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​Director Research

Director Research
The Research Directorate coordinates and manages all MISTRA's Priority Research Projects in the faculties of Humanity, Political Economy and Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement. 

Director Research: Ralph Mathekga 


Ralph Mathekgastarted his studies in political science, law and economic history in 1998 at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree. In 2000, he subsequently completed a Honours degree in Political Science as well as a Masters in Political Science, at the same university.

Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and economic research. He was part of the team that drafted South Africa‘s Self Assessment Report as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Ralph also worked as a Lecturer at the University of Western Cape, teaching courses in politics and also development. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst. Ralph continues to contribute opinion article to different newspapers, interviews on TV and Radio station on current affairs in South Africa and abroad.​

Ralph initially joined MISTRA as a Head of the faculty of Political Economy. He has since been promoted to Director of Research.