Gareth Newham is the Head of the Governance, Crime and Justice Division since joining the ISS in January 2010. Prior to this he worked as the Strategy and Policy Advisor to the Gauteng Provincial Minister of Community Safety from 2006. Before joining government he worked in the Criminal Justice Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation for seven years. Gareth holds a Masters degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Watersrand, a post graduate diploma in applied research methodology from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honours Degree in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Social Sciences both from the University of Cape Town.
Peter Aling’o is Head of the Nairobi office at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and a Senior Researcher in the Governance, Crime and Justice Division. He joined the ISS in September 2013. Prior to this, he worked as the Executive Director at the Institute for Education in Democracy, a civil society organisation based in Kenya, since 2003. He is a lawyer by training and has been an advocate of the High Court of Kenya since 1993. His area of expertise is in democratic governance, human rights, elections and electoral processes. Aling’o holds a Masters degree in Law from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law.
Chandre Gould is a senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme of the Institute for Security Studies. She has a PhD in History from Rhodes University. Between 1992 and 1994 she worked for the Institute for a Democratic South Africa. She was a founder member of the Network for Independent Monitors and staffed the Eastern Cape office of NIM in the run-up to, and during the 1994 election. Between 1996 and 1999 she was in investigator and evidence analyst for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where she was involved in the investigation of Project Coast - the chemical and biological weapons programme of the Apartheid government. After 1999 she continued researching Project Coast and co-authored a monograph published by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and numerous papers and articles. She also co-authored a commercially published book about the trial of Dr Wouter Basson in 2002. In 2003 she co-edited a book on small arms in Southern Africa. In 2004 and 2005 she was global network co-ordinator for the BioWeapons Prevention Project. From 2006 to 2008 she was responsible for a two year research project, a collaboration between the ISS and the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, to understand the nature and extent of the sex work industry in Cape Town and the extent to which human trafficking can be said to take place into the industry. The results were published by the ISS in a book titled: Selling Sex in Cape Town: Sex work and human trafficking in a South African City. In 2009 she edited a book on the criminal justice system in South Africa: Criminal (In)Justice: A civil society perspective. Her areas of expertise are: biological weapons control and prevention; social crime prevention; human trafficking and sex work.
Helen Chanda joined the ISS in 2009, and is currently the programme administrator for the Governance, Crime and Justice division in Pretoria. Before taking up this position, she worked for various divisions at the ISS including the publications department as programme administrator for The African.org magazine.
Dr Johan Burger joined the ISS in August 2006 and is a senior researcher in the Governance, Crime and Justice division in the Pretoria office. He served in the South African Police Service for 36 years, the last nine years of which were as Assistant Commissioner (Major General) and Head of Operational Coordination at headquarters in Pretoria. In May 2004 Johan took early retirement from the SAPS to join the Tshwane University of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in policing. In 2011 he was appointed as a Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Police Practice at the University of South Africa. Johan has a Masters degree in Strategic Studies and a D Tech in Policing.
Lauren Tracey joined the ISS in April 2009 as the First Sarah Meek Fellow and then as a Researcher in the Arms Management Programme in 2011. Her research focused on Small Arms Light Weapons (SALW) issues in Southern Africa as well as on the developmental implications of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and efforts to mitigate such Threats or actual use in Africa. In May 2012 she joined the Governance, Crime and Justice Division of the ISS as a Researcher. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and is currently pursuing her Masters in Political Studies/International Relations.
Lizette (Meyer) Lancaster joined the ISS Crime and Justice Programme in March 2010 as a consultant. She is the Project Manager of the Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub. The aim of the Hub is to be the single most comprehensive source of information and analysis on crime, criminal justice and crime prevention in South Africa. She holds a BCom LLB and MA (Development Studies). She has an empirical research background specialising in the design, implementation and reporting on large scale health and security surveys and she has been involved in business management for over 10 years. She is the former Head of Research at Development Research Africa.
Sebastian Gatimu joined the ISS in June 2014 as a researcher in the Governance, Crime and Justice division in the Nairobi office. Before joining the ISS Sebastian was the Governance and Human Rights Programme Manager with Trocaire Ireland covering Sudan and South Sudan. Before that he worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Horn of Africa Region as Regional Senior Program Officer in charge of regional programme development and field support. He also worked with Plan International in various capacities. Sebastian has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Nairobi.