AIIKS Governing Board

The AIIKS Governing Board is comprised of diversity of prominent representatives of both the private and public sectors, with a record of accomplishment of supporting and contributing to the advancement and sustainability of the Institute and promotion of AIKS as a knowledge domain in its own right. The Board is responsible for approving plans, budgets and its scientific programmes including mobilizing strategic resources.

Prof. Nana Poku

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Chairperson of AIIKS Governing Board)

Prof. Nhlanhla Mkhize

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of College

Humanities University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Academic Home of the CIKS as the AIIKS hub)

Prof. Yonah Seleti

Chief Director

Science Missions, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), South Africa

Mr Nathan Sassman


Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence (RCCE), National Research Foundation (NRF)

Prof. John Tesha

Executive Secretary

Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government (Africa Forum), Pretoria, South Africa

Prof. Eddy Maloka

Chief Executive Officer

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

Prof. Osmund Mwandemele

Former Director

Multi-disciplinary Research Centre, University of Namibia, Namibia

Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai

GOSK, Former Secretary-General

Association of African Universities, Honorary President, International Association of Universities, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Her Excellency Dr Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe

Former Vice President of Uganda and UN

Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Uganda

Dr. Jacob Moroe

Consulate General of South Africa in Lagos


Hon. Dr Fenella Mukangara

Member of the CCM Central Committee


Hon. Prof. Palamagamba John Kabudi

Minister, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, United Republic of Tanzania


Prof. Celestino Obua

Vice-Chancellor Mbarara University of Science and Technology


Mr. Eugene Mason III

Managing Director

Harmonic Connections PLUS, Chicago, USA

Prof Lesiba J. Teffo

Political Analyst

Institute of African Renaissance, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa

Dr. Jinmi Adisa

Former Director

African Citizens Directorate (CIDO), Africa Union Commission, Nigeria