Leadership Lekgotla and key appointments

12 November 2021
<b>Photo</b> Lerato Maduna.
Photo Lerato Maduna.

The UCT Leadership Lekgotla

UCT’s senior management team is tasked with implementing the institution’s strategic goals, building its financial health and maintaining its academic excellence.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation

Professor Sue Harrison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Lis Lange

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation

Professor Loretta Feris

Chief Operating Officer

Dr Reno Morar


Royston Pillay

Dean: Faculty of Commerce

Associate Professor Linda Ronnie

Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

Professor Alison Lewis

Interim Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Carolyn Williamson, until Associate Professor Lionel Green-Thompson was appointed Dean in March

Dean: Faculty of Humanities

Professor Shose Kessi

Dean: Faculty of Law

Professor Danwood Chirwa

Dean: Faculty of Science

Professor Maano Ramutsindela

Interim Dean: Centre for Higher Education Development

Associate Professor Alan Cliff

Executive Director: Communication and Marketing

Gerda Kruger

Executive Director: Development and Alumni

Dr Russell Ally

Executive Director: Finance

Ashley Francis (Hardy Maritz became acting ED in September)

Executive Director: Human Resources

Miriam Hoosain

Executive Director: Information and Communication Technology Services

Richard van Huyssteen

Executive Director: Properties and Services

Mughtar Parker

Acting Executive Director: Research Office

Dr Christina Pather

Executive Director: Student Affairs

Dr Moonira Khan

Executive Director: UCT Libraries

Ujala Satgoor

Interim Director: Graduate School of Business

Professor Hugh Corder, until Dr Catherine Duggan was appointed Director in September

Key appointments and retirement

Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences

Assoc Prof Lionel Green-Thompson. Photo Lerato Maduna.

Associate Professor Lionel Green-Thompson was appointed Dean with effect from 15 March 2020. He joined the faculty from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Gauteng where he was Dean of the School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where he obtained an MBBCh degree. He is a Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He obtained his MMed (Anaesthesia) at Wits in 2011.

Executive Director: Research Office

Dr Linda Mtwisha. Photo Lerato Maduna.

Dr Linda Mtwisha has been appointed as the new executive director of research with effect from 1 October 2020. Dr Mtwisha joined UCT from the University of Johannesburg, where she was the senior director of strategic initiatives and administration. Her qualifications include a PhD in biochemistry from UCT and a master’s degree in business leadership from the University of South Africa.

Director: Graduate School of Business

Dr Catherine Duggan. Photo Supplied.

Dr Catherine Duggan has been appointed as the new director of the Graduate School of Business from 1 September 2020. Dr Duggan is an accomplished academic who brings more than 20 years of work in Africa, as well as extensive experience at top global business schools, to the role. She joined UCT from the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB) in Rwanda, where she was the vice dean for strategy and research.


Professor Daya Reddy. Photo UCT.

Professor Daya Reddy will retire at the end of 2020. He is a National Research Foundation A-rated scholar and former head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1999 to 2005. Professor Reddy served as acting deputy vice-chancellor on three occasions: in 2017, 2008/9 and 2002.

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