Elisabeth Sidiropoulos is the Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), an independent foreign policy think-tank based in Johannesburg. She holds an MA in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has headed the Institute since 2005. Before her current appointment she was director of studies at SAIIA from 1999 to April 2005. She was previously research director at the South African Institute of Race Relations and editor of the highly acclaimed Race Relations Survey (now the South Africa Survey), an annual publication documenting political and constitutional developments and socio-economic disparities in South Africa. She is the editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of International Affairs. Her research focus is South Africa’s foreign policy, global governance and the role of emerging powers in Africa. Her most recent work is a co-edited volume on Development cooperation and emerging powers: New Partners or Old Patterns (forthcoming, Zed Books, May 2012).