Dr WP Wahl developed a scholarly interest in cognitive education during his post-graduate studies in Theology and Higher Education Studies. In 2011 he obtained an interdisciplinary PhD, focusing on the application of Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) in the field of religious education. Dr Wahl is currently the Director: Student Life at the University of the Free State (UFS) – South Africa – and in this capacity he leads an innovative research project evaluating the ways in which the theory and applied systems of Feuerstein’s MLE can enhance the developmental ecology of higher education students; especially students hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this research project he has established both national and international partnerships within the field of cognitive education. Dr Wahl is well experienced in collaborating on an international level through joint projects. He is the current Vice President: Africa for the International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP) and served as an executive board member of the International Association for Cognitive Education in Southern Africa (IACESA) between 2017 and 2018. In order to continue with IACESA’s mandate, he founded the Institute for the Advancement of Cognitive Education (IACE) in 2019; a non-profit organisation that aims to advance cognitive education in ways that are relevant to the 21st century. Dr Wahl’s scholarly contribution is substantiated by research publications, conference presentations, and he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA). He also supervises post-graduate students at the UFS’ School for Higher Education Studies.