Former Members, Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Emer. Phillip V. Tobias

Phillip Vallentine Tobias is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the evolution of humankind. Professor Tobias has been nominated for a Nobel Prize on three occasions, has received 17 honorary doctorates, and was awarded the Order of Meritorious Service of South Africa by former president Nelson Mandela.

Prof. Bruce Sidney Rubidge

Bruce Rubidge is the Director of the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, and Head of the Palaeontology Department of the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published 85 articles in national and international scientific journals on various aspects of vertebrate palaeontology as well as bio- and litho- stratigraphy and sedimentology of Permian-Triasssic rocks of southern Africa. He serves on several national and international heritage and geoscience-related committees.

Prof. John Parkington

John Parkington is Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He undertook both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Palaeolithic Archaeology at Cambridge University in England. His Ph.D. was awarded in 1977, since which time he has been Ad Hominem promoted to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and full Professor.

Dr. Janette Deacon

Janette Deacon previously lectured Archaeology at University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. She is an Archaeologist at the National Monuments Council, and is currently involved with the conservation and management of archaeological sites.

Jacko Maree

Jacko Maree is Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group. He is a director of Liberty Life Group Limited, a former Chairman of The Banking Association (S.A.) and a former Director of the International Monetary Conference. Jacko is a founding member of PAST.

Tina Eboka

Tina Eboka holds degrees in Applied Mathematics (New York) and Textile Engineering (Philadelphia), an MBA in business operations and project management (Philadelphia), and has attended Harvard’s Senior Executive Programme. Tina is the former Director of Group Corporate Affairs at Standard Bank Group.

James Hersov

James is the Executive Chairman of AmatheonAgri Zambia Limited and Head of the Advisory Board of AmatheonAgri Holding NV. He is a Director of AVI Limited and also a Director of and pilot for the “Bateleurs – Flying for the Environment in Africa”. He holds an MA degree from the University of Cambridge. James serves as a Managing Trustee of PAST.

Dr. Phethiwe Matutu

Dr. Matutu currently works for the Department of Science and Technology as General Manager: Human Capital and Science Platforms. Part of her portfolio includes the development of human capital in Science, Engineering and Technology for the National System of Innovation. She has a keen interest in promoting science-related careers among the youth and is committed to promoting women in research.

Terry Timson

With a B. Com from the University of Natal (Durban), Terry has over 20 years in the FMCG Marketing environment, which include companies such as Nestle and Johnson & Johnson. He was a Director of Corporate Marketing at Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank in 2000 and later moved to Standard Bank Group where he held the position of Director Corporate Marketing from 2001 until 2002. From 2003 until 2005 he joined Diners Club SA (Pty) Ltd as Managing Director. Terry is presently CEO of MTN Mobile Money Holdings and MTN Mobile Money SA (Pty) Ltd.

Eric Von Glehn

Eric von Glehn is Managing Director at JP Morgan, responsible for Equity Capital Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eric joined the Board of PAST in 2006.

Dr. C.K. (Bob) Brain
Honorary Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr Bob Brain is a palaeontologist with wide interests in natural history. He is the author of almost 200 publications in this field, including several books, and is currently an Emeritus Curator at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa, an institution at which he has spent much of his working life and where he served as Director for 23 years.