About Ryland Fisher
He is a former Head of the Journalism the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly the Peninsula Technikon). His extensive travels abroad include a stint as a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also spent five weeks at the Harvard Business School in 1997 where he underwent a course in change leadership.
In April 2007, he gave two presentations on race and racism in post-apartheid South Africa at the Athens and Zanesville campuses of Ohio University. He also presented lectures in the Journalism and African Studies Departments there.
In October 2006, he was presented with the Award of Appreciation for Print Media (for “media that transforms the public space”) at an international media conference, called Images of Voices and Hope, in New York. This was in recognition of the One City Many Cultures project which he initiated at the Cape Times.
He continues to write occasionally for several local and foreign publications, and has worked as a special adviser to South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.
He was recently appointed as interim chair of the Hanover Park Foundation, which assists with the upliftment of the area in Cape Town where he grew up.
Ryland is married to Ibtisaan and has three daughters, Nadia, Raisa and Larah.