Diverse | Dynamic | Driven

Diverse | Dynamic | Driven

About the CMA

The CMA’s vision is to create safe spaces for dialogue. The Centre aims to embrace a responsive, transformative, and inclusive understanding of mediation that adequately responds to conflict in all its complexity, builds constructive relationships, and leads to a sustainable peace that is owned and lived by all members of society. 

The CMA’s vision is pursued through rigorous, high-impact research, publications, postgraduate teaching and supervision, mediation training, mediation curriculum development, mediation practice development, and policy and science engagement.

Founded in 2012 by Professor Laurie Nathan, the CMA is located in the Political Sciences Department of the University of Pretoria. The Centre is currently being led by Professor Cori Wielenga, and has evolved into a dynamic community with teams working on a variety of research projects. The CMA also has, and continues to build, partnerships across academic, civil society and political spaces locally and internationally, making it a strategic Centre of influence, and offering researchers, students and other associates a highly impactful learning experience.

The Team

Prof Cori Wielenga

Director

 

 

 

 

Dr Sokfa John

Deputy Director | Mediation practice

Dr Marlie Holtzhausen

Programme Director | Team development

Dr Marlie Holtzhausen

Dr Chenai Matshaka

Programme Director | Applied research

Dr Chenai Matshaka

Dr Bianca Parry

Programme Director | Research

Dr Edknowledge Mandikwaza

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ms Tyne Williams

Researcher

Tyne Williams

Ms Gabe Vermeulen

Researcher

Ms Gabe Vermeulen

Ms Nontando Ndhlovu

Researcher

Ms Tshenolo Matlala

Researcher

Ms Tshenolo Matlala

 

Mr Anthony Bizos

Researcher

Mr Anthony Bizos

Ms Smeetha Singh

Project Coordinator

Ms Lerato Dube

Researcher

Ms Lerato Dube

Ms Kgomotso Komane

Researcher

Ms Kgomotso Komane

Mr David Kabwa

Researcher

Mr David Kubwa

Interns

Research Associates

Dr Jason Musyoka

CEO of The Frontline Group & Principle of The Frontline Training Institute

Dr Jason Musyoka

Dr Bosco Bae

University of Lynchburg, Department of Religious Studies

Dr Bosco Bae

Dr Litlhare Rabele

Gender Programme Manager, Foundation for Human Rights

Dr Litlhare Rabele

Mr Patrick Hajayandi

Senior Project Leader -The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)

Dr Sonja Theron

Senior Associate Fellow, African Leadership Centre

Dr Sonja Theron

Mr Samuel Igba

Researcher

Mr Samuel Igba

Advisory Board

Prof Sandra Africa

Acting Dean – Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria

Prof Victoria Graham

HoD – Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria

Prof Tim Murithi

Head of Programme: Justice and Reconciliation in Africa at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Prof Susanne Buckley-Zistel

Executive Director – Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Dr David Mwambari

Freelance Researcher – Humanities and Social Science