PEN SA Board Member Sisonke Msimang Joins WiSER

12 Feb 2019
PEN SA Board Member Sisonke Msimang Joins WiSER

The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) recently announced 10 new additions to their team for 2019, including professors, researchers, fellows and artists in residence.

PEN SA would warmly like to congratulate board member Sisonke Msimang on being selected as a WiSER Writing Fellow for the year.

She is the author of the stellar memoir, Always Another Country, shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Her biography The Resurrection of Winne Mandela has just appeared.

In addition to these books, Sisonke is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and to the websites, Africa Is a Country and the Daily Maverick. She is also a frequent guest on the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Before turning to writing full time, she was director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), and a consultant on issues of gender and social justice.

Sisonke holds an undergraduate degree from the prestigious liberal arts college Macalester College, Minnesota and an MA in Political Science from UCT. She was a Yale World Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012. In 2015, she was a Ruth First Fellow at Wits University.