Ebrahim Fakir is the Director of Programs at the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI). He was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship for 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he read for a post-graduate degree in English Literature and was elected onto the Students Representative Council in 1992/1993.
He previously headed the Governance Program at the Electoral Institute (EISA) and was formerly a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies. He worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) in Pretoria and Cape Town and the first democratic Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. He briefly tutored English Literature at the then University of Durban-Westville and regularly contributes to opinion and analysis in the popular press and academic journals. Fakir was visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 2006 and Draper Hills Summer Fellow at the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University for 2011.