Wednesday, 20 May 2020
16:00 – 17:00

Covid-19 and the Emerging World Order

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Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg


Professor Alex Broadbent, Director, Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg.


Dr. David Masondo, Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of South Africa.

Mr. Grant Harris, former Advisor to President Barack Obama on Issues Related to sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Dong Wang, Executive Director, Institute for Global Cooperation  and Understanding (IGCU), Peking University, Beijing, China.

Dr. Oluwaseun Tella, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020
16:00 – 17:00

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Covid-19 and the Emerging World Order

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for the Future of Knowledge (IFK) will be holding a webinar on Covid-19 and the Emerging World Order on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 16:00.

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 and the global powers’ actions and inactions have ignited debates on the post-Covid-19 world order. While the current world order was already at a crossroads prior to the emergence of the pandemic partly due to the United States’ (US) retreat from international affairs, “America First” posture, and the rise of the rest (China in particular); US slow response during this global crisis has presented an opportunity for China to fill the leadership gap in the fight against the pandemic. This begs critical questions: Has the pandemic changed the world order? Has the US global influence further declined? How has Covid-19 changed China’s global position? In light of the pandemic, what is the future of globalisation? What is the role of the United Nations (UN) in the emerging global order? Will post-Covid-19 mark post-America world? Will African regional powers such as South Africa and Nigeria play a significant role in post-Covid-19 world order?

Dr. David Masondo

Dr. David Masondo, is the Deputy Finance Minister for South Africa. He obtained his PhD at New York University and his prior degrees (BA Hons & MA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has held various political and management positions in government, including serving as the Finance MEC in Limpopo and also served as the CEO of the Automotive Industry Development Center under the Gauteng Provincial Government . Dr. Masondo is a National Executive member of the ANC. He has an abiding passion for education and has lectured on various topics in political economy at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is founding chairperson of the Topisa Trust, which provides ongoing support to youth to promote education, sport and cultural excellence in villages in Limpopo.

Mr. Grant Harris

Mr. Grant Harris is a former principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Africa. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Harris Africa Partners LLC. Mr. Harris is also an Adjunct Professor of Global Management at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he teaches on doing business in Africa, and a Lecturer at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches on doing business in emerging markets.

Professor Dong Wang

Professor Dong Wang is Executive Director of the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding (iGCU) at Peking University. He also holds a university administrative post as the Deputy Director of Office for Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University. Dr. Wang received his bachelor Peking University and Ph.D. from UCLA. Concurrently Dr. Wang sits on the advisory committees of a number of prestigious academic institutions as well as the editorial boards of several leading academic journals. Dr. Wang has published extensively in leading academic and media outlets such as Diplomatic History, the Pacific Review, Foreign Affairs (forthcoming) and the New York Times. He is author of Re-globalization: When China Meets the World Again (Routledge, 2020, forthcoming) and co-editor of US-China Relations: Power Transition and Its Implications for Europe and Asia (Routledge, 2020, forthcoming). Dr. Wang has received many prestigious awards including: Munich Young Leader (2016) and Preeminent Young Scientist (2018) of Beijing (ranked No. 1 in the category of humanities and social sciences).

Dr. Oluwaseun Tella

Dr. Oluwaseun Tella is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Dr. Tella is the editor of the book entitled Nigeria-South Africa Relations and Regional Hegemonic Competence. His research interests include Foreign Policy, International Relations, Soft Power, and  Peace and Conflict Studies.