Executive committee


Office Bearers


Alberto Martinelli, President



Elisa Reis, Vice President for Scientific Planning and Review


Saths Cooper Picture ISSC

Saths Cooper, Vice President for Information and Communications Outreach
Saths Cooper obtained his PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology from Boston University as a Fulbright scholar in 1989.

A close associate of the late Steve Biko, he has played a key role in the anti-Apartheid struggle, the advent of democracy in South Africa (SA), the unification and ascendancy of psychology and youth and community reconstruction and development during and after Apartheid. He was banned and house-arrested in 1973 and jailed for nine years (spending over five years in Robbin Island in the same cell-block as former President Mandela) and was declared a ‘victim of gross human rights violations’ by SA’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1998. He has been the recipient of many citations and awards (including the inaugural IUPsyS Achievement Against the Odds Award), has been relied on by foreign and SA agencies, institutions and leaders to advise and inform them on socio-economic-political developments, and has facilitated foreign and local investment and development in Southern Africa.

He chaired the statutory Professional Board for Psychology at the Health Professions Council of South Africa, was Vice-President of the latter (the first non-medical/dental professional to assume such office) and chairs the SA ICSU Board at the National Research Foundation, which oversees SA’s involvement in ICSU-related scientific learned societies.

The last Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Durban-Westville, he works in the health, education and training sectors.

Last year, Saths Cooper received his profession’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize when the International Union of Psychological Science’s ‘Achievement Against the Odds Award’ recognized his contributions to psychology by overcoming extreme personal hardship in an ongoing pursuit of social justice and human rights for all. The British Psychological Society will confer an Honorary Fellowship upon him at its next conference in May, and the American Psychological Association will honor him at its convention this August for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology



Michel Sabourin, Treasurer


Ordinary Members


Ruth Fincher



Li Hanlin



Gudmund Hernes



Jose Alvaro Moises

Jose Alvaro Moises is Professor of the Department of Political Science; Director of the Center for Public Policy Research (NUPPs) at the University of São Paulo. He has an MA in Politics and Government from the University of Essex (1972) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (1978). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association – IPSA, Chair of the Research Committee on the Quality of Democracy of IPSA, Editor of the website qualidadedademocracia.com.br, was visiting-fellow at St. Antony´s College (1991-92) at Oxford University, and served as member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Association of Sociology (1981-1983). He was also National Secretary for Cultural Support (1995-1998) and National Secretary for Audiovisual Development (1999-2002) of the Ministry of Culture under Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s administration in Brazil.


Thomas Reuter

Thomas Reuter

Prof Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. After obtaining his PhD from the Australian National University in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and Australia Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (2008-2012). He is Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. His research in Indonesia and East Timor has focused on social movements, religion, political elites, food security and globalisation.



Yasuhiko Saito



Ebrima Sall

Ebrima Sall is the Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. Before his appointment as Executive Secretary, CODESRIA in April 2009, Dr Sall was Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala (Sweden) and Director of the Centre for the Promotion of Village Savings and Credit Associations (VISAC) Gambia. He also taught at the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis (UGB) in Senegal for five years. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), was promoted ‘Maitre de Conférences/Senior lecturer in “Sociology-Demography” by the French National Universities Council (CNU) in 1992. He is also a beneficiary of the post-doctoral fellowship of the Yale University Programme in Agrarian Studies.



Amaryllis Torres



Renee van Kessel Hagesteijn

Renee van Kessel-Hagesteijn

Dr Renee R. van Kessel Hagesteijn obtained a PhD in anthropology at Leiden University (1985). Her research focuses on political dynamics, mainly in Southeast Asia. She is an active participant in the Committee for Theoretical Anthropology of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. She is Director of Social Sciences at the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) and Director of Science for WOTRO Global Development . Her expertise is setting up and co-funding multilateral, multidisciplinary research programmes and networks, both within Europe as well as beyond. For the ISSC she participated in CoDATE (Committee for Developing and Transition Economies) and in the steering committee for Transformative Cornerstones of Social Science Research for Global Change.


Wanda Ward

Wanda Ward

Dr Wanda E. Ward is Head of the Office of International and Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Throughout her tenure at the NSF, Ward has served in a number of science and engineering policy, planning and programme leadership capacities, including Senior Advisor to the NSF Director. Ward has also served on the US President’s National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency education and workforce development. Ward has served on the ISSC’s Committee for Developing and Transition Economis (CoDATE) and was an active contributor in the conceptualization, development and implementation of the ISSC’s World Social Science Fellows Programme.



Dr O Shisana photo 2012

Olive Shisana (retiring President and will remain a voting member of the Executive Committee until the next General Assembly in 2016)

Olive Shisana is Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC, Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, immediate past President of International Social Science Council. Prior to this she served as HSRC’s Executive Director of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health, previously Executive Director, Family and Community Health,  World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. She is an authority in HIV surveillance, having been a principal investigator for several second generation surveillance systems for HIV. She was one of the founders of the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as the Maternal and Child Mortality Surveillance. She served on many national and international scientific committees and advisory boards, such the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance, the US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Methodological Challenges in HIV Prevention Trials, the Emory University Global Health Institute Advisory Board, the South African National AIDS Council and the chair of the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Board.  She has recently been appointed to head the South Africa’s BRICS Think Tank and chair of the Council of BRICS Think Tanks as well as the AIDS 2016 Global Conference South African Co-Chair. Professor Shisana recently won an award for the South African Academy of Sciences Science-for-Society Gold Medal.



Heide Hackmann, ISSC Executive Director