IJR Research and Practitioner Fellows are independent and non-residential experienced researchers and practitioners who are experts in areas that link to IJR’s areas of work in the field of justice and reconciliation. They  are thought leaders in their fields of expertise and have during collaborations and partnerships with the IJR added value to the Institute’s work. If the opportunity arises, they might be approached to assist the Institute with the implementation of its projects and research outputs. They will contribute to the work of the Institute through the design and implementation of research projects. Research Fellows will also be encouraged to highlight strategic opportunities and latest trends to the attention of the IJR. In some instances, IJR research and practitioner fellows will bring opportunities for collaboration and partnership to the IJR which will contribute towards fulfilling the organisation’s vision and mission of promoting justice and reconciliation. Research Fellows are not remunerated by the Institute, but can be contracted as IJR Independent Contractors where their specific expertise is required in the fulfillment of a Project.

Dr. Ingrid Roestenburg-Morgan

Dr. Ingrid Roestenburg-MorganDr. Ingrid Roestenburg-Morgan is a Senior Research Fellow with the IJR. Ingrid is South African but is currently based in the Netherlands. Her area of expertise covers International Criminal Law and Human Rights part of which has focused on transitional justice. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D she was employed as a Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN-ICTY). In her spare time Ingrid serves as Chair of the Board for an international NGO ActionAid in The Netherlands. Ingrid’s deep passion and commitment to Africa, has motivated her in using her research and talents for the benefit of those most disadvantaged, without a voice and agency. Her wish is to see an Africa and a world free of poverty and discrimination where each person can realize his or her full potential.

Dr. Fanie du Toit

Dr. Fanie du ToitDu Toit is currently overseeing a process to build community capacity for insider mediation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as a step towards reintegration following the 2017 violence which caused 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. Previously (2016-2018) he was Chief Technical Advisor for UNDP Iraq, facilitating inter-sectarian dialogue in communities fragmented during and after ISIS rule. During the preceding 16 years, he was a programme manager and then executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa, focusing on issues related to post-TRC reconciliation and transitional justice, and worked with colleagues from other African states on similar processes.

His latest book, Political Transitions that work—Reconciliation as Interdependence, by Oxford University Press in collaboration with Notre Dame University, appeared in July 2018. As Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he completed a D.Phil in the Philosophy of Religion in 1995, and in 2005 he received a further Masters’ degree in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 2007 he received UNESCO’s International Prize for Peace Education on behalf of the IJR. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at UCT’s Department of Political Studies and a member of the Advisory Board of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution

Peter Knoope

Peter KnoopePeter Knoope is an IJR Senior Research Fellow and he is a Brussels-based independent expert with around 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international cooperation. He currently holds fellowships in four institutions in the areas of human security, conflict and terrorism prevention, peace building and justice (The Hague and Cape Town, South Africa). Through the fellowships he has for example carried out analyses on drivers of radicalisation and designed and delivered training programmes on preventing radicalisation and conflicts in Sudan, Yemen, Iraq and Nigeria and Cameroun. He has also provided advisory services on conflict resolution in Central African Republic targeting to politicians, national and local authorities and practitioners.

Peter Knoope has experience across the humanitarian-security-development cooperation nexus from high-level bilateral and multilateral cooperation to designing of national and country-specific cooperation strategies, research, public relations and diplomacy in the areas of justice, security and human development. In 2005-2009 he served as the Deputy Director (Policy and Strategy) in the National Coordinator for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Ministry of Justice, The Hague. He is the founder of the International Centre for Counterterrorism (ICCT) in the Hague and served as the Director of ICCT from 2009-2014.

Andries Odendaal

Andries OdendaalAndries Odendaal has, for the past three decades, worked in the field of local peacebuilding under the auspices of, i.a., the South African National Peace Secretariat, the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria, and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. He served on the Expert Panel of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of UNDP, was a regular resource person for the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and a Jennings Randall Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace in 1909-2010. He has written several journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of A Crucial Link: Local Peace Committees and National Peacebuilding (USIP: 2013).

Mzukisi Mooi

Mzukisi MooiMzukisi Mooi is a development, education and training practitioner with experience in adult education, community development and conflict transformation. He is a post graduate qualified Community Development Practitioner. An accredited mediator with the Mediation-in -Motion institution. He was previously an Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA) training and mediation panellist, focusing on Community Conflict Resolution(CCR). As a social justice and human rights activist, he strives to challenge existing social and economic inequalities through fostering peace building and social cohesion. He is currently a consultant with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) tasked with the promotion of social dialogue in the agriculture sector of the Western Cape Province.He also serves on the Board of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) as Chairperson representing Civil Society Organisations.

His extensive training, facilitation and rural development practices experience spans 30 years working with individuals and various stakeholder groups in rural and peri-urban areas of South Africa. He has extensive training skills and practical knowledge on labour legislation.

Kate Lefko-Everett

Kate Lefko-Everett

Kate Lefko-Everett is an independent researcher and evaluator with more than fifteen years of experience working in Southern Africa. She specialises in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Kate’s background is in civil society research. She managed the IJR’s South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey from 2009 to 2013, and previously worked as a researcher at Idasa in both the Political Information and Monitoring Services (PIMS) and Southern African Migration Project (SAMP). She has conducted social and policy research in the areas of social cohesion, public participation and good governance, and migration and xenophobia. She has published widely, including as commissioning editor of Rethinking Reconciliation: Evidence from South Africa (Human Sciences Research Council Press, 2017) as well as in academic journals, international research reports and the popular press.