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Richard CallandProfessor Richard Calland, Director (interim), CISL South African Office

Richard Calland has for the past nineteen years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and around the African continent. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, Richard specialises in freedom of information law and serves as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals' Board of the World Bank. In recent years, Richard has acted as governance advisor to the international Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) – which aims to set new standards for information disclosure in public infrastructure projects – assisting with the implementation of the pilot programme in Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Zambia and Vietnam. His current research focus is the governance of climate change and climate finance, as a part of UCT's African Climate Development Initiative. Richard is the founding partner of the new African Climate Finance Hub and as Senior Associate of CISL, has acted as a member of faculty on a number of programmes for senior leadership of organisations such as PwC, the World Bank and Tata. In South Africa he advises Massmart, Africa's largest retailer that was recently acquired by Walmart, on issues of politics, sustainability and governance. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Richard practiced law for seven years at the London Bar. From 1995–2011, he headed the Economic Governance programme at Idasa – the leading African democracy Institute. Richard's latest book 'Zuma's World: South Africa's Changing Anatomy of Power' was published in 2013.

Elspeth DonovanElspeth Donovan, Deputy Director, CISL South African Office

Having joined CISL in 2008, Elspeth is also a tutor on the Anglo American Advanced Social Management programme. From 2003–2006 she was the director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School MBA. She was instrumental in the introduction of the Modular MBA programme and introduced ‘The Role of Business in Society’ as an integrating course on the MBA. From 2006 she was an independent executive education consultant. She designed and directed various leadership programmes for companies through the UCT Graduate School of Business. Elspeth also led the design of the entire curriculum for TSIBA Education, an innovative Cape Town business school for students from impoverished backgrounds and is Chair of the Board of Christel House South Africa, a privately run school for children from impoverished backgrounds. Elspeth has a BSc and an MBA from University of Cape Town.

Photograph of Mada de KokMagda de Kok, Operations Manager, CISL South African Office

Magda de Kok is Operations Manager of CISL's South African office. She joined The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme in May 2002, after being with the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business for five years. There she ran a research programme in entrepreneurship and was instrumental in sourcing the funding and setting up of the UCT Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Previously she was involved in the Language Facilitation Programme at the University of the Free State. Magda holds qualifications in anthropology and languages from the Rand Afrikaans University and the University of South Africa.

Peter_Willis_161x168Peter Willis, South African Seminar Director, The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Having set up the South African office of CISL in Cape Town in 2002 and run it until 2014, Peter remains South African Seminar Director for the The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. He also works as an independent facilitator, advisor and mentor based in Cape Town. He has been in the field of sustainability and leadership since moving to South Africa in the mid-1990’s. In the 1980s and early 1990s in the UK he created and ran several small businesses in the field of fine art publishing and marketing. He has degrees in History (Oxford) and Education (London).

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