Dr Pinkie Mekgwe is the Senior Regional Advisor for Africa and West Asia at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Before joining International IDEA in 2018, Mekgwe was Executive Director for Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg. She also previously served as Deputy Director for International Education and Partnerships at the University of Botswana, and as Programme leads for Education at TrustAfrica, as well as Programme Officer for Research, Gender and the Humanities for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
Previously, she taught courses in gender and literary studies at the universities of Sussex and Botswana. At the latter, she also led the Literary writing programme and was adjudicator on the Bessie Head prize for literature panel. Dr Mekgwe has been a visiting researcher at the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and at Malmo University in Sweden.
She remains a passionate supporter of the creative arts in Africa.