Auriel Niemack


Currently based in Goma, Auriel is a researcher with extensive experience in foreign policy analysis, governance, climate change and health, and political risk in South Africa, Japan and South-East Asia.

Auriel has worked in various organisations including the South African Institute of International Affairs (South Africa), Mitsubishi Research and Consulting (Japan), Human Rights Watch (Indonesia), and ECPAT (Thailand). She attended the University of Johannesburg for her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Economics, and her BA Honours in Politics. She was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and completed a Masters in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, while working at the South African Institute of International Affairs. In 2011 Auriel was also one of nine young professionals awarded the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. During her Peace Fellowship at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, Auriel worked on health security issues and participated in Rotary projects in her community.

Auriel’s research interests focus on human security, peace and development. During her time at ICU she worked as a research assistant at the Bangkok office of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), and she worked as a research assistant for a Human Rights Watch researcher in Jakarta, Indonesia. She worked within the Department for Public Service and Administration, and the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, focusing on compliance, M&E and governance. Auriel has also undergone training in conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation at the International Peace and Security Institute, hosted by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy, as well as further courses in security studies at the United Nations University, in Shibuya, Tokyo, and in M&E in South Africa. Tenacious, resourceful and passionate about her work, Auriel is considered to be a problem-solver by past employers and colleagues. Her objectives include working for organisations that focus on the well-being of people, through projects that include partnerships with communities, civil society, governments and the private sector.

An intrepid traveller, Auriel enjoys exploring new places, including those within her home country. Auriel enjoys hiking, jogging, music and sketching.

  • Work
    • Department of Public Service and Administration
  • Education
    • MA Public Policy