Professor Ben Turok – Director and Editor, New Agenda

Professor Ben Turok was a Member of Parliament in South Africa representing the ruling  African National Congress. In the 1994 democratic government, he was first Head of the Commission on the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) in the Gauteng Provincial Cabinet and then moved to Parliament in 1995. He was the Co-Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Member’s Interests of both Houses in Parliament. Prof Turok was one of the accused at the 1956 Treason Trial, served 3 years in prison and was in exile for 25 years, returning to South Africa in 1990.

Prof. Ben Turok has three degrees in engineering, philosophy and political science. He is the author of 20 books on African development economics and politics. Prof Turok was a lecturer at the Open University in London and has taught at many universities across Africa. He has worked closely with the United Nations and the European Parliamentary Assembly.

Shamielah Booley – Office Administrator

Shamielah has a diploma in foundation phase teaching from Athlone training college as well as a diploma in Business administration from Maurice Secretarial School. She has held numerous positions including at Media24, Constitutional assembly and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Shamielah has worked at IFAA since 2014.


Moira Levy – Production Manager, New Agenda

Moira has worked in media for almost 40 years, with experience in journalism, publishing and public relations. She has been a reporter and an editor on a number of newspapers, including the Mail & Guardian and South (both of which she helped set up), The Star, City Press, Sunday Express, etc, as well as The Guardian and The Financial Times in London. She was head of the media department of the Institute of Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), and was simultaneously manager of its publications department, responsible for producing its diverse publications. For more than five years she was the manager of the Publications and Production department at Parliament’s Communication Services. She resigned recently to start an independent digital newsletter focusing on the news about Parliament that does not reach the public domain.


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