Prof Richard Levin holds a PhD in Political Theory and Institutions from the University of Liverpool, England; a BA Honours in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programme from Harvard/University of the Witwatersrand. He is an accomplished scholar and is currently a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Additionally, he is a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where he chairs the Advisory Board of the Wits School of Governance. He has previously held various academic and lecturing positions at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Swaziland and Liverpool. Prof Levin has held numerous leading roles in the South African Government since 1997. He has served as the Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration (2004-10) as well as the Economic Development Department whose establishment as a new department he led (2010-2012). He was the Director-General of the Office of the Public Service Commission from 2012-2015. He joined the National School of Government in June 2015 as the Principal. He will be responsible for steering the NSG as a centre from which public sector training is coordinated, provided and facilitated, curriculum and training standards directed and as a hub for learning and development.