Dr Buntu Siwisa
Manager: Knowledge Production Department
Dr Buntu Siwisa, a Rhodes Scholar (2000, St. Peter's College) and a 2012 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow, is Manager of the Knowledge Production Department (KPD) in the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). KPD is the overall research focus of the organisation mandated to generate knowledge on preventive action and peacebuilding; institutions and processes of peacemaking; democracy, governance and elections; peace operations in Africa; and gender and peace.
Prior to this, he was a Senior Political Analyst and Acting Country Manager (Zimbabwe Desk) in the Department of International Relations & Cooperation. He managed the analytical responsibilities and staff component of the Desk, while also undertaking the broader diplomatic, duties of the Desk. He has first-hand mediation experiences in Southern Africa, as well as observing and monitoring elections in Zimbabwe (2008); the Republic of Southern Sudan referendum (2011); and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (2011
Dr Siwisa has a fairly extensive academic experience, having worked as a Programme Manager for the Masters in South African Politics and Political Economy, and a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He also had a stint working as a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in Accra, Ghana. His publications, appearing in the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) and in Development Dilemmas in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) (eds.) Bill Freund and Harald Witt, extend to areas of municipal services delivery and local government restructuring.
Also dabbling in literature, Dr Siwisa's fictional work has been published in an anthology of short stories, In the Rapids (2001), Icarus (2001), and LitNet (1999). He continues to write longer and shorter fictional narratives.