Prior to his current appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe served as the Vice-Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand. He was responsible for the University’s daily running and the coordination of operations across all executive portfolios. He held the rotating Vice-Principal post for one year and served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Human Resources, and Transformation. Between 2013 and 2014, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Operations.
Professor Kupe is an active member of several civil society organisations, including the AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. He has been Chairman of the Board of Media Monitoring Africa since 2005 and the inaugural convener of Judges for the Discovery Health Journalism Awards. He also serves on the board of a major private company and is a member of the International Association of Media and Communication Research.