Professor Cheryl Hendricks

Professor Cheryl Hendricks is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). Prior to this she was Executive Head of the Africa Institute of South Africa in the Human Sciences Research Council (July 2018 – September 2021). She was appointed as a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Johannesburg in April 2013 and served as the head of the department from 2014 to 2017. Prof Hendricks also spent many years working at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) first as Program Head for the Southern Africa Human Security Programme and then as Senior Research Fellow in the Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Division. She has also worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) and at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds a PhD in Government and International Relations from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Southern African Studies from the University of York, England. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of conflict management (conflict prevention, peace-making, peacekeeping, post conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding); women, peace and security; and African Regional Security Architectures .She has published widely on these topics and engages a range of policy makers, academics, researchers, and civil society on these issues.