Steven Gruzd

Head of Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Programme

ABOUT Steven

Steven Gruzd is Head of Governance and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He first joined SAIIA in April 2003 as the Research Manager on the NEPAD and Governance Programme, and then in May 2008 became head of the successor programme on Governance and the APRM.

Steven re-joined SAIIA in this capacity in October 2013, having spent two years as Senior Researcher and Diplomatic Liaison at the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. He has published widely on governance and the African Peer Review Mechanism (Africa's self-assessment for good governance), and keenly follows African political developments and South African foreign policy. He has hosted a magazine talk show on the ChaiFM community radio station, and has made numerous other radio and television appearances. Steven holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations, and a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.


  • Governance

  • Research and Development

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