At the occasion of the 2012 “South African Women in Science Awards” (WISA), held on 24 August 2012, the Minister of Science and Technology (Mrs DNM Pandor) presented to Prof Annet Wanyana Oguttu the 2012 “Distinguished Women in Science Award: Social Sciences and Humanities” (second runner-up) for “outstanding contribution to building South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base”.
Prof Oguttu completed her LLD in Tax Law at Unisa in 2008. She is the second woman to have completed a doctorate in Tax Law at a South African university and the first black woman to do so. She is currently a professor of Tax law in the Department of Mercantile Law at Unisa – the first black woman to hold the position of full professor in the College of Law at Unisa. She is the subject head of the Tax Law group; as such she is at the forefront of lecturing and developing new qualifications and modules in Tax Law, as well as supervising postgraduate dissertations and theses in Tax Law.
In 2009, she pursued postdoctoral studies in International Tax Law at the University of Michigan, and received an award in recognition of her academic excellence and outstanding contribution to the intellectual community of the University of Michigan.
Prof Oguttu is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C2 rated researcher. She is the first black woman to receive an NRF rating in the College of Law at Unisa. She was also a recipient of the “Unisa 2011 Women of the Year Award” and the “Unisa 2010 Top Performer Award”.
Prof Oguttu has published 23 articles in top national and international journals, of which 18 are in peer-review journals on topics relating to international tax taw and she has written three book chapters. She has presented lectures on various international tax law topics at national and international conferences. The relevance of Prof Oguttu’s publications are due to the fact that when South Africa was excluded from international affairs because of apartheid, its international tax laws did not develop at the same pace as that of its trading partners.
There are, however, very few South African researchers in the field of International Tax Law since most experts in the field are in private practice. Her publications have thus contributed to alleviating the current dearth of information on international tax law issues from a South African perspective. Prof Oguttu is a member of the Editorial Board of the Global Studies Journal and she has peer-reviewed many tax law articles for various national and internationally accredited journals.
*Story submitted by Lessiah Mtshweni