Dr. Martin Kaggwa

Executive Research Director

Dr Martin Kaggwa is the Executive Research Director at the Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI), since 2013 and plays diverse roles as a Researcher, Academic and Development Consultant in the interdisciplinary area of Economics, Technology and Science Policy. He has more than 15 years’ experience of Research, Consulting and Executive Management.

Amongst others, his research at SATRI focuses on understanding how the performance of the extractive and energy sectors is and the Just Transition movement, the 4IR and technology related matters, covid-19 and its effects in workplaces, and how all these can contribute to national and local development needs.

He has authored a number of policy-oriented technical reports, scholarly articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, books, books chapters, policy briefs and newspaper opinion pieces.

He holds a PhD in Technology Management, a Masters and Bachelor degree in Economics and has attended a number of specialized trainings on Extractives and Sustainable Development.

Lerato Mathibedi

Executive Assistant To The Research Director

Lerato joined the Sam Tambani Research Institute in 2014 and reports to the Executive Research Director of the institute.Before joining SATRI, she worked as a Research Assistant and Tutor at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), a Secretary to the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Correctional Services, and at Human Resource Management (HRM) Intern at the Independent Development Trust (IDP). She is responsible for the operational and administrative functioning of the institute and possesses prior experience in recruitment & selection, training & development, and general HR Administration.

She holds a B-Tech in Human Resource Management from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and certificates in Project Management and Public Relations from UNISA and a Toastmaster’s certificate in Public Speaking. She is a member of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM).

Pulane Mafoea Nkalai

Senior Research Specialist

Pulane is a Senior Research Specialist at the SATRI since 2015 and holds over 13 years’ experience in project management, strategic planning and facilitation, organizational development and capacity building, budget management, policy development and analysis, and advocacy work and constituency building.

She holds a Masters in Social Science (2007), Honours in Social Science (Industrial Organization and Labour Studies & Community Development) (2006), and Bachelor of Social Science- Community Development (2005), all of which are from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Economic Development and Policy (2013) from Wits University and a Monitoring and Evaluation from University of Pretoria (UP- 2022).

She is professional registered with the ETDP SETA as a registered Facilitator and Assessor (Outcomes based learning).

Her professional areas of expertise are comprised of the following as stated above:

Project management – developed and implemented numerous programs encompassing trainings, community intervention, and information resources and campaigns for trade unions and civil organisations
Strategic planning and facilitation- well-versed in translating missions and goals into operating plans with clear benchmarks and annual objectives.
Organizational development and capacity building –designed and provided technical assistance to community-based and non-governmental organizations in the areas of program development, community assessment, and process/outcome evaluation.
Budget management-extensive background in developing and monitoring program and organizational budgets.
Policy development and analysis– well-versed in assisting trade unions and civil organisations to develop policy positions.
Advocacy work and constituency building– extensive experience in articulating public issues as they relate to economic and social development.