Key personnel

Dr David Monyae

Tel: 011 559 7501

Dr David Monyae is Co-Director of the UJCI. An international relations and foreign policy expert, he holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. He previously served as Section Manager: International Relations Policy Analysis at the South African Parliament, providing strategic management, parliamentary foreign policy formulation, and monitoring and analysis services. Prior to that he served as Policy Analyst at the Development Bank Southern Africa (DBSA), where he undertook extensive research on Regional Economic Communities (RECS) in Africa, with a special focus on infrastructure investment opportunities for the DBSA. He also designed and launched the DBSA’s Policy Briefs and Working Papers, and represented the Bank on major infrastructure projects in Africa. He also formed part of the South African academic delegations at meetings of the India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum in 2010 and the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summits in Beijing in 2011, New Delhi in 2012, and Durban in 2013. For nine years prior to that he lectured on South African foreign policy and African international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published widely and is a respected political analyst, featuring in the national and international media.

Prof Peng Yi


Prof Peng Yi is Co-Director of the UJCI. A native of Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, Prof Peng has a background in law, and has served in various capacities, including lecturing in and researching the legal conflicts between Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China. She has also been involved in civil procedure law. Her term will last until early 2020.

Bhaso Ndzendze

Research Coordinator
Tel:  011 559 7504

Bhaso Ndzendze is the Reserach Coordinator at the UJCI. He is a Masters student in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. His thesis focuses on the economic imperatives of the battle between China and Taiwan for diplomatic recognition by African countries in the 21st century. He has tutored at Wits University, and guest-lectured on issues surrounding war and peace. Bhaso is a member of the Association of Political Studies, and has presented his work at meetings of the South African Historical Association (SAHA). He has also worked with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea on issues of public diplomacy and youth in Southern Africa, and was a registered delegate at the 2018 Japan-Africa Public-Private Sector Forum. He has received numerous awards (including the Sisulu Prize), and has been quoted in international media (in China, the United States, the Philippines, Spain, Greece, and Djibouti) as well as by the Ambassador of the United States. His research encompasses hegemonic stability theory, rational choice theory, Chinese foreign policy, international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, the Chinese economy, economic development and international trade, IR theory, transnational terrorism, the international political economy of energy, and domestic-foreign policy interactions. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book reviews as well as two  books, including a dictionary of current global affairs terminology which is used by the Department of International Relations at Wits University. For a list of his publications, click here.

Michele Liu

Mandarin Lecturer
Tel: 011 559 7500

Michele Liu is a Mandarin teacher at the UJCI, and head of the theoretical education office in the public relations department at Nanjing Tech University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nanjing Tech University. She has taught Business English at Nanjing Tech University for three years, and has worked in its public relations department for nine years. She is the editor of a teaching manual entitled Situation and Policy. She has also contributed to several papers published in renowned Chinese education and research journals.

Sun Wei

Mandarin Teacher
Tel: 011 559 7500

Sun Wei, is a volunteer Mandarin teacher at the UJCI. She also teaches Mandarin at St John’s College in Houghton, Johannesburg, the UJ Metropolitan Academy, and a Chinese school in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. Besides this, she works as an assistant coach in the UJCI Wushu Club. She graduated from Hunan Normal University in China in 2016. In 2014, she was a volunteer English teacher at a primary school in a rural area in China, and in 2015, she taught at a middle school.