Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures in International Politics at the Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria. She also lectures at the University of Pretoria and the South African Defense College and serves as an external examiner for the Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She obtained an M.A. (Political Sciences) from the University of Stellenbosch on water policy in South Africa since apartheid. She received various academic awards from, inter alia, the University of Stellenbosch, King’s College London (University of London) and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. She serves on the National Council of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and is a research associate of the African Institute of South Africa (AISA).
Hannatjie Jacobs is an independent research consultant based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. After obtaining her first degree from the University of the Free State, and her second degree at the University of Port Elizabeth, she completed an M.A. in Political Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch before completing an M.B.A. at the University of Stellenbosch’s Graduate School of Business. Ms Jacobs gained distinctions for her two dissertations. She has received various academic awards. Apart from her extensive media experience, she has published on various aspects of Africa’s position in the global political economy for more than two years in her weekly column, “In Africa,” in a South African newspaper. She is currently involved in a project focusing on leadership development, HIV/AIDS and education in Africa under the auspices of the University of Stellenbosch’s Network for African Congregational Theology (NetAct).
Richard Meissner received his training as a political scientist at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in Johannesburg. He obtained an M.A. in Political Studies from the same university in 1999 and is currently busy with a D.Phil. in International Relations at the University of Pretoria (UP). He was one of the first students in South Africa to complete a Master’s thesis on water politics. He was employed by the Political Studies department at the Rand Afrikaans University from 1996 to 1998 as a research assistant. He is currently employed as a research associate by the African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU), which he joined in 1999. He was involved in a number of studies regarding the management of national and international water resources in Southern Africa and the Middle East. He has also written a number of articles for accredited journals. His scope of interest lies within the field of water politics and particularly the interaction of divers actors within the domestic and international domains regarding water resource issues. Richard Meissner is a member of the South African Political Studies Association and the South African Institute of International Affairs.