Stemi Conference Speakers 2019

Keynote Speaker

Dr Pali Lehohla

Statistician General of South Africa, a position he held since November of 2000. He was the Chair of Africa Symposium for Statistical Development (ASSD), a country led initiative established in 2006 and the aim of which is to put statistical evidence at the centre of policy in Africa. From 2005 to 2010 he served in a variety of portfolios. He was Chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission, Chair of Statistics Commission Africa and also Chair of PARIS21 a global partnership for statistical development in the 21st Century. He is also the Chair for the Sub-Group on Harmonization of Statistics in Africa

He has served as an advisor to in-conflict, post-conflict and fragile political environments. In this regard he was Chief Advisor to the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MOC) of the 2008 Population and Housing Census of Sudan which was part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005

He served as a UN envoy to the Census of Cambodia in 1998. He undertook a Population Census readiness mission in Afghanistan in 2008 and another in Iraq in 2009. He is Vice President of the International Statistics Institute (ISI) and led the hosting of the 57th Session of the ISI held in Durban South Africa in 2009.

Under his leadership he has established partnerships with universities in South Africa in advancing tuition of statistical training, research and applications in state planning. Of note is the establishment of the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) at the University of Stellenbosch. Under the auspices of the Africa Census Analysis Project (ACAP), he initiated a series of publications on the Demography of South Africa as primary tuition material for higher learning and advancing pan-African scholarship.

The first book on the South African series was published in 2005.

He obtained his degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with double major in Statistics and Economics, undertook post-graduate studies in demography from the United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies (UNRIPS) at the University of Ghana and Senior Executive Programme jointly awarded by Wits and Harvard Universities. Dr Lehohla holds Honorary Doctorates (Doctor of Commerce ) from the University of Stellenbosch and Doctor of Science from the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

All The Speakers


Andile Siphamandla


Dr. Harry Wiggins


Kesigan Govender

Dr Vasythavan Gopaul Govender

Dr Vasythavan Gopaul Govender


Tyrone van Balla


Vernon Norton


Simplicity Dywili


Ridhaa Benefeld

Zelda photo

Zelda Janse van Rensburg

Milton Milaras​

Milton Milaras

Prof Tracey McKay

Prof Tracey McKay

jonathan freese

Jonathan Freese