Alice L. Brown is a Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for the Study of the United States, which is located at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trained as an attorney and with extensive experience in social justice philanthropy and civil rights litigation and advocacy, Ms Brown is committed to the use of the law for the public good. Currently, she advises, speaks and writes on a broad range of topics including philanthropic giving, non-profit organization governance, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, public interest law and transformation within the South African legal profession. She resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ms Brown is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and Dartmouth College, where she received a BA in History.

From 2013 - 2016, Ms Brown convened the annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) ( and she currently serves on the boards of Section27, a highly respected South African public interest law centre, Corruption Watch, Jacana Literary Foundation and Keystone Accountability (UK). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Her consultancy assignments have included work for, amongst others, the Legal Resources Centre (South Africa), TrustAfrica (Senegal), the International Senior Lawyers Project (NY/London) and the Medtronic Foundation (Minnesota).

Ms Brown served nearly 20 years of leadership at the Ford Foundation, as a human rights program officer in its New York headquarters and as a program officer, Deputy Representative and then as the Foundation’s Representative for the Office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. During this period, she engaged in grant making in support of crucial issues under the rubrics of, amongst others, promoting human rights, social justice, the rule of law and transformation and diversity.

Earlier in her career, Ms Brown spent five years as a litigator and advocate at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she addressed some of the most intractable civil rights problems in the U.S. Her work and publications addressed legal aspects of housing conditions and environmental degradation in African American communities. Prior to her tenure with LDF, Ms Brown had the honor of serving as a law clerk of the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a prominent and distinguished U.S. federal court judge, historian and civil rights advocate.

She is a former board member of the South Africa - United States Fulbright Commission and an alumna of Common Purpose South Africa. In addition, Ms Brown has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a Visiting Fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi
Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi is a senior researcher on “African Universities,” at WiSER/PARI at the University of the Witwatersrand and South African Program director for the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity (AFRE) hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She has taught in the English department at the University of Cape Town and holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She co-convenes a National Institute of the Humanities (NIHSS) Catalytic Project (2016 – 2018) on “Other Universals,” which explores intellectual connections among India, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her work has appeared in Small Axe, Callaloo, and the UK Journal of Art and the Humanities. Currently she is guest editing an issue of The Black Scholar on “Black Studies in South Africa” after Mandela and a special issue on Lauretta Ngcobo for scrutiny2. Her current book project, To Empire Bound: Black Solidarity before the Rise of Anti-colonial Nationalism, excavates black globalism in Cape Town at the dawn of the twentieth-century.

Gilbert M. Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously taught African politics and international relations in Kenya and North America.  Prof. Khadiagala holds a doctorate in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
He is the recent editor of War and Peace in Africa’s Great Lakes Region (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017) and author of Regional Cooperation on Democratization and Conflict Management in Africa (Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2018), and How Can Democratic Peace Work in Southern Africa? Trends and Trajectories after the Decade of Hope (Maputo: The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2018).

Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advisory services and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships. Marga coordinates the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. Dr. Maurrasse serves as the Director of this emerging network of over 400 members, which promotes the engagement of enduring institutions (e.g. universities and medical centers) in addressing economic development, health disparities, educational access, and beyond.

Marga also coordinates the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group (REPG), which engages a cluster of member foundations in strengthening policies and practices on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and the Consumer Health Foundation are among members of REPG.
Numerous major foundations and universities are among those having received assistance from Marga over the years. Marga’s work has taken Dr. Maurrasse across the United States, as well as to Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Maurrasse is a Senior Fellow at the New World Foundation, where he has been advising the expansion of the Civic Opportunity Initiative Network (COIN), which provides college access and civic experiential and learning opportunities for young people from underserved communities.
Since 2000, Dr. Maurrasse has been affiliated with Columbia University, where he currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Scholar. His periodic course, Strategy, Community Partnerships and Philanthropy exposes Columbia graduates students to emerging trends in collaboratively addressing critical social issues across the globe. From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Maurrasse has published several books, including Listening to Harlem (2006), A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004), and Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities form Partnerships with Their Communities (2001). His most recent book, Strategic Public Private Partnerships: Innovation and Development (2013) assesses the value and potential of cross sector partnerships around the world. Maurrasse has served on numerous boards, two of which he has chaired. He is currently a Trustee at Bucknell University. He is a member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, which convenes in various parts of the world to address trends in strengthening cities. Maurrasse has keynoted several conferences, addressing how to leverage institutional resources to meet pressing social needs. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.