New HSRC Staff


(PhD, University of Iowa) has been appointed to a new position as deputy CEO for research. He will take on an oversight role in the HSRC’s research programmes, improving the use and impact of our social science research.

Before joining the HSRC in July 2006, Dr Masilela worked for a number of years as a special adviser to the minister of social development in the government of South Africa. He has also worked in the areas of corporate citizenship and reputation management, in both commercial (Telkom SA Ltd) and academic settings (Centre for Corporate Citizenship, University of South Africa). In addition to a PhD from the University of Iowa, Dr Masilela is an alumnus of the senior executive programme run by Wits and Harvard Business Schools.


(BCom Hons, Stellenbosch University), who has been appointed deputy CEO for operations and capacity enhancement, also a new position, will be tasked to ensure high performing teams that provide overall support to the whole of the HSRC.  His role at the HSRC will be to lead directorates of operations, finance, legal services, supply chain management, human resources, information services and information technology. He will also lead the capacity enhancement directorate, whose units are institutional collaboration, researcher trainees and staff development.

Before joining the HSRC, Mr Pedlar was involved in financial management for various corporations and held leadership positions in the government as a group executive at the department of science and technology for corporate services and governance, including as acting CEO for the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), and chief of Regulatory Affairs and Procurement


(PhD in Economics, Gothenburg School of Economics and Law, Sweden), who teaches microeconomics, public sector economics, development economics, and economic modelling and mathematics for economists at the University of Pretoria, will take up the position of executive director of the research programme on Economic Performance and Development from 1 December 2010.

She will be responsible for leading and managing basic and applied research on job creation, enterprise culture, economic production processes, competitiveness, macro and micro economic indicators, and economic forecasting. This work aims to generate evidence for policy advice to the government and other interested parties

DR MIRIAM ALTMAN (PhD in Economics, University of Manchester), who currently holds the position of executive director of the Economic Performance and Development programme, will be stepping into a new role as a distinguished research fellow, coordinating the HSRC’s contribution to planning, monitoring and evaluation and continuing her work on employment scenarios.  Dr Altman joined the HSRC as an executive director in 2002 and helped lead its early transformation. She established the HSRC’s leadership in the field of employment policy analysis, working on evidence-based employment scenarios aimed at developing the capability to solve the very large unemployment and poverty challenges facing South Africa.