Wilmot James, Ph.D. is a visiting professor at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the School of International and Public Affairs. An academic and former politician from Cape Town, South Africa, he is the author of 3 and editor or co-editor of 14 books that include the presidential speeches of Nelson Mandela. He built his academic career in the US, UK and South Africa in public policy relevant areas such as immigration, refugee protection, electoral reform, bioscience and health. Dr. James led the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) which assisted in the transition to democracy in South Africa. Starting in 2009, he served as a Member of Parliament for the official opposition directing most recently the health portfolio until stepping down in June 2017.