New CEO well suited to strengthen research at the HSRC

Professor Crain A Soudien has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the HSRC from 1 September 2015. He is the former director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and the current deputy vice-chancellor at the same university, where he also holds a joint professorship in Education and African Studies.

Soudien has an excellent publishing record of 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 has written 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; is the co-author of Education Exclusion and Inclusion: Policy and Implementation in South Africa and India, and is also the co-editor of four books.

Soudien, who obtained his education from the University of Cape Town, holds a PhD from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

Besides his academic activities he is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations, and chairs the Independent Examinations Board.

He is the former chair of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and was the chair of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education.

In a statement the HSRC Board said it was unanimous in the decision to appoint Professor Soudien. ‘His research and academic credentials and his managerial acumen are well suited to lead the strategic thrusts of the organisation, and building on past achievements he will strengthen research and development in the humanities and social sciences in South Africa, as well as research partnerships with other African countries,’ the statement said.