Matthew Gerstner

Who are you?

I’m Matthew Gerstner and I’m the chief speechwriter for the Democratic Alliance, one of the political parties in South Africa.

What did you study on the LSE-UCT July School?

I studied the politics course on the state and development in Africa, which I found to be a most illuminating study of the challenges and deficits facing African governance in the 21st century. It has greatly shifted my thinking on approaches to improving governance on this continent.

I was thoroughly impressed at the depth of personal insight and evidence-based knowledge held by Professor Mkandawire.

How was your experience of Cape Town?

I am from Cape Town but for two weeks I got to see the city through the eyes of a foreign student, which showed me things about the city that I would ordinarily overlook.




Matthew Gerstner