Jan Persens is the Director of International Relations at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Formerly, he was Professor of Mathematics at this institution. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from Cornell University. His publications straddle the fields of mathematics, mathematics education, international education and indigenous knowledge systems. His work in mathematics has been cited in international publications, and he has co-supervised and is co-supervising several post-graduate students. In 1995 Dr. Persens became Vice-President of the African Mathematical Union (AMU) for Southern Africa, and he was the President of the AMU from 1999 to 2004.