Gareth studied at Wits University, obtaining a masters degree in sociology before entering the world of politics in 2001. Up until 2012, he worked for the Democratic Alliance in various different capacities, most of which involved communications and political analysis. He now works in Johannesburg, as the Head of Politics and Governance for the South African Institute of Race Relations. He writes a weekly online column for BusinessLIVE, and sometimes for Business Day, something he has been doing since 2010. He is a liberal, a humanist and a published author but, most of all, a political animal with a deep love for ideas and argument.You can contact Gareth at: garethvanonselen@gmail.com