Umesh Bawa

Umesh is a member of the Board of Directors of Zakheni, is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. He is the former coordinator of the Masters in Psychology training programme for students in professional psychology at the university.  Mr. Bawa has also served as a senior team member on key community engagement research projects led by the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences, is a member of the executive of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), the professional organisation of all psychologists in South Africa where he serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee of PsySSA. He has worked in the fields of violence rehabilitation, trauma and human rights in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Chile. He has also served on the Council for the International Society for Health and Human Rights, and was until recent, the Director of the Children for Tomorrow- South Africa. The project provides free psychological services for children traumatised by violence in impoverished communities in the Western Cape. His research and training interests include, the psychological effects of violence on children, trauma counselling, the re-integration of ex-combatants and child soldiers in post-conflict countries, and safety and peace promotion. He is a published researcher with articles in the SAPSE accredited Journal of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).