Dr Bekele Workie Ayele
Dr Bekele Workie Ayele has a PhD in Curriculum Design and Development. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Kotebe Metropolitan University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before joining Kotebe Metropolitan University, he was a lecturer at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, where he was holding various positions. Currently, he is also a senior researcher at the Federal Ministry of Education for the Development of Ethiopian Education Road Map (2017- 2032). He has published in local and international scholarly journals, chapters in books and books, and was closely involved in the project “Student Representation in Africa”. He is an editor of the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa.
Dr Pascal Bianchini
Dr Pascal Bianchini is a Research Associate at Centre d’études en sciences sociales sur les mondes africains, américains et asiatiques (CESSMA) in Paris, France, and Visiting Lecturer at Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal. He has obtained a PhD in African Studies from the University of Bordeaux (Centre d’études d’Afrique noire) and a PhD in Sociology at the Diderot University (Paris VII). He has published several articles and books in the field of sociology of education in Africa (especially on Senegal, Burkina Faso and Rwanda). His research focused initially on educational policies and social movements (e.g. student organisations, teachers’ unions) and has extended to other subjects such as social mobility, intellectuals, etc. He is currently investigating political activism in the 1960s and the 1970s in Senegal. His publication list can be accessed here.
Dr Gérard Birantamije
Dr Gérard Birantamije holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is a Lecturer and Quality Assurance Director at Université du Lac Tanganyika in Burundi. Birantamije’s research focuses on issues of security sector reform, governance and peace-building policies in the Great Lakes Region. He has recently published several chapters in books including “The Construction of a Civil-Military Regime through Security Sector Governance in Burundi” (with Pascal Niyonizigiye) in Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa: African perspectives (edited by SK Ewusi, 2014), as well as articles in scholarly journals such as “Sending peacekeepers abroad, sharing power at home: Burundi in Somalia” (with Nina Wilén and David Ambrosetti) in the Journal of Eastern African Studies (2015).
Dr Mlungisi Cele
Dr Mlungisi Cele obtained his PhD in Educational Studies from the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He is the acting CEO of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) in South Africa. Prior to this he was working in the South African Department of Science and Technology responsible for policy, strategy and planning; he also worked as a researcher at the University of Western Cape’s Education Policy Unit. His research interests include student and youth politics, higher education policy, and science and technology policy. Dr Cele has published previously in international books and scholarly journals including a chapter in the book Youth and Higher Education in Africa:The Cases of Cameroon, South Africa, Eritrea and Zimbabwe published by CODESRIA in 2009.
Prof. Ransford Edward Van Gyampo
Prof. Ransford Edward Van Gyampo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ghana. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. Prof. Gyampo is also a Research Fellow at the Governance Unit if the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). His research interest are in the areas of youth participation and student activism, good governance, democracy and development. He serves on the editorial boards of several internationally journals and has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals across the globe.
Dr Samuel Fongwa
Dr Samuel Fongwa is a post-doctoral research fellow and research specialist at the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Buea, Cameroon, a BA (Hons) in Development Studies and M.Ed. (Higher Education Studies) from the University of the Western Cape and a PhD from the University of the Free State in South Africa. Prior to joining the HSRC, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Centre for Research in Higher Education and Development (CRHED) at the University of the Free State, South Africa, where he worked on an international research project focusing on universities, employability and inclusive development. Fongwa was a member of the national Council on Higher Education’s task team reviewing 20 years of community engagement in South African higher education. Fongwa’s research interests fall broadly in the areas of higher education and development studies, and particularly the nexus of higher education and development policy and practice, knowledge economy and innovation implications for Africa, and the role of universities and knowledge for national, regional and local development. Since joining the CRHED, Fongwa has been working on the capability approach as a conceptual tool in tackling inequalities and disadvantages in societies and achieving social justice and human development. He has published internationally mainly in the areas of higher education and development where he has authored and co-authored reports, books, book chapters and journal articles. Fongwa is the co-author of a two-volume book profiling higher education in the SADC region published by the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA).
Dr James Otieno Jowi
Dr James Otieno Jowi is the Head of Education of the East African Community (EAC). In this capacity, he coordinates education programmes for the 6 countries that make the EAC (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan). Jowi holds a PhD from the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He has been a student leader at the University of Oslo, Norway, and at Moi University, Kenya. Before joining the EAC, Dr Jowi was the founding executive director and secretary general of the African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) and he taught Comparative and International Education at the School of Education, Moi University, Kenya. He has published on the internationalisation of higher education in Africa, as well as on matters of student leadership, management and governance in higher education. He was a co-editor of Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism (African Minds, 2015).
Mr Lucky Kgosithebe
Mr Lucky Kgosithebe graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science from Botswana College of Agriculture in 2008. Upon graduation, he worked for the Tertiary Education Council (TEC) of Botswana as an intern and, later, as a junior researcher by virtue of his former role as student leader that saw him represent tertiary students on the TEC board. In 2010, he was admitted to the Higher Education Masters in Africa programme, that is a NOMA Masters programme in Higher Education Studies offered jointly by the universities of Oslo (Norway) and Western Cape (South Africa). Despite embarking on a totally new field, at least in terms of his undergraduate studies, Mr Kgosithebe comfortably completed his graduate studies, an experience which he speaks fondly of. He has developed an interest in research on student affairs, such as student activism, representation and leadership with a particular interest in the contribution of higher education to democracy. Currently, he works for the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) of Botswana.
Dr Manja Klemenčič
Dr Manja Klemenčič is a Fellow and Lecturer in Sociology of Higher Education in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. She researches, teaches, advises and consults in the area of international and comparative higher education, with a particular interest in the implications of contemporary higher education reforms for students. She has also researched questions relating to institutional research, internationalisation, the academic profession and student representation. Her publications include guest-editing two special issues on student governance in Western Europe in the European Journal of Higher Education 2012 and on a global perspective in Studies in Higher Education (2014). She has also co-edited books on Student Engagement in Europe: Society, Higher Education and Student Governance and Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism. Moreover, she is the editor of the European Journal of Higher Education, associate editor of the International Encyclopaedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions, co-editor of the book series Understanding Student Experience in Higher Education with Bloomsbury, and serves on the Governing Board of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER). She received her PhD in International Studies at the University of Cambridge and from 1998 to 2001 served as Secretary General of the European Students’ Union.
Prof. Thierry M. Luescher
Prof. Thierry M. Luescher is the Research Director: Higher Education in the Education and Skills Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Cape Town. He joined the HSRC after having been Assistant Director of Institutional Research at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Studies and Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape and a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), Cape Town. He obtained his PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town. He researches, teaches and consults on matters of international and comparative higher education, with a particular interest in the nexus of higher education with politics in Africa, higher education policy and governance, student politics, the student experience, and higher education development. He has published in local and international scholarly journals, including Studies in Higher Education, Tertiary Education and Management and Perspectives in Education, as well as authored chapters in books. He is journal manager and an editor of the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa and the editor of the book Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism (with M. Klemencic and J. Otieno Jowi). His publication list can be viewed at: http://thierryluescher.net
Mr Mwangi J. Macharia
Mr Mwangi J. Macharia is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, History and Religion at Egerton University, Kenya. He is a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the Association of African Historians (AAH), the Association of Kenyan Historians (AKH), the Philosophical Society of Kenya (PSK) and The Red Cross. He has published extensively on youth identity and popular culture, on the Mungiki in Kenya, on the Mau Mau and land issue in Kenya, on the Mau Mau and reparation, among others. He is currently researching the internationalisation of university education in Kenya under the auspices of CODESRIA’s Comparative Research Network on Internationalisation of University Education in sub-Saharan Africa and the Experiences of Muslim Students in Kenyan Universities. His other interests are: the co-existence of multiple faith groups among university students in Kenya, youth and security in the Horn of Africa in the era of radicalisation, Al-Shabaab, and terrorism.
Mr Nkululeko Makhubu
Mr Nkululeko Makhubu is a Researcher in the Education and Skills Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town. He is also a Master’s student (M.Com Information Systems) at the University of Cape Town. He is a specialist in social media analysis and researcher on the HSRC Student Movement project. He previously worked in institutional advancement, communication and brand management at the University of the Western Cape.
Dr Blessing Makunike
Dr Blessing Makunike is Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. Prior to this appointment, he was Senior Assistant Registrar for Academic Affairs at the University of Zimbabwe. He obtained his PhD in Africa Studies from the University of the Free State in South Africa. His research focuses on land reform, indigenous knowledge systems, and poverty alleviation. He is an emerging researcher on issues concerning management theory and practice in higher education.
Mr Taabo Mugume
Mr Taabo Mugume is a Researcher in the Monitoring and Institutional Research Unit of the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning, University of the Free State, South Africa. He previously worked as Research Assistant on the HERANA Student Experience and Democracy Project at Makerere University, Uganda, and in the Political Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape and the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, Cape Town. He has a Masters in Political Science from the University of the Western Cape. He has co-authored publications for Studies in Higher Education and the books Knowledge Production & Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education (edited by N. Cloete, P. Maassen & T. Bailey, 2015) and Student Politics in Africa: Representation and Activism (edited by T.M. Luescher, M. Klemencic and J.Otieno Jowi, forthcoming)
Dr Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi
Dr Ibrahim Oanda is Senior Program Officer and Head: Training, Grants and Fellowships of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research In Africa (CODESRIA), in Senegal. Previously he was Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Kenyatta University, Kenya, where he teaches in Higher Education and Sociology of Education. Oanda has been coordinator of a research program on Higher Education Leadership in Africa (HELP) at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, and he is currently leading the Kenyan part of a British Council funded research on Universities, employability and inclusive development. Recent publications include ‘Internationalization of Higher education and Implications for Research and Development Trends in African Universities’ in The Development of Higher Education in Africa; Prospects and Challenges (Emerald, 2013) and the co-edited Fifty years of Educational Development in Kenya: Mapping out the Gains, Challenges and Prospects for the Future’(JKF 2015).
Dr Adesoji Oni
Dr Adesoji Oni, a Fulbright Scholar, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He specialises in the sociology of education. His research focus includes: social problems in education, social change in education, social deviances/social disorganisations in education, with a particular focus on students’ secret cults in Nigeria. He has published widely in these areas in the form of chapters in books and articles in scholarly journals. He also edits a number of national and international scholarly journals. He is the associate editor of the National Association of Sociologists of Education’s Nigerian Journal of Sociology of Education, and managing editor of the Journal of Educational Review and the Journal of Sociology and Education in Africa, among others.
Dr Birgit Schreiber
Dr Birgit Schreiber is Executive Director of Student Affairs of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Previously she was Director of the Centre for Student Support Services at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a PhD from UWC. She has worked within student affairs, with a focus on student development and support, for the past 18 years at various higher education institutions. She has published in national and international academic journals on student support and development, has presented research papers and keynote addresses at national and international conferences, and has given lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Leuven in the Netherlands, and the University of Oslo (Norway). She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was involved in their student affairs department. Birgit Schreiber has also been involved with various quality-assurance panels reviewing student affairs at South African universities and has taken part in the national review of the South African Student Engagement tool (SASSE). She has been a member of the national executive of various national professional organisations, including the South African Association of Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP). She currently serves on the Executive of the Southern African Federation of Student Affairs and Services (SAFSAS) and is the Africa Regional Coordinator of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS). She has published in several local and international journals and books on student affairs, including a chapter in the book Perspectives on Student Affairs in South Africa (African Minds, 2014). She is a founding member of the Editorial Executive of the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa.
Ms Vuyo Mntuyedwa
Vuyo Mntuyedwa is a Masters degree holder in African Languages.She also upholds a Post Graduate Diploma in Translation from Stellenbosch University. She has served as a part-time lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Mowbrey Campus, where she ran a Diversity Training Workshop for student teachers for three years. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral studies in the field of Educational Psychology at the University of the Western Cape in partnership with California State University Fullerton, USA . Her research topic investigates the phenomenon of peer pressure among UWC first -year students who are living in residences and in June 2013, she was privileged to attend a summer school in California Calstate University, Fullerton in order to deepen her knowledge of Students’ Affairs theories and thesis writing. She has also had the privileged to present her PhD theses in various conferences such as NASDEV, ESRRC,nACUHO-I and SAFSAS. Vuyo Mntuyedwa enjoys working with students and served as a student leader at UWC during her undergraduate studies. She was also involved in a program called ‘Women in leadership’ between 2006 and 2007 while pursuing her postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University. She has also respectively worked in in the Dean of Students Office as Student Wellness Coordinator at Stellenbosch University (2009-10) and as a residence manager at UWC (2010-11) on contract basis. In 2009, she was elected Coordinator of NASDEV in the Western Cape Region. In 2012 and 2013,she was actively involved in the organization of the Educational Student’s Regional Research Conference (ESRRC) that normally includes the four institutions of higher learning in the Western Cape (CPUT, UCT, US, UWC). Last but not least, Vuyo has served as a motivational speaker in many student leadership events. Her favorite quote is “a house built on top of a mountain can never be hidden”.