Vasu Gounden, ACCORD Founder and Executive Director, receives honorary Doctorate from University of KwaZulu-Natal

ACCORD Founder and Executive Director Vasu Gounden (Left) after being awarded an honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Joining Dr Gounden for the picture were Professor Cheryl Potgieter (Centre) and Dr Zweli Mkhize (Right)


ACCORD Founder and Executive Director, Vasu Gounden, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in recognition of his contribution to the field of Peace and Security globally.



The university, on its website, notes that under his guidance ACCORD is contributing to policy and conflict management capacity in the United Nations, the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and National Governments, and has developed into the largest Conflict Resolution organisation in Africa, making significant contributions to peace and security in Africa. The university states that he is being recognised for his distinctive service and significant contribution to Conflict Resolution and the discipline of Peace and Security globally; and that in conferring the honorary degree, the University of KwaZulu-Natal recognises him as a major contributor to the field of peace and security and honours him for his nobility of spirit to stand up for peace and justice for the most vulnerable of citizens.

To read the full article on the ACCORD website, click here.

Dr Gounden’s keynote address, presented at the 2016 UKZN Graduation on 11 April 2016, is available to read here.