Dr. Savo Heleta is a researcher and educator at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His research and teaching interests range from post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building; higher education in post-war settings; social justice advocacy and activism; international migration; decolonization of knowledge; to higher education internationalization.
Savo holds a DPhil in Development Studies and MPhil in Conflict Transformation and Management from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa and BA in History and Business Management from St. John's University, Minnesota, United States.
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Savo lived through the Bosnian war in the 1990s. He wrote about his wartime experience in ‘Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia’ (AMACOM Books, 2008).
Dr. Savo has published peer-reviewed papers in African Security Review, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, Transformation in Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, Africa Insight, Journal for Development and Leadership, Commonwealth Youth and Development, as well as chapters in three books published by Routledge. He has also published in The Conversation, Africa is a Country, Mail & Guardian, Daily Maverick, University World News, Sudan Tribune and other publications.