Our consultants

Prof. Bob Mattes

Political Expert


Professor Robert Mattes started working with Citizen Surveys in 2000 on our socio-political studies. He worked with IDASA before joining the University of Cape Town, where he headed up the Democracy in Africa Research Unit and was a director of the Centre for Social Science Research. In 2016, he was appointed to the University of Strathclyde’s School of Government and Public Policy. He specialises in political behaviour, comparative politics,  democratisation in Africa, legislatures, governance, social identity, survey research, and research design and methodology. He has managed multiple international and national research projects, including the Afrobarometer Study, African Legislatures Project, Comparative National Elections Project and the South African National Elections Study.

Dr Arianne Neethling

Sampling Specialist


Dr Neethling has been working with Citizen Surveys since 2006 on our sampling processes. She has a MSc (cum laude), from the University of Potchefstroom and a PhD in Science (Statistics) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been with the Medical Research Council, the Human Sciences Research Council and currently lectures at the Faculty of Military Science (University of Stellenbosch). She has published widely and is a member of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS). Arianne also advises StatsSA on sampling methodology and is part of the team maintaining South Africa’s most updated national sample frame.

Kenly Fenio

Senior Researcher


Dr Kenly Fenio started working with Citizen Surveys in 2016. She holds a PhD in Political Science (sub-Saharan Africa) from the University of Florida. Kenly is the Director of KGF Pesquisas e Associados in Mozambique, which she established after extensive experience in academia and the public sector. She has 15 years of experience in social research across Africa, including work with the US State Department (INR’s Office of Opinion Research), where she oversaw research across nine eastern/southern African countries. Kenly has also worked in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

Prof. Herman Kruijsse

Associate Analyst


Prof. Herman Kruijsse started to work with us in 2009, and specialises in advanced statistical analysis and modelling. He has over 25 years’ experience as a data analyst and social scientist. He gained his Masters and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He also served as a full professor in Research Methodology as the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, before moving on to consult in research methodology, experimental psychology etc. which has kept him occupied since. Herman assists us to tackle very complex statistical or conceptual problems.