Adam Habib is an academic, activist, and public intellectual. He is Director of SOAS University of London and previously vice chancellor and principal of University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa. He holds qualifications in political science from the University of Natal, Wits and the City University of New York. Adam is a co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance, an affiliation of research-intensive universities on the continent.
He has published numerous edited books and journal articles over the last three decades in the thematic areas of democratisation and its consolidation in South Africa, philanthropy, inequality, institutional reform, and South Africa’s role in Africa and beyond.