Executive Director

Prof Langa Khumalo
Executive Director


Professor Langa Khumalo is the former Director of Language Planning and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is the current Chair and Coordinator of the Africa Union (AU) IsiZulu Language Commission. He is an expert in Corpus Linguistics and Computational Solutions for the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), which is a Secretariat of the AU. He has been an invited speaker at various conferences and colloquia. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS), a former Language Champion in the Oxford Global Languages program (OGL) for Oxford University Press (UK), a member of the Scientific Board of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS, University of the Western Cape), the Vice President of the African Association for Lexicography (Afrilex), and a member of the inaugural Executive Committee of the Digital Humanities in Southern Africa (DHASA). He is also a member of the Language Policy Review Working Group appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). He initiated and led the development of the isiZulu National Corpus (INC) at UKZN to be the biggest corpus in African Languages, the English- IsiZulu Parallel Corpus (EIPC) and the IsiZulu Oral Corpus (IOC). He is an award-winning author in Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics. He is a member of the SADC Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Scientific Community of Practice. He is a recipient of the Staff Excellence Award (2018) for Excellence in Teaching. He led the effort to develop African languages as languages of research, innovation, teaching and learning in Higher Education through an intellectualization programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal that saw the development of human language technologies and advances in Machine Learning, and other digital solutions.


  • PhD Linguistics, University of Oslo, Norway, 2007.
    MPhil. Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000.

  • MA, University of Zimbabwe, 1997.

  • BA Honours, University of Zimbabwe, 1995.

  • Certificate, Corpus Linguistics, Tuscany Word Centre, Italy, 1999.

  • Certificate, Advanced Leadership Development Program, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2016.

Work experience:

  • Director. University Language Planning and Development




Contact details:

Email: 39151123@nwu.ac.za