Consortium Members

  • Godwin Adeboye

    University of the Western Cape


    Godwin Adeboye is a First-Class graduate in religious studies from the University of Ibadan, in addition to a Master in Philosophy of religion from the same. Also, he has earned his academic development from University of Pretoria, South Africa (MTh), VID Specialized University, Norway and ECWA Theological Seminary Igbaja, Nigeria. He is the winner of the Does God Exist International Science and Faith scholarship essay competition in Michigan, 2013

  • Akca, Ayşe Almıla

    Institute for Islamic Theology at Humboldt-University Berlin.


    Dr. Ayşe Almıla Akca received her PhD at the Institute of Islamic Studies/Freie Universität Berlin in 2018 with an ethnographic study on legitimisation and authorisation of Islamic knowledge in mosque associations in Germany (awarded with the DAVO-Dissertationspreis 2019). Her research includes Islamic-religious knowledge and religious practices of Muslims in Europe, Practical Theology and ethnographic research.

  • Stork, Juliane

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


    Juliane Stork (born 1991 in Berlin) is the John S. Mbiti Research Fellow at the Research Programme for Religious Communities and Sustainable Development. She pursues a PhD on "The Production of Theology in African Independent Christianity - the Case of Ecology in the Zion Christian Church in South Africa".

  • Gallant, Muhammad Ridwaan

    Muslim Judicial Council


    He is presently the Head of the Environmental Desk at the Muslim Judicial Council. He is also the MJC representative on SAFCEI. He has been the Imaam and Khatib at various Masajid in Cape Town.
    He is very active in supplying the community information on environmental ethics. He is presently starting eco-congregations in the communities. He has published many research papers on Islam, Science as well as on Environmental issues at various conferences in many countries.

  • Maheshvari Naidu

    University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Öhlmann, Philipp

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


    Philipp Öhlmann is the head of the Research Programme in Religious Communities and Sustainable Development. Philipp conducted extensive research on African Initiated Churches and development cooperation. He is the executive editor of the newly-established open access journal Religion & Development. Prior to his academic career, Philipp worked as a programme officer for inter-church aid at the German Protestant Churches' Development Agency, Brot für die Welt.

  • Sakupapa, Teddy

    University of the Western Cape in South Africa


    Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Theology and teaches ecumenical studies and social ethics. Originally from Zambia, his research traverses the fields of ecumenical studies, systematic theology and social ethics, decoloniality, African theology and the history of Christianity in Africa on which he has published several articles and book chapters. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Tradition.

  • Geke van Vliet

    University of Pretoria


    Geke van Vliet is joining SAGRaS as a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. She has finished a Research Master in Theology and a Master of Divinity at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Next to her studies, she has worked as a youth worker in the Protestant Church in Amsterdam. Within SAGRaS she will focus on the contribution of especially young people in mainline churches in South Africa and Germany to socio-ecological transition.

  • van Wyk, Tanya

    University of Pretoria (South Africa)


    Dr Tanya van Wyk is Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics and Spirituality at the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Her current research foci include political theology, feminist theology and ethics and religion and sustainable development with a focus on gender equity. She is the Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of her Faculty and is currently a research fellow with the Programme for Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University.