About Us

BRICS Research Institute

BRICS Research Institute was established by a team of BRICS researchers led by Prof Fulufhelo Netswera, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa supported by Dr Ndivhuho Tshikovhi applied for and acquired funding in 2021 from the NIHSS’s housing the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT). The grant was intended to research the effects of COVID-19 in the BRICS nations and specifically to enquire about the linkages between entrepreneurship, agriculture and climate change during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this NIHSS grant came conditions that, among others, the BRICS research team should host a BRICS academic conference, a postgraduate student forum, fund student/staff capacity development, plan and publish journal articles or book chapters from contributions at these academic forums and exchanges.

Project Leads
Dean
Prof Fulu Netswera

Project Lead, Republic of South Africa

Ndivhuho
Dr Ndivhuho Tshikovhi

Project Lead, Republic of South Africa

Meet Our Supporting Team Members for BRICS Project 2.0
Prof Elton Fernandes - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Prof Bruno De Conti - University of Campinas, Brazil
Prof Andrea Santos - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Prof Maria Apanovich - Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia
Prof Sergei Smirnov - Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
Prof Sriram Divi - Pandit Deendayal Energy University, India
Prof Jiejin Zhu - Fudan University, China
Prof Xiaolong Zou - Jilin University, China
Meet Our Supporting Team Members for BRICS Project 1.0
Ms Milena Megre Melasippo Felipeto - University of Campinas, Brazil
Dr Marina Costa Esteves Coutinho - Durham University, United Kingdom. Executive Director of ILAJUC, Brazil
Dr Roman Chukov - Institute of Economy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Mr Bhanu Joshi - Brown University, United States of America, from India
Mr. Alex Wang - Youthink Center, China
Prof Jiejin Zhu - Fudan University, China
Zamaswazi Pretty Cele - Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Fiona Langry - Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Project Staff
    Zama
    Zamaswazi Cele

    Research Coordinator, CoP Coordinator

    Zamaswazi.cele@bricsri.co.za

    Lucille
    Lucille August

    Finance Coordinator

    Lucille.august@bricsri.co.za

    Aifani
    Aifani Tahulela

    Project Coordinator, Research Coordinator

    Aifani.tahulela@bricsri.co.za

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    Lillie Ferriol Prat

    Project Assistant, Research Assistant, Book Publication Coordinator, Website Manager

    info@bricsri.co.za