Savo Heleta

Researcher and Educator, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Dr Savo Heleta is a researcher and educator with more than ten years’ experience in higher education, academic research, curriculum development, teaching, research supervision and internationalisation. His research interests include decolonisation of knowledge, higher education internationalisation, international research collaboration, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, climate justice, and social justice advocacy and activism.

A survivor of the Bosnian war, he is the author of Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia (AMACOM Books, 2008). Savo is a researcher and internationalisation specialist at Durban University of Technology in South Africa. Apart from his work in higher education, Savo has worked on post-war peacebuilding and youth leadership development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002) and post-war capacity building and leadership development in South Sudan (2009-2013).

Savo has an undergraduate degree in history and business management from St John’s University in Minnesota, United States, and a Masters degree in conflict transformation and management and a PhD in Development Studies with the focus on post-war reconstruction and peace-building from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. More info and links to his publications can be found at