Russell Wildeman is the UNICEF Social Policy Specialist. Prior, Wildeman was the Project Manager for the University of Johannesburg’s BCURE programme, which focused on increasing the uptake of evidence in government departments. He helped co-ordinate a forum where some of the most senior officials of transversal departments were able to discuss the synchronization of the functioning of central government.
Wildeman was the Programme Manager of the Economic Governance Programme at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and the Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in Africa. At IDASA he worked in various capacities as Education Researcher and Project & Programme Manager. Wildeman’s focus areas were education finance issues, the implementation of key sectoral policies targeted at the poor, coordinating a large Right to Know, Right to Education project, and providing leadership on a host of other projects. His own research interests focuses on the notion of effective schools and the implementation of public finance frameworks in post-apartheid South Africa.
Wildeman holds a Masters in Political Management (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His academic background is in the field of political behaviour and research methodologies.