Programme Coordinator

Willem Fourie is Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, with extensive experience in matters related to implementing complex development agendas.

He has written widely in the public media on South Africa’s realisation of the SDGs, and has been invited to speak on the topic in South Africa and abroad. Since 2011, Willem has acted as expert advisor the African Union’s NEPAD Agency on issues related to development effectiveness. He was the lead author of the Africa Union Transformative Leadership Programme (AU-TLP), and he was closely involved with drafting the Africa Action Plan on Development Effectiveness.

Willem’s contribution to matters related to Africa’s medium- and long-term development priorities is enabled by his research on state and non-state actors’ role in accelerating development. His research initially focussed on the role of religious actors, and he conducted research on this topic at Stellenbosch University as well as at the University of Tübingen (2006), University of Bamberg (2008) and Humboldt University in Berlin (2008, 2012). He published numerous articles on matters related to the notion of ‘public theology’, focussing on religious actors’ engagement with the political sphere in general and development in particular. His interests later expanded to include the role of the private sector in driving socio-economic development, and he conducted research on this topic at the Nelson Mandela University’s Business School (Port Elizabeth) (2009).

Since his appointment at the University of Pretoria (2011), his research evolved to also include a focus leadership and development. At the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, he managed a large leadership research project on leadership in Africa, in collaboration with the Uongozi Institute in Tanzania. He has published on leadership and development, and notably co-authored the first extensive review of research on leadership in Africa.

Willem has published close to thirty peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and he authored a peer-reviewed monograph and edited a peer-reviewed collection of essays. He has received a number of research awards, notably an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship.

He also acts as Programme Director of the newly established Master’s in Development Practice. This innovative new postgraduate qualification is the first to equip participants with the multidisciplinary competences needed to implement complex development agendas such as the SDGs.

Email: willem.fourie[at]

Associate Coordinator

Lebone Nkhumeleni is the SA SDG Hub’s Associate Co-ordinator. She is also a lecturer at the University of Pretoria specializing in Business Management and Strategy. Her background in business and non-governmental environments includes working with international NGOs focusing on human rights, active community citizenship particularly in facilitating corporates, governments and communities where social development is concerned. She previously lead strategic social investments, transformation and sustainability reporting initiatives at one of the Top 40 JSE listed companies.

Email: lebone.nkhumeleni[at]

Operations Manager

Sa’diyah Ebrahim is Operations Manager for the South African SDG Hub. Sheholds a BCom Business Management cum laude (UP), a BCom Hons in Business Management (UP) and is currently a studying an MPhil Supply Chain Management (UP). She is passionate about supply chain management and fifinding solutions to sustainability and developmental concerns in Africa. This is reflflected in her academic research which focuses on integrating a firm’s sustainability strategies and practices with supply chain partners.

Email: sadiyah.ebrahim[at]

Technical Lead

Isak van der Walt leads the SA SDG Hub’s team of developers. Under his guidance, they are exploring the potential of deep learning for improving the search function of the Hub. At the University of Pretoria, Van der Walt is the Digital Scholarship and MakerSpace Manager.

Email: isak.vanderwalt[at]

Associate: Private Sector

Zotha Zungu is responsible for developing SDG training and reporting solutions for the private sector. She is a graduate of the University of Florida in the United States with a masters in Sustainable Development Practice. She also earned a BA: International Relations and Diplomacy degree from the University of South Africa. Zotha has worked in local government international relations as well as with international development agencies and the private sector; consulting and advising on corporate social investment programs and strategies.

Email: zothazoot[at]


Advisors to the South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub provide strategic input, particularly with regard to its usability and relevance. The following representatives from the South African government, development partners, academia and multilateral organisations act as advisors:

Msingathi Sipuka
SDG Advisor
UNDP South Africa
Harsha Dayal
Director of Research:
Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation
Presidency of South Africa
Derick de Jongh
Associate Professor and Director:
Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership
University of Pretoria
Theresa Herscowitz
Regional Organisational Learning Advisor
USAID Southern Africa
Nonhlanhla Mkhize
Chief Director: Innovation for Inclusive Development
Department of Science and Technology
South Africa
Fatou Leigh
Senior Economist
UNDP South Africa
Florence Nazare
Head of Capacity Development
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
Volker Oel
Head of Cooperation
German Embassy, Pretoria
Bernard Slippers
Professor of Genetics and Interim Director:
Future Africa
University of Pretoria
Julie Shouldice
Canadian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire
Mapula Tshangela
Senior Policy Advisor: National Sustainable Development
Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa