his book The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme (Penguin, 2018).

Contact details: Tel 011 559 7544 / ngqulungab@uj.ac.za


Reshmi Singh, Academic Manager

Reshmi Singh has taken up the post of Academic Manager. She holds an MA in Critical Diversity Literacy from Wits University, a BA Honours in Industrial Psychology from UNISA, and a BA from the University of Natal with majors in Industrial Psychology and Law. She previously worked as an administrator at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at Wits University, and then at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development at UJ.

Contact details: Tel: o11 559 7533 / reshmis@uj.ac.za

ronald witteRonald Witte,  Accommodation Manager

Ronald Witte is the Accommodation Manager of the JIAS premises at  1 Tolip Street, Westdene, Johannesburg.

Contact details: Tel 011 559 5730 / jiasmanager@uj.ac.za

Emelia Kamena, Administrative Assistant

Emelia Kamena is an Administrative Assistant at JIAS. She previously worked in the Division of Internationalisation at UJ, and the Peer Buddy programme at the same university. She is currently completing an LLB Honours Degree at UJ, and intends to study towards an LLM in Public International Law. She is a member of the International law Association and the South African Society for Labour Law.

Contact details: Tel 011 559 732 /  emeliak@uj.ac.za