Heinrich Matthee was born in Cape Town in 1964 and grew up in Stellenbosch, where he attended Paul Roos Gymnasium and studied at Stellenbosch University (BA-LLB 1986).
He later obtained a BA Honours in Strategic Studies (UNISA), a Master in International Studies (University of Birmingham, UK) and a Dr. Phil. in political science (Marburg University, Germany 2008). He is a member of the SA Academy for Science and Art.
After working as a prosecutor and magistrate in the Western Cape, he was a researcher on Africa at the Centre for Military Studies, University of Stellenbosch (1997-2001), a researcher and editor of the Emirates Occasional Papers at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2001-2005), and a Middle East analyst at Control Risks, London, UK (2005-2009).
He has written articles for Afrikaans and European popular news media as well as academic articles and book chapters on conflicts, energy geopolitics, religion and identity politics. He currently is a Netherlands-based political analyst and strategy advisor to companies active in the Middle East. He is married and has two children.
Muslim identities and political strategies, Kassel University Press, 2008
Kultuurvryheid en selfbestuur: Keuses van klein groepe wêreldwyd (Ed), Kraal-Uitgewers, 2017