Prof. Adam Habib

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Witwatersrand

  • Professor Adam Habib is a South African scholar, researcher, and public intellectual with over 30 years of academic and administration expertise in the fields of education, democracy, and development. He is currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a former Chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. Prior to joining the University of Witwatersrand, Prof. Habib served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg.

    Transformation, democracy, and inclusive development are fundamental themes of Prof. Habib’s research. His book South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects has informed debates around the country’s transition into democracy, as well as its prospects for inclusive development. His latest book, Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall, provides an insight into the recent student protests in South Africa.

    In addition to serving as a fellow of both the African Academy of Science and the Academy of Science of South Africa, he was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.