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Maimouna Saidi Abass
Curtin University,
Interests: Environmental issues in the plant quarantine and phytosanitary sector, Zambia and Australia.


Mrs Malmouna Abass Luangala
Curtin University
Interests: Environmental and Agricultural Entomology in Africa. Specialist in Agricultural Research and Plant Protection and Quarantine issues in Zambia. Recent work includes study of impact of degradation of of an urban remnant on Formicidae and Coleoptera (Curtin University). Previous researches include work on Fruit Flies, fumigation related issues, food safety work in Zambia..


Prof. Simon Adams
Monash University
Interests: Southern Africa history; Peace and conflict studies; Liberation movements and state development in Africa; Foreign policy.

South Africa, Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda

Frank Akampa
University of Kabale department-of-environment-and-natural-resource
Interests: Tourism planning and development, environmental management and climate change projects in South Western Uganda, Western Uganda and various parts of Rwanda. Specific areas that I have worked on are community-based tourism around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (S.W.Uganda), conservation management projects around Queen Elizabeth National Park, and climate change assessment, mitigation and adaptation in Kabale district, S.W. Uganda. Recent work was on land management, agricultural productivity and sustainable utilization of natural resources in Kamuganguzi Sub County, Kabale district, S.W. Uganda.

South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda

Robyn Alders
University of Sydney
Robyn Alders
Interests: Robyn Alders (BVSc,USyd; PhD, ANU) is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney and a Director of the KYEEMA Foundation. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in Africa as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in rural areas in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Robyn’s time in Africa commenced in 1989 with a truly enjoyable 3 years in Zambia, followed by a remarkable 12 years in Mozambique and 10 months in Angola most recently which helped to brush up her Portuguese. To date she has visited and collaborated with colleagues in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs.


Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh
Macquarie University,
Interests: Migration, Criminology, child studies & family sociology. My current research explores the informal entrepreneurial activities of Nigerian immigrants in Ghana.

Ghana, Nigeria

Zafu Assefa
Curtin University
Interests: Zafu Assefa Teferi is a PhD candidate at Curtin University. His research interest lies on sustainable urbanization and sustainable housing transformation in Africa. His current PhD thesis focuses on sustainable improvement of slum housing in Africa: with particular focus in Ethiopia. The thesis evaluates the ability of the Sustainable Development Goals to provide an integrated framework for slum improvement in Africa.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya

Dr. Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
Deakin University
Interests: Samantha Balaton-Chrimes is a Lecturer in International Studies at Deakin University. Her past and current research focuses on citizenship, citizen empowerment, and human rights in both empirical and theoretical terms, particularly in the context of Kenya. Samantha has been involved in specific research on statelessness, ethnic politics, livelihoods, land rights, labour rights, private regulation of human rights in the context of global business practices. Samantha is available to offer expert commentary on all issues relating to Kenyan politics.


Dr Noah Bassil
Macquarie University, Deptartment of Modern History, Politics and International Relations
Interests: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, also holds a position with the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University. Noah's interests include global political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the political economy of uneven north-south relations. Noah has published on a range of topics associated with colonialism and post-colonialism and most recently published a book titled "The Crisis of the Sudanese Postcolonial State" which re-examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur by contextualizing events in Sudan within broader regional and international patterns of politics, economics and culture. Noah is currently researching into the global, regional and national power relations that have emerged following the Arab uprisings.

Egypt, Libya, Sudan

Lawrence G. Boakye
The University of Sydney ,
Interests: Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. Lawrence has quite an appreciable level of experience in development work having had stints, during his undergraduate studies, with ActionAid Ghana (Brong Ahafo Region Development Programme) and World Vision Ghana where he led two separate teams consisting of tertiary students drawn mainly from KNUST as well as other universities in Ghana to undertake Transformational Development Indicators (TDI) surveys prior to the establishment of the Kintampo South and Fanteakwa Districts Area Development Programmes. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies in 2008, he undertook his one year national service with the Inland Valleys Rice Development Project (IVRDP), a defunct African Development Bank (AfDB) funded agriculture water management project in Ghana. He stayed on the project as a Technical Officer after his national service organizing and co- ordinating various project activities until project closure in mid-2012. His supportive role helped him learn a lot about managing development-oriented projects and also gain insights about development work. Lawrence is currently undertaking postgraduate research studies on an Australia Awards Scholarship at The University of Sydney, Sydney-Australia. He started his MPhil studies with the Project Management Programme of the School of Civil Engineering in March 2013. His research focuses on the causes of failure of International Development (ID) projects. He is passionate about contributing to the interchange of ideas between academia and industry so that academic research can have practical outcomes. His aim is to contribute in helping the developing world adopt good managerial practices in the delivery of development projects.


Lorraine Bowan
University of NSW
Interests: National Human Rights Institutions, Human Rights Law, human rights courts and cases, Judicial Corruption, Polygamy, Child Trafficking Rights to Fair Trial, and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Lorraine has completed an internship in Sierra Leone and three in Ghana, the last two being with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Accra. She has been an observer in the High Court, Human Rights Division, and has an interest in further work in this field. She has a Masters in Human Rights law and Policy (University of New South Wales) and is currently a candidate for the Jurs Doctor, UNSW.

Ghana, Sierra Leone

Tim Budge
Deakin University
Interests: Tim is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research focuses on the informal settlements in Southern Africa and their capacity for self-mobilisation and community organising.

Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Dr Jean Burke
Australian Catholic university
Interests: Interests: Social work lecturer and Swahili translator with a focus on East Africa. PhD in community development and HIV with special focus on mothers with HIV and infant feeding. Current work looks at human rights and interventions to support Tanzanians with albinism, and Swahili-speaking communities in Australia, with particular focus on their interpreting and translation needs.


Edgar Manuel Cambaza
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Interests: I research on food science, technology, safety, security, nutrition and health in Mozambique, especially Maputo City.


Dr Julie Cliff
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Interests: Public health, health policy, communicable disease control and prevention, cassava-related diseases


Paul Cocks
Loyola College
Interests: The history of social anthropology in southern Africa with a particular focus on Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland and South Africa

Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa

Dr Graeme Counsel
University of Melbourne,
Interests: Culture, History, Politics, Music. Dr Counsel's research examines music as an expression of cultural identity, nationalism, and political struggle. His publications examine the nexus between African politics and the arts, and explore the ways in which cultural policies shape cultural expression. His recent applied research projects have been funded by the British Library and have provided the basis for publications on topics including music and coups, research resources in Africa, and archives in Africa. Dr Counsel has extensive fieldwork experience in West Africa and has worked closely with government ministries in Guinea, Mali, Senegal and The Gambia. He has coordinated archival, preservation and digitisation projects at national archives, radio stations, and libraries. His cultural preservation projects at Radio Télévision Guinée were exhibited at Guinea's National Museum, and among his grants are three Major Research Project Awards through the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme. Dr Counsel teaches at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Faculty of Arts.

Guinea, Mali, Africans Worldwide

Barry Craig
South Australian Museum
Interests: Currently pursuing digitisation of museum collections (see and Managing digitisation of African collections currently held in museums in Australia and New Zealand, following on from the photographing project initiated by David Dorward in the 1990s.

Elizabeth Daley
Mokoro Ltd (UK)
Interests: Land tenure expert, mainly focused on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Practical, policy and research experience on land grabs and large-scale agricultural investment, women’s rights to land, customary tenure, and land registration and systematic titling/tenure regularisation. Recent work on gendered aspects of land grabs and on gender and the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.

Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria, South Sudan

Ms Linda Devereux
University of New South Waies, Canberra
Interests: Linda is currently completing doctoral work on transnational childhoods and the intergenerational effects of violence with a focus on the DRC. She has interviewed survivors of the Stanlyeville (Kisangani) hostage situation in 1964 with a view to identifying factors that helped survivors develop resilience. Linda has published papers relating to her work on issues such as media representations of violence, memory, trauma and the intergenerational effects of violence.

DR Congo

Dr. Bina Fernandez
The University of Melbourne
Bina Fernandez
Interests: Bina Fernandez is Lecturer in Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and is currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2015-18). Previously, she held positions as Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, Associate Lecturer at the University of Oxford-Brookes, and Tutor at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and the University of Oxford. Bina completed her PhD and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific. Bina has a professional background in the development sector, where she has worked extensively with international NGOs, community organisations and governments in multiple countries. Her professional roles have included project management, as well as research and evaluation consultancies. Bina’s research focuses on gender and social policies, draws on her professional experience, and aims to be relevant to policy practice. Her book Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new feminist framework (Ashgate, 2012) presents an innovative new feminist framework for the analysis of policy in developing countries, and has been welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the analysis of the gap between well-intentioned, gender-sensitive policies and their often inadequate implementation. Research interests in Africa Bina’s research interests in Africa are broadly on the contemporary politics of migrations within the continent. Her current research for the DECRA fellowship focuses on focuses on the responsiveness of social policies to the care needs and practices of Ethiopian migrants in Australia and Lebanon. The aim is to examine issues of care (child care, elder care, and care for chronically ill and disabled people) across migrant statuses (asylum seeker, permanently resettled refugee and temporary contract migrant worker) in diverse social policy regimes (Australia, Lebanon and Ethiopia). This research draws on her previous work on the migration of Ethiopian women as domestic workers to countries in the Middle East.

Ethiopia, Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide

Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Anthropology and Sociology University of Western Australia
Interests: Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, at The University of Western Australia, currently working on an ARC Future Fellowship exploring national, transnational and postnational identities. Her research focuses on race relations and migration settlement issues, racism, citizenship and nationalism, and issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers. She has published widely including 3 books, 15 book chapters and more than 45 journal articles, as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies. Her work has identified a range of issues for African-background refugees settling in Australia including employment, mental health, housing and racism.

Africans in Australia

Lydia Gitau
University of Sydney, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Interests: Psychosocial interventions and peacebuilding in post-conflict situations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Examining the relationship between what happens at the individual and community level, and what happens at the national and international level, in peacebuilding processes. Current PhD thesis on the link between interventions for trauma survivors and peacebuilding in South Sudan.

Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda

Nicholas Kariuki Githuku
West Virginia University, Department of History (USA)
Interests: PhD Candidate(December 2013) specializing in postcolonial Kenyan political history inspired by the Post-Election Violence in Kenya in 2007/8 building on a conflict analysis paper written for the International Rotary Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Chulalongkorn: “What Ails Kenya?” (2008). My research focuses on the Mau Mau War as the crucible of the Kenyan state. It traces the evolution of various relics of colonial ideologies since independence, the politics of identity and numbers in contemporary Kenya. Broadly, my research interests include: War & Peace Studies in general; Conflict and Security and Mediation and trends in the Great Lakes and the Horn Regions of Africa; Memorialization of War; Development studies (Sub-Saharan Africa): Postcolonial/Contemporary Kenyan Politics; First and Second World Wars (in Africa); and Eastern Europe (1900-present).

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Emer. Prof. Gareth Griffiths
University of Western Australia, Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong.
Interests: African Literatures in English, and Mission history in Africa. Current Research on the history of early indigenous Christians in Africa and the texts they produced; the interrelationship of gender and race discrimination in apartheid South Africa in the work of South African writer and critic Stephen Gray.

South Africa

Dr Wendy Harte
Griffith University
Interests: My disciplinary area is human geography. My research foci are African refugee resettlement in Australia, specifically settlement and migration; and vulnerability and resilience of informal settlement (squatter/ slum) communities in South Africa.

South Africa

Lucy Hobgood-Brown
Clay International Partners (a consultancy),
Interests: International social development consultant who has lived and worked in 9 countries and who specializes in Democratic Republic of Congo and China. Works with marginalised communities on capacity building programmes (livelihood and poverty alleviation projects) Active with Sydney Development Circle, a free collaborative network open to anyone interested in community development and international aid, which also features an Africa Interest Group which meets every 2 months. We are always seeking expert speakers on a range of topics. If interested or if you have suggestions, please email Lucy.

DR Congo

Assoc. Prof. Paul Huddleston
University of Western Australia, School of Earth and Environment
Interests: Interests: Mining and Regional Development; Regional & Area Development; Rural & Agricultural Development; Farming Systems & Contract Farming; Agricultural Marketing & Analysis; Business Joint-Venture Formation; Project Development & Management ; and, Project Monitoring & Evaluation. Broad sectoral exposure in planning and managing projects in the following sectors: agriculture (farming systems, marketing), water supply (rural: surface and borehole), local and regional development; Business joint venture development, specifically providing economic advice and analytical services to firms establishing business and industrial ventures in developing countries; Provision of advice at the strategic and project levels and at all stages of the program and project cycle, covering both sectoral and country level policy development. Most recent project involved organising and delivering lectures and a study tour for 19 representatives of 6 African and 3 Asian countries under the AusAid funded International Centre for Mining and Development (IM4DC) program being jointly managed by UWA and UQ. Prior to this the most recent assignments included: Head of the Development Sections at the Canadian Embassies in the Philippines and Vietnam with responsibility for the planning and implementation of large sectoral developmental programs;

Ghana, Tanzania, Botswana

Ms Alice Judell
University of Sydney postgraduate_research/research_students.shtml
Interests: Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from the Université Paris 4 – La Sorbonne in Paris (2008), and a Master's degree by coursework in International Studies from the University of Sydney (2009). In 2011, she graduated from a Master's degree by research in International Relations at the Université Paris 1 – La Sorbonne, with a thesis on international e-waste trafficking. She participated in a major international research project on transnational social movements at the 2011 World Social Forum in Senegal. Alice’s research interests are in the fields of Political Sociology, International Relations, food security, global environmental politics and social movements. Alice is currently doing her PhD on food security, sovereignty and land grabbing.Her thesis aims at exploring the intricate relationships between Chinese state-owned agricultural firms present in the Horn of Africa and local stakeholders in Ethiopia and its border regions with Kenya and South Sudan.

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan

Mr Edson Kamba
Mchinji District Health Office, Government of Malawi,,
Interests: Interest: Control of Chronic Diseases and Injuries and Global Health Systems and Policies.


Dr Obakeng Nickerson Kemolatlhe
Murdoch University ,
Interests: District Veterinarian working for Department Of Veterinary Services in the Ministry Of Agriculture in Botswana. Interests: Livestock Disease Control in Botswana. Special focus in major diseases that are of zoonotic and economic importance such as FMD and Rabies. Currently working on long-term solutions on FMD control and export of livestock and livestock commodities from FMD control areas in Botswana.


Christina Kenny
Australian National University
Interests: Gender and sexuality rights, gender based violence, civil and political rights, elections and democracy in modern Kenya. My interdisciplinary doctoral thesis (law, history and anthropology), 'We've agreed to be ruled' - womens' public and private decision making in modern Kenya examines the regulatory and interpersonal dynamics which drive women's choices and behaviours, in both private and public spaces. I focus on sex and sexuality rights, and civil and political rights. I spoke with over 80 women about issues including FGM and sexual and gender based violence, contraception and marriage; as well as perceptions of women's role in public and private live in Kenya, and civic participation and education around the general elections in March 2013. I also monitored the elections with the KHRC.


Mr Mahmoud Khalil
University of Western Australia, Benha University (Egypt)
Interests: Animal & Poultry nutrition, work focus on formulating low cost diets, using alternative ingredients for expensive feedstuffs, improve diets nutritive value, improve growth and Feed conversion efficiency. Current work looks in improving feed conversion efficiency of lupin-based diets with enzymes using Japanese quails as model.


Dr. Nilufa Khanom
Victoria University, Melbourne
Interests: Dr Nilufa is an early career academic, a development practitioner, and a researcher. Currently, she is teaching in the College of Arts, Victoria University, Melbourne. She worked as Lecturer at University of Canberra for 3 years. She has three books and several journal articles published. Nilufa has been awarded with an Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) Research Grants, by the University of New South Wales in Canberra (ADFA) in 2015. She received the Golden Key International Honour Society Membership Award for outstanding academic achievement at the University of Canberra in 2012. She is awarded an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship in 2007 and an Australian Development Scholarship in 2000. She has consultancy experiences with several international projects. Nilufa attended in several prestigious international conferences in UK, Switzerland, Malaysia, China, Japan, Bangladesh and Australia.

Ms Bibianah Munanie Kivito
University of Queensland - Gatton Campus
Interests: specialist in horticulture mainly doing extension work and currently pursuing Masters in Agribusiness. Proposed research area on adoption of Amaranth as a food and nutrition security crop in Kenya.


Doorumun Jacob Kuusu
Charles Sturt University
Interests: Jacob holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Animal Production from the University of Agriculture Makurdi in North Central Nigeria. Upon graduation, he worked with the Benue State Teaching Service board as an education officer before joining the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development as a Livestock Development officer in 2010. Jacob is currently undertaking a postgraduate research studies on Australian Award Scholarship at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. He has a passion for Animal Breeding and Genetics and is currently conducting research on the effect of Biserrula pelecinus, a pasture legume on multiple births in sheep.


Assoc. Prof. Chris Laming
Monash University Gippsland
Interests: The Badilika Project for incarcerated sex offenders (, in Mombasa, Kenya, under the auspice of Coast Women in Development (CWID) and Pwani GBV Network.


Dr Kiprono Langat
Charles Sturt University
Interests: Teaching for and with diversity in global context. Special focus on multicultural pedagogies, refugee studies, and literacies for learning. Current work explores pathways that would enable successful transition of students from refugee backgrounds from secondary school into tertiary study. Another project examines the concept of ‘difficult knowledge’, that is, how are teachers dealing with the historical changing conditions of their workplace? How and in what ways are issues of increasing cultural diversity, identity, teaching students with traumatic life experience, racism, etc been dealt with in current mainstream classrooms in regional Australian schools and in Kenya?


Ms Ibolya Losoncz
Australian National University
Interests: PhD candidate specialising on resettlement of South Sudanese humanitarian migrants. Work focuses on economic and social inclusion and relationship with regulatory authorities and government agencies.

South Sudan

Kristen Lyons
School of Social Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia
Interests: Over the last decade I have been engaged in research on the sociology of food, the environment and development in Uganda and Ghana. I have undertaken research on organic agriculture and rural development, including the livelihood impacts of organic exporting, and alternative food networks and community impacts. In recent years I have also been engaged in research on foreign investment, carbon markets and livelihood impacts, with a specific focus on plantation forestry, enclosure and livelihood displacement, as well as local responses and resistance to these new carbon enclosures.


Dr. Tanya Lyons
Flinders University
Interests: Australian Foreign Policy toward Africa; gender and war in Africa; Zimbabwean history and politics; teaching African studies.

Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

Billy Kunda Malijani
University of Adelaide,
Interests: Public policy and regional/multilateral trade.


Dr. Catherine McDonald
University of Western Australia
Interests: Dr Catherine Macdonald is an expert on the social impacts of mining in Africa, and has provided social impact/community development advice to extractive industries projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania, as well as Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and PNG. Dr Macdonald specialises in encouraging community participation in sustainable local development planning and pioneered adapting Participatory Rural Assessment (PRA) methods into extractive industry community development processes, initially in Tanzania in 1999. She completed her doctorate on social change among woman-headed households in Tanzania in 1996, demonstrating her longstanding sensitivity to the importance of gender in human development. Catherine has regularly undertaken research and field work in Africa for two decades. Catherine has a number of publications on socially responsible mining practices, including the Framework for Socially Responsible Mining in Developing Countries, commissioned by the Australian Department of Resources, Energy & Tourism (DRET) in 2011. She was lead author of the 2005 World Bank/ICMM Community Development Toolkit, and worked on the revised version released in 2012. Catherine is currently revising the Community Engagement and Development Handbook for the Australian Department of Industry (which includes mining). Dr Macdonald was the Gender and Social Impacts Expert in the Design Team for the AusAID Australia Mongolia Extractives Program (2013) and the Mining and Communities Expert in the Design Team for the Australian Government African Extractives for Growth Facility (2014). She speaks Kiswahili, French, Malay (Indonesian), Dutch and Sinhala.

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Tanzania

Charlotte Mertens
University of Melbourne
Interests: Charlotte Mertens is a PhD candidate at the university of Melbourne. She researches the framing of sexual violence within the discourse of the United Nations and how this is translated on the ground in the context of the armed conflict in eastern DRC. Additionally, she conducts research into the local conflict dynamics that cause war-time rape. She completed her fieldwork in eastern DRC (Sept-Oct 2012).

Rwanda, DR Congo

Assistant Professor David Mickler
University of Western Australia
Interests: Australian Foreign Policy toward Africa,


Okhala Muacanhia
Curtin University
Interests: GIS expert that is aiming to carry out studies on spatial analysis in different aspects of Mozambique. Having geology background, I'm interested in do some studies applying geology, remote sensing and any spatial analysis tool in order to give some contributions to the country.


Dr Joel Negin
University of Sydney
Interests: Development and public health academic with long experience working across sub-Saharan Africa. Focus on Australian aid and development policy in Africa. Has researched intersection between health, agriculture and nutrition and various aspects of HIV – especially the ageing of the epidemic. Has worked in Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mali and Senegal.

Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

Dr Michael Nest
Independent researcher and consultant
Interests: Dr Nest has expertise in political and social issues around mining. He is the author of 'Coltan', about the changing global supply chain for tantalum, or ‘coltan’, and China’s emerging role in the market for this mineral. Michael recently advised African governments on the new certification mechanism for tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold being established to prevent ‘conflict minerals’ from D.R. Congo entering the supply chain. Dr Nest is also an anti-corruption expert and formerly worked for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. His first book 'The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace' won a ‘Best Title Award, 2006’ from the American Library Association.

DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Rwanda

Michael Nest
Interests: I have 16 years experience in mining sector governance and in accountability and transparency in the public sector, including anti-corruption work. My professional expertise focuses on advising senior government officials on public sector reform; capacity building work designed to improve decision-making and effectiveness; and specialist work on the political-economy of conflict minerals. I have published on the D.R. Congo and conflict minerals.

Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda

Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts
Victoria University, Melbourne Australia
Interests: Dr Ngum Chi Watts is a Lecturer in Community Health, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia. Is the Victorian State Representative for International Health SIG, for the Public Health Association of Australia. Areas of interests with expertise: International Health; Health of Minority and Disadvantaged Women; Gender inequalities; Advocacy; Health policy; Research and Curriculum Development, Health and Diversity; Social Inclusion; Sexual Health; Refugee Health; Migrant Women's Health; Adolescent and Child Health; Chronic Diseases Management Professional Affiliations: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA); Australian Health Professionals Registration Authority (AHPRA)

Cameroon, South Sudan, Africans in Australia

Zoe Nutter
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney,
Interests: Work/research experience: Development in Action, which features analytical pieces regarding current events and trends in international development -; Bretton Woods Project, which provides a platform for critical voices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.


Margaret O'Callaghan
Australian National University
Interests: I formerly worked for AusAID and UNFPA (including in Zambia) and am now a Visiting Fellow in the Resources, Environment and Development in the Crawford School, ANU and an affiliate of the Southern African Institute of Policy and Research, Lusaka. My main focus is on documenting the socio-economic impact of mining on North Western province Zambia over its first decade. My work includes preparation of an annotated bibliography of literature on the NW province and related tables, including one on current and recent research conducted in the province (including mining company environmental impact statements, academic, NGO and international organizational studies and media) and a specialist section on agriculture. I am also compiling various issues papers into a book which will describe the impact of the mining boom from about 2003 on various segments of society, with a focus on the lessons for development practices.


Dr Melissa Phillips
University of Melbourne
Interests: Melissa Phillips has a PhD from the University of Melbourne which was completed as part of an ARC project on Visible Migrants and Refugees in Regional and Rural Australia. Melissa also has a BA (Hons) from UNSW and a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development from Macquarie University. She also has over 15 years experience working with the UN and NGOs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya and South Sudan. Her work in Australia includes advocacy and policy work on refugee/asylum issues. Melissa has published articles on migration, South Sudan and the role of diasporas. She is co-author of Becoming Australian: Migration, Settlement, Citizenship (MUP, 2014). Her research interests are: migration and displacement in the Horn of Africa; migrant and refugee settlement in Australia; labeling and identities of African-Australians and the role of transnational diasporas on foreign policy.

Libya, South Sudan

Mr Nikola Pijovic
Australian National University
Interests: MA in International Relations, focusing on Somalia and Somaliland’s state secession. Currently undertaking PhD in Political Science examining Australian Foreign Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa.


Prof. Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour
University of South Africa, Pretoria,
Interests: My research interest is on adult & youth education for development through indigenous knowledge systems. My research themes in adult education are: non-formal education, basic education, African indigenous education, indigenous knowledge systems, folklore, prison education, human trafficking, women & development. Current research project: exploring the integration of indigenous knowledge system into school curriculum to meet the socio-economic needs and aspirations of Africa today.

South Africa, Ghana

Ms Catherine Sakala
University of Melbourne, School of Land and Environment
Interests: Working under Tsetse and Trypanosomosis control in Zambia. Trypanosomosis being a zoonotic disease or disease transferable between Humans and animals. I work with odour baited targets as barriers against tsetse flies among other tsetse control methods. Currently a masters’ student doing a master of agriculture science with a focus on mitigation of climate change for sustainable agriculture. Staying true to my entomology background I will be looking at effect of climate change on disease prevalence transmitted by Tsetse flies.


Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) - Portugal; Murdoch University
Interests: Malaria, health policy, health care providers’ relationship, medical anthropology, extractive industries and their legacies.


Sabrina Joy Smith
Independent researcher and writer
Interests: Legal systems, legal pluralism, security, and the politics of the Great Lakes region, especially the Kivu provinces of DR Congo.

DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi

Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans
University of Otago
Interests: Language attitudes, multilingualism, multiculturalism and language policy in South Africa.

South Africa

Mr Pickmore Parson S. G. Swira
Curtin University, Bentley Campus, School of Public Health
Interests: Interest in SADC region, especially Malawi, and the rest of Sub-saharan Africa in issues of public health and primary health care especially in the area of maternal and child health. Promotion of safe childbearing and child survival which is disproportionately becoming very risky in resource poor settings of sub-Saharan Africa amidst a myriad of challenges.

Malawi, Zambia, Botswana

Dr Alec Thornton
UNSW Canberra
Interests: Sustainable development, urban agriculture and critical social theory.

Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia

Kudakwashe Tuwe
Auckland University of Technology
Interests: Kudakwashe Tuwe is originally from Zimbabwe and is currently employed as Programme Manager- African Communities with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF). Tuwe is currently a PhD student with Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Zimbabwe, Africans Worldwide

Assoc. Prof. Karen von Veh
University of Johannesburg, Department of Visual Art
Interests: I am an Associate Professor of art history in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am the past president ex officio of SAVAH (the South African Visual Arts Historians association) and am on the board of directors of ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association). My research interests include contemporary South African Art, the transgressive use of religious (Christian) iconography in South African art, postcolonial studies and gender studies. I have written several articles in academic journals and chapters in books on these subjects, as well as two monographs on South African artist Diane Victor: Diane Victor: Burning the Candle at Both Ends, 2012 and Taxi 13: Diane Victor, 2008 (co-written with Prof. Elizabeth Rankin from Auckland University).

South Africa

Dr Peter Wakholi
Education Department of Western Australia
Interests: Schooling experience of ethnically minority students; Multicultural Education; Negotiating cultural identity through the arts; Intersections between cultural memory, creative arts and emotional well-being; Parenting between cultures, and Community development of new migrant communities.

Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide

Mr Sam Wilkins
institute of Postcolonial Studies
Interests: Politics and society in East Africa and Zimbabwe. Specific research projects include the contemporary politics of President Museveni's NRM government in Uganda (particularly since the 2011 election); the history and theory of electoral violence in Kenya, including the post election violence of 2007-08; and youth politics, heroism and violence in the high density townships of Harare Zimbabwe.

Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe

Prof. Denise Wood
University of South Australia, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Interests: PhD (Education); Master Design; Master Educational Technology; BA & Post Grad Dip in Social Work & Social Policy. Associate Head of School and researcher, School of Communication, International Studies & Languages, UniSA, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research focuses on the use of accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) to increase social participation and improve learning outcomes in developing regions, especially peri-urban and remote and rural areas of South Africa. Her teaching and research has been recognised with several awards including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, a SA Great Award, University teaching excellence and equity awards, and the inaugural 2010 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell award for Telecommunications and Disability.

South Africa, Uganda