Professor Issa Shivji is currently Director of Nyerere Resource Centre, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology. He is a retired Professor of Public Law and first incumbent of Julius Nyerere Professorial Chair in Pan-African Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 1991 he led the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters which made a comprehensive report on land reform in the country. Professor Shivji has authored over a dozen books and many monographs and numerous published articles. His latest book, a biography of the country’s first president Julius Nyerere, authored in collaboration with two colleagues, was published in 2020.