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 Li Boasheng

Professor Li Baosheng obtained his B.Eng. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Jilin University, China, in 2006. He received his M.Eng. from the School of Materials and Chemical Engineering at Zhejiang University, China, in 2008. He went on to pursue his PhD at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and received his PhD from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2013.

He continued to work as a research fellow at NTU for one year until 2014, and then worked as a group leader in the Graphene and Energy Storage Research Center of China Energine International (Holdings) Limited. He joined Nanjing Tech University as an associate professor in 2015. From 2016 until 2018, he also managed a school-run enterprise.