He said: “This is a really difficult message for me to communicate. Professor Adam Habib shares his thoughts on leaving Wits at the end of 2020. Professor Habib, who has led the Johannesburg institution since 2013, will step down from his current role in December and join SOAS in January 2021. He will take up the position of Director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Heading to the UK for a while, he warns the lawless to not be too comfortable. Adam Mahomed Habib (born 1965) is a South African professor of political geography, incoming director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London as of 1 January 2021, and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. University of Witwatersrand vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib has announced his exit from the university after eight years. The SOAS Board of Trustees has appointed Professor Adam Habib as the next Director of SOAS. Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and well-known public intellectual. He has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) … Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, has been appointed director of SOAS University of London.. The vice-chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, Adam Habib, and academic Professor Jonathan Jansen took to their respective social media pages … Adam Habib is leaving a Wits legacy that he is proud of.