The Future Professors Programme (Phase 01) is one of six university-led national collaborative programmes. It is headed by a capable team of senior academics and representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

FPP Operational Team

Contributors, Mentors and Friends of the Programme

Advisory Board


  • Jonathan Jansen
    Project leader
    • Prof Sibusiso Moyo
      Operational team
    • Prof Jackie du Toit
      Operational team
      • Ms Tania Arrison
        Operational team
    • Prof Neil Roos
      Operational team


  • Prof Sibusiso Moyo (Chair)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor:
    Research, Innovation and
    University of
    • Ms Mandisa Cakwe
      Director: Teaching and
      Learning Development
      in Universities
      Department of
      Higher Education
      and Training
    • Prof Phuti Ngoepe
      South African Chair in
      of Material,
      University of
    • Prof Tebello Nyokong
      South African Chair
      in Medical Chemistry
      and Nanotechnology
      and Director: DST/
      Minteck Nanotechnology
      Innovation Centre,
      Rhodes University
    • Dr Diane Parker
      Deputy Director General
      (Retired): Higher Education,
      Department of Higher
      and Training
      • Prof Jonathan Jansen
        Project Leader
        Distinguished Professor
        in the Faculty of
      • Prof Jackie du Toit
        Lead Implementer,
        University /
        University of the
        Free State
      • Dr Kirti Menon
        Senior Director:
        Academic Planning,
        Quality Promotion and
        Professional Academic
        Staff Development,
        University of
      • Prof Neil Roos
        Lead Implementer
        Dean of Humanities
        University of
        Fort Hare
    • Prof Danie Visser
      Emeritus Professor
      and former
      Deputy Vice-
      Chancellor for
      Research and
      University of
      Cape Town
    • TBA


Professor Kelly Chibale is the Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery & Development and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Chibale is the founding Director of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery & Development Research Unit at UCT and the Founder and Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) and is the Chairman and CEO of the H3D Foundation. He is also a Full Member of the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine and a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery. In 2018 Professor Chibale was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and in 2019 he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine.


Professor Stella M. Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria and former Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies.    Her current research focuses on diversity and race and gender in organisations.  She is an Associate Editor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: an international journal and Senior Editor for diversity entries in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.  She has received the Sage Scholarly Contributions Award (Academy of Management) for her research on gender and diversity in organisations; the Distinguished Woman Scholar in the Social Sciences Award from the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa), and the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  Professor Nkomo is A-rated South African researcher and founding President of the Africa Academy of Management.

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Professor Himla Soodyall is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Research Professor in Human Genetics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits);. She is responsible for ground-breaking genetic research into the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa in which her studies have identified some of the oldest DNA found in living people today, adding weight to the theory that modern humans evolved in the area now known as southern Africa. Professor Soodyal was awarded the National Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze; for her contribution to science. She was elected member of the ASSAf Council in 2011 and appointed General Secretary in 2014. In this position she has been active in drafting of several strategies to promote emerging scholarship in South Africa. Professor Soodyall is a profiled ambassador for science in South Africa and internationally, with experience in research and a knowledge of governance and public administration, as well as engagement at all levels of community in Africa and abroad.


Professor Brenda Wingfield is Research Leader of the DST – NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology and holds the DST/NRF SARChI research chair in Fungal Genomics at the University of Pretoria. With her husband and collaborator, Mike Wingfield, Brenda started the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). Her research programme focuses on the molecular genetics and genomics of plant pathogenic fungi. She and collaborators sequenced the first fungal genome in Africa. Professor Wingfield is former vice president of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), she served as chair of the NSTF (National Science and Technology Forum) and she has been the secretary general of the International Society of Plant Pathology since 2013. She is also former deputy dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science at the University of Pretoria. Prof Wingfield has been a PhD supervisor/co-supervisor to 53 graduates of which 22 were women, all of whom are now successful scientists in their own right. She is also the author of a number of science communication articles to promote the importance of science and the challenges faced by women in science.

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Professor Makhosazana Xaba is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. She’s currently working on a biography of Noni Jabavu.  Professor Xaba is an award-winning multi-genre anthologist and short story writer.  Her 2019 anthology Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018 was hailed as an instant classic and was the co-winner of the 2021 HSS Award in the Non-Fiction Edited Volume category.  Professor Xaba’s debut  collection of fiction, Running and other stories was a co-winner of the 2014 SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story award.  She is the author of three poetry collections and her fourth The Art of Waiting for Tales: Found Poetry from Grace – a novel is due out at the end of October.