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Prof Crain Soudien

HSRC CEO Professor Crain A. Soudien is the former Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and is currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the same university. He is a joint professor in Education and African Studies. He has published over 180 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture. He is the author of two books, “Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa: Race, Culture and Schooling”, and ”Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School” and the co-author of “Education Exclusion and Inclusion: Policy and Implementation in South Africa and India", and he is the co-editor of four books.

Prof Soudien was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Prof Soudien is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is the Chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, the former Chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and had been the chair of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education.  He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.