Meet the Team

Good Governance Africa is made up of a diverse team of academics, advisors and experts in their respective professions. Meet them all here.

Global Chairman

Robert Rose

GGA Global Chairman

Chairman, GGA

Chairmen

Prof Bahru Zwede

GGA Chairmen

Bahru Zewde, currently Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University, is Founding Fellow and founding Principal Vice President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He was formerly Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University and Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies, a think tank based in Addis Ababa. He has also served as Vice President of the Association of African Historians and Resident Vice President of the sub-regional research network, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), and as Editor of its journal, Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review. In addition to serving as Editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Studies for 15 years, he was member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of African History and founding Editor of the Africa Review of Books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and Fellowships, including ones from the British Academy, Japan Foundation, the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin and Humboldt University. His major publications in English include: Bringing Africa Together: The Story of Ethiopian Airlines (1988); A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991 (2001); Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century (2002); Society, State and History: Selected Essays (2008); and The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 (2014). He has also served as a Consultant for a number of organizations, including Carnegie Corporation of New York, the African Union and African Child Policy Forum.

Nana Osei-Bonsu

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Nana has over 40 years of experience spanning the private and public sectors. He is currently the CEO of the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) of Ghana. The PEF is the most powerful and autonomous apex institution of all private businesses and trade associations in Ghana. Nana is an economist and financial expert with an extensive banking career in the USA. He worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York State Banking Department, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Alliance Capital where he obtained a Broker/Dealer License during that period. Nana also served as the Managing Partner of a private investment firm, Manoff Associates of New York. Nana later joined the investment banking division of JP Morgan Chase where he held senior management level positions. On his return to Ghana, Nana served as one of three Technical Advisors of the Economic Management Team of the Government of Ghana. At the same time, he doubled as a Technical Advisor to the Minister of State for Economic Planning. Nana was later appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) where he leveraged Government’s endowment to partner private sector investors, including some European Equity firms to create five Venture Capital Funds with the private partners contributing huge capital amounts. During his tenure, Nana increased Accumulated Capital of the Trust Fund immensely and attained great success. Following this, he was appointed the CEO of the Private Enterprise Federation, a position he currently holds. Nana also serves as a board or steering committee member of numerous public and private institutions including the following: Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement system (GHIPSS), DANIDA SPSD, National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Union life Assurance Company. Nana has had extensive interaction with the World Bank, the African development Bank, Donor Agencies and their respective consulates. He has also been actively involved other internationally sponsored programmes and activities across Africa.

Global Advisor

Chris Maroleng

Author

Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and the SADC Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation. Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

GGA SADC Board of Directors

Daniel Ngwepe

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Daniel has an extensive background of over 25 years working in the public and the private sectors, managing diverse issues and leading teams across various sectors and geographies. He has built a record of achievement in the fields of payments technology, mining, public affairs and diplomacy. He was in the foreign service for 13 years, contributing to the advancement of bilateral economic and political relations between South Africa and the United States. Until 2020, Daniel led Visa’s relations with policy makers and Central Bank regulators in Sub-Saharan Africa for nearly a decade. Daniel supports various social causes and serves on the boards of several organisations. He is a graduate of the University of the North, the Gordon Institute of Business Science and has a Master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Chris Maroleng

Author

Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and the SADC Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation. Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

Dr Ross Harvey

Author

Dr Ross Harvey is a natural resource economist and policy analyst, and he has been dealing with governance issues in various forms across this sector since 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town, and his thesis research focused on the political economy of oil and institutional development in Angola and Nigeria. While completing his PhD, Ross worked as a senior researcher on extractive industries and wildlife governance at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and in May 2019 became an independent conservation consultant. Ross’s task at GGA is to establish a non-renewable natural resources project (extractive industries) to ensure that the industry becomes genuinely sustainable and contributes to Africa achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ross was appointed Director of Research and Programmes at GGA in May 2020.

Executive Directors

Dr Zerihun Mohammed

GGA Executive Directors

Zerihun Mohammed holds a PhD from University of Cambridge in Human Geography. He accumulated extensive experience working for more than three decades at various academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations as expert, practitioner and researcher. As a practitioner, Zerihun worked for different local and international NGOs, including SOS-Sahel (UK) and ACORD (UK) in Ethiopia. He also thought at Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources. Before joining GGA, Zerihun was working at Forum for Social Studies (FSS), a leading Think-tank in Ethiopia, as a Senior Researcher, where he published and edited a number of research works. Currently, Zerihun is serving as an Executive Director of Good Governance Africa-Eastern Africa Regional office at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Chris Maroleng

Author

Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and the SADC Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation. Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

Dr Ola Bello

GGA Executive Directors

Oladiran (Ola) Bello obtained both his MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and also holds a First Class BSc degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has worked for organisations including the United Nations (New York) and Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG). Dr Ola Bello has more than 10 years of experience in research and policy advisory, including on governance and extractive sector reform; sustainable development; and international development cooperation (including in EU-Africa relations). He spent three years with FRIDE (Spain) managing a donor-funded programme on the EU’s role in managing fragility and resource governance in select African countries. In 2012-2015, he was Head, Governance of Africa’s Resource Programme (GARP) at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and also functioned as head of SAIIA’s Cape Town office. Ola is spearheading GGA's technical support to Nigerian reform, including delivering ethics training for senior Nigerian judicial officers and change-makers (2017-2019). He's also working to expand GGA's role as in-country resource centre for multilateral consultative missions to Nigeria's ministries and parastatals. These missions include the UNECA/AU mineral sector governance team.

Tina Asante-Apeatu

GGA Executive Directors

Tina Asante-Apeatu is the executive director of GGA-West Africa Centre. She holds a BA in psychology and politics and eMBA in project management. She manages various projects, including research and advocacy in the areas of land governance, property rights and early childhood education. She is also currently the president of the Police Wives’ Association of Ghana. Tina is married with two children and loves travelling to new places.

GGA SADC Executive

Marc Toussaint

Site Member

Marc Toussaint oversees the development of strategies, policies, procedures and the long-term financial goals of GGA through effective and efficient financial management within the organisation.

Gail Nel

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After completing a year at finishing school doing secretarial and accounting diplomas, and then working for her father’s medical aid organisation, Gail Nel spent two years in Los Angeles, California, performing typesetting and graphic design on two weekly Catholic Newspapers. Upon her return to SA, Gail worked for Douglas & Barry printing company where she ran the design studio, whilst completing her Marketing Diploma at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School. She then started her own small design studio, Le Projet, which she ran for eight years before being bought out by Young & Rubicam SA. She was MD of Wunderman Cato Johnson for five years before she gave birth to twin daughters, Ashleigh and Brittany. Gail then started a second design company, Two Fold Marketing, which she ran for 12 years, before joining Times Media, where she was marketing manager, working across The Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers and online platforms for 10 years. Gail joined GGA in 2018 after five years as an independent marketing consultant, and was appointed Director of Operations in 2020.

Chris Maroleng

Author

Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and the SADC Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation. Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

Dr Ross Harvey

Author

Dr Ross Harvey is a natural resource economist and policy analyst, and he has been dealing with governance issues in various forms across this sector since 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town, and his thesis research focused on the political economy of oil and institutional development in Angola and Nigeria. While completing his PhD, Ross worked as a senior researcher on extractive industries and wildlife governance at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and in May 2019 became an independent conservation consultant. Ross’s task at GGA is to establish a non-renewable natural resources project (extractive industries) to ensure that the industry becomes genuinely sustainable and contributes to Africa achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ross was appointed Director of Research and Programmes at GGA in May 2020.

Lloyd Coutts

Administrator

Lloyd Coutts has an extensive background in journalism and media spanning 36 years. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a reporter, sub-editor, news editor, assistant editor and acting editor for publications such as Business Day, The Star, Business Report and Sunday World. Lloyd also has experience in wire services, notably the German Press Agency (dpa), and radio (Network Radio News and Classic FM). He also worked in television news at eNCA.

GGA SADC Associates

Dr Bob Wekesa

Site Member

Dr Bob Wekesa is acting director and research and communications coordinator at the African Centre for the Study of the United States based at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and Master’s and doctoral degrees from the Communication University of China, Beijing. His area of teaching, research and public engagement is the intersection of journalism, media, and communications on the one hand and geopolitics, diplomacy and foreign policy on the other. He supervises post-graduate projects in these fields. His current research work includes international communication; diplomacy with a focus digital and public diplomacy; African diaspora; the internationalisation of African cities; the geopolitics of Africa and established and emerging powers. Prof Wekesa is well published in academic and popular platforms.

Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk

GGA Associates

Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk holds an MA in political science from the University of Johannesburg and a PhD in international relations from University of the Witwatersrand. He has been research-active from the early 1990s and has pursued an academic career in teaching, supervision, and policy analysis since 2000. Anthoni is based at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance, where he participates in peace and security studies. In 2015, the South African government appointed him to the South African Council on International Relations and in 2018, to the Presidential High-level Review Panel into Intelligence. Anthoni is a skilled institutional architect and experienced academic manager and facilitator. He publishes widely on African foreign and security policy, has participated in several scenarios development exercises, and has broad experience with advising African policymakers including the Secretariats of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). He is a Senior Research Associate at Good Governance Africa (GGA) and serves as an editorial board member of the accredited journals African Security, Administratio Publica, South African Journal of International Affairs, European Journal of International Studies, and coordinates the biannual Southern African Security Review.

Prof Adriano Nuvungo

GGA Associates

Prof. Adriano Alfredo Nuvunga, Ph.D. is the Director of the Centro para Democracia e Desenvolvimento (CDD), a Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Organization in Mozambique. Prof. Nuvunga teaches political science and governance at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. He is the Chair of the Forum de Monitoria do Orçamento (FMO), a platform of coalitions and organizations focusing on Budget transparency and Public Finance Management. Prof. Nuvunga Chairs the Mozambique Network of Human Rights Defenders. He is Board member of the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN). Prof. Nuvunga is also Board member of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), based in Accra, Ghana. Prof. Nuvunga is also a member of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Nuvunga is the co-founder and former director of Centro de Integridade Publica, Mozambique’s Transparency International Chapter. His next book examines the Political Economy of Mozambique’s Gas Development and Nation building.

Dr William Jethro Mpofu

GGA Associates

Dr William Mpofu is a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Diversity Studies (WICDS), under the faculty of humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (IJCDS) that is published by Pluto Journals. Dr Mpofu is a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN).

Dr Ibbo Mandaza

Site Member

Ibbo Mandaza is a Zimbabwean academic, author and publisher. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil) in Political Economy from the University of York in England (1979) and taught at the Universities of Botswana, Zambia, Dar re Salaam and Zimbabwe (part-time). He has researched and written extensively on issues of governance, international relations and public policy; and was one of the first senior African Civil Servants in post-independent Zimbabwe (1980-1990), having been a member of the (Zimbabwe) National Liberation Movement, in the Department of Research, Education and Manpower, ZANU Headquarters, Maputo, Mozambique. He served as Director of the National Manpower Survey and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development; as Deputy Chairman of the Public Service Commission and Member of the Defence Forces Commission; and finally as Chairman of the Parastatals Commission, before his early retirement from the Civil Service in July 1990 at the age of 42. Ibbo Mandaza was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the second largest tourism and hotel group (Rainbow Tourism Group) in Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2009 Ibbo Mandaza is currently Executive Chairman of the Southern African Political Economy Series (SAPES) Trust, a regional Think Tank and Convenor of the Policy Dialogue Forum.

Prof Rod Alence

GGA Associates

Prof Rod Alence is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. He is a specialist in the political economy of governance and development in Africa. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of African History. Much of his research focuses on elections and governance in Africa, including a multi-year project on determinants of election-related violence. He developed and coordinates the MA program in e-Science at Wits, which provides training in statistical computing and applied data science methods for researchers in the social sciences and humanities. He earned his PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2001, and his dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s annual prize for best in the field of political economy.

Editorial Advisory Board for the Africa Governance Papers

Dr Bob Wekesa

Site Member

Dr Bob Wekesa is acting director and research and communications coordinator at the African Centre for the Study of the United States based at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and Master’s and doctoral degrees from the Communication University of China, Beijing. His area of teaching, research and public engagement is the intersection of journalism, media, and communications on the one hand and geopolitics, diplomacy and foreign policy on the other. He supervises post-graduate projects in these fields. His current research work includes international communication; diplomacy with a focus digital and public diplomacy; African diaspora; the internationalisation of African cities; the geopolitics of Africa and established and emerging powers. Prof Wekesa is well published in academic and popular platforms.

Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk

GGA Associates

Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk holds an MA in political science from the University of Johannesburg and a PhD in international relations from University of the Witwatersrand. He has been research-active from the early 1990s and has pursued an academic career in teaching, supervision, and policy analysis since 2000. Anthoni is based at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance, where he participates in peace and security studies. In 2015, the South African government appointed him to the South African Council on International Relations and in 2018, to the Presidential High-level Review Panel into Intelligence. Anthoni is a skilled institutional architect and experienced academic manager and facilitator. He publishes widely on African foreign and security policy, has participated in several scenarios development exercises, and has broad experience with advising African policymakers including the Secretariats of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). He is a Senior Research Associate at Good Governance Africa (GGA) and serves as an editorial board member of the accredited journals African Security, Administratio Publica, South African Journal of International Affairs, European Journal of International Studies, and coordinates the biannual Southern African Security Review.

Prof Pundy Pillay

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Prof Pundy Pillay is Professor of Economics and Public Finance, and Research Director, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and the Universities of Johannesburg, Oslo, and the Western Cape. His academic qualifications are: PhD (Economics, Cape Town); M.A. (Economics, Cape Town); B.A Hons (Wits); B.A. (South Africa); B.Sc (Durban-Westville). Previous positions include: Senior Economist, RTI International; Head of the Policy Unit, Office of the President, South Africa; Director, Financial and Fiscal Commission, South Africa, and Senior Lecturer, Economics, University of Cape Town. Other than South Africa, he has worked in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Iran, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, and other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). His research interests are in the Economics of Education; Governance and Development; Public Finance, Inequality and Poverty; and Economics and Public policy.

Dr William Jethro Mpofu

GGA Associates

Dr William Mpofu is a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Diversity Studies (WICDS), under the faculty of humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (IJCDS) that is published by Pluto Journals. Dr Mpofu is a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN).

Prof Erin McCandless

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Erin McCandless is an Associate Professor in the School of Governance at Witwatersrand University in South Africa and a Research Associate with the German Development Institute. A widely published scholar and policy advisor, she has near three decades of experience working on and in conflict affected settings, broadly on issues of peacebuilding, statebuilding, development and resilience - and their intersections. Her current research is focused on forging resilient social contracts, and the role of social cohesion, in countries affected by conflict, fragility and fraught transition, building upon a multi-country research and policy dialogue project that she directed from 2015-2018.  Professor McCandless is author of more than 100 publications, including several influential, policy-shifting United Nations reports, and she is a founder and former Chief Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.

Dr Nathanial Matthews

Site Member

Dr Nathanial Matthews is a political and environmental scientist whose principal interests lie in understanding and mitigating the impacts of political and economic change on people and the environment in developing countries. He has 15+ years of professional and fieldwork experience spanning 30 countries around the globe, primarily focused in Asia and Africa. Nate is currently the Program Director of the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP). In this role, he is responsible for defining and executing the overall strategy related to GRP’s technical work streams and leading the teams implementing these streams including markets and innovative financing, technology and infrastructure, and policy and influence. Previously to this role, Nate was Global Research Coordinator and Flagship Leader of the US$36 million Integrating Ecosystems into Policy and Solutions Flagship for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) programme on water, land and ecosystems (WLE). Nate has published two books and over 40 peer-reviewed publications covering environmental justice, forestry, agriculture, irrigation, hydropower, ecosystems services, resilience and the water-energy-food nexus. He has given dozens of senior-level international talks.

Prof Frank Matose

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Prof Frank Matose is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Co-Director of the Environmental Humanities South Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interests are in environmental sociology with a particular focus on Southern Africa, placing emphasis on the intersection of local people, the state, capital, forest and resource conservation, and the political economy of protected areas. Interests in these areas are informed by intellectual projects around environmental governance, social justice, and commons in Africa. He is a past board member of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC, 2006-2012) and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Commons. Frank is also a member of International Sociological Association (ISA), in which he is active in the Environment and Society Committee (RC24). He has a forthcoming monograph titled Politics of Chronic Liminality: Forests and the power of the marginalised in Southern Africa and an edited volume titled The violence of conservation in Africa: State, militarisation and alternatives (with Maano Ramutsindela and Tafadzwa Mushonga, Edward Elgar Publishing).

Dr Ibbo Mandaza

Site Member

Ibbo Mandaza is a Zimbabwean academic, author and publisher. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil) in Political Economy from the University of York in England (1979) and taught at the Universities of Botswana, Zambia, Dar re Salaam and Zimbabwe (part-time). He has researched and written extensively on issues of governance, international relations and public policy; and was one of the first senior African Civil Servants in post-independent Zimbabwe (1980-1990), having been a member of the (Zimbabwe) National Liberation Movement, in the Department of Research, Education and Manpower, ZANU Headquarters, Maputo, Mozambique. He served as Director of the National Manpower Survey and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development; as Deputy Chairman of the Public Service Commission and Member of the Defence Forces Commission; and finally as Chairman of the Parastatals Commission, before his early retirement from the Civil Service in July 1990 at the age of 42. Ibbo Mandaza was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the second largest tourism and hotel group (Rainbow Tourism Group) in Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2009 Ibbo Mandaza is currently Executive Chairman of the Southern African Political Economy Series (SAPES) Trust, a regional Think Tank and Convenor of the Policy Dialogue Forum.

Dr Aikende Kwayu

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Aikande Clement Kwayu is a social scientist with experience in both academia and practice. Her work includes development and management consulting as well as academic research. She consults with Bumaco Limited (Tanzania) on management, political economy analysis, policy analysis and evaluation of development projects. Akande’s areas of research interest are party politics, religion and politics, and development politics. She has published two books: (i) “Religion and British Development Policy”- Palgrave (2020); and (ii) Co-authored with Amy Stambach “Pragmatic Faith and the Lutheran Church in Tanzania: Erasto N. Kweka’s Life and Work” – Lexington (2020). Aikande is a honorary research affiliate fellow of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Tumaini Makumira. From 2013 to 2015, she was a research affiliate of the University of Oxford (UK). Aikande has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Prof Horman Chitonge

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Prof Horman Chitonge is a Professor of African Studies at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT). He is a visiting research fellow in the Global Justice Programme, Yale University, a research associate at PRISM, School of Economics (UCT), and a vising fellow at the African Studies Centre, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His research interests include agrarian political economy, hydro-politics, and alternative strategies for economic growth in Africa. His most recent books include: Industrial Policy and the Transforming the Colonial Economy in Africa: The Zambian Experience (Routledge, 2021). Industrialising Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Continent (Peter Lang, 2019); Social Welfare Policy in South Africa: From the Poor White Problem to a Digitised Social Contract (Peter Lang, 2018); Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Understanding Trends and Prospects (Routledge, 2015).

Dr Grieve Chelwa

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Dr Grieve Chelwa is the Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute on Race and Political Economy at the New School. Prior to this, he was a Senior Lecturer in economics at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. Dr Chelwa was an Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for African Studies at Harvard University, and has previously been a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Zambia and advanced degrees in economics, including a PhD, from the University of Cape Town.

Prof Stephen Chan

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Prof Stephen Chan OBE is Professor of World Politics at SOAS where he was also Foundation Dean of Law and Social Sciences. He has recently also been the George Soros Chair of Public Policy at the Central European University, and Konrad Adenauer Foundation Chair of Academic Excellence at Bir Zeit University. He won the 2010 International Studies Association prize, 'Eminent Scholar in Global Development’. A former international civil servant, still involved on a pro bono basis in African and Middle Eastern diplomacy, he helped pioneer modern election observation at the 1980 Zimbabwe independence elections. He chairs the Kwok Meil Wah Foundation, a philanthropic group and, as a recognised martial arts master, teaches on a pro bono basis in several African locations. He has published 35 scholarly books, five volumes of poetry – with his work continuing to be anthologised, and three novels.

Prof Hany Besada

GGA Advisory Board

He is also a Senior Research/Programme Advisor at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is also a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow with the United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa; Senior Fellow, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto; Senior Fellow, Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), Columbia University; Research Fellow, China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), China Agriculture University; and Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University. Previously, he has served as Deputy Executive Director at the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI); Regional Advisor, African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Theme Leader: Governance of Natural Resources at the North-South Institute (NSI); Research Specialist on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel Secretariat on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Program Leader and Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada; Principle Researcher: Business in Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa; and Policy Advisor for the South African Ministry of Local and Provisional Government, Amnesty International, United Nations Associations, the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice, and the Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Dr. Besada is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scholarly journal papers, dozens of policy papers, over 70 opinion pieces and editor/author of 14 books. He sits on a number of boards, panels and expert groups, including African Capacity Indicators Reference Group, Society of International Development, Canadian International Council’s Aid Study Group, Pan-African Legal Network, Institute of African Studies Advisory Committee, United Nations Association-San Diego Advisory Council, Canadian International Council’s Africa Study Group, Cambridge Review of International Affairs Review Board, Canadian Foreign Policy Review Board, Alvin Curling Foundation Advisory Board, Centre for Youth Development and Engagement Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.

Prof William Beinart

GGA Advisory Board

Prof William Beinart is Emeritus Professor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He was a student at the University of Cape Town and did his doctoral work in history at SOAS, University of London, in the 1970s. He taught at the University of Bristol (1983-1997) and at the University of Oxford (1997 to 2015). He has been chair of the Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies, Director of the African Studies Centre at Oxford, President of the African Studies Association of the UK (2008-10) and in 2009, he was elected to the British Academy. Publications include Twentieth-Century South Africa (2001), The Rise of Conservation in South Africa (OUP, 2003), Environment and Empire (2007, with Lotte Hughes); Prickly Pear: the Social History of a Plant in the Eastern Cape ( 2011 with Luvuyo Wotshela) and African Local Knowledge (2013 with Karen Brown); The Scientific Imagination in South Africa, 1700 to the Present (2021 with Saul Dubow). He researched for the Eastern Cape land reform programme in the 1990s, and also on land restitution cases in that province. He has recently been writing on these issues: Rights to Land (Jacana, 2017 with Peter Delius and Michelle Hay); ‘Smallholders and Land Reform: A Realistic Perspective’ (CDE, 2018), ‘Next Steps Towards Land Reform’ (CDE, 2019 both with Peter Delius); and is involved in a project on land reform and agrarian change with Sonwabile Mnwana and Luvuyo Wotshela of the University of Fort Hare.

Prof Rod Alence

GGA Associates

Prof Rod Alence is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. He is a specialist in the political economy of governance and development in Africa. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of African History. Much of his research focuses on elections and governance in Africa, including a multi-year project on determinants of election-related violence. He developed and coordinates the MA program in e-Science at Wits, which provides training in statistical computing and applied data science methods for researchers in the social sciences and humanities. He earned his PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2001, and his dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s annual prize for best in the field of political economy.

Prof Chris Alden

GGA Advisory Board

Prof Chris Alden is Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Director of LSE IDEAS. He is author or editor of New Directions in Africa-China Studies (Routledge 2018), China and Africa – Building Peace and Security Cooperation on the Continent (Palgrave 2017), China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalist (Johannesburg: Jacana 2014), Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), China in Africa (Zed 2007). He regularly teaches courses at University of Cape Town and Peking University and was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, 1990-2000.

Governance Insights & Analytics Programme

Christine Dube

Site Member

Christine Dube is the lead researcher of our Governance Insights & Analytics programme. She completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies in 2011, her Honours in Commerce in 2012, and her Master of Commerce at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013. Her experience includes risk analysis, finance, administration as well as marketing and sales. Her interests include monitoring economic and social developments.

Pranish Desai

Site Member

Pranish is a Data Analyst within the Governance Insights & Analytics programme. He completed his Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics Philosophy and Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2017 and his Honours in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2018. Both qualifications were awarded with distinction. Most recently he completed his Master of Arts in e-Science at the University of the Witwatersrand with this degree forming part of the Department of Science and Innovation’s National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform. His research interests include African governance, quantitative social analysis, and political geography. In addition to his academic qualifications Pranish has held several student leadership positions including experience as a residence head mentor, a residence sub-warden, a university tutor, and a research assistant.

Monique Bennett

GGA GIA Programme

Monique Bennett holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her interest in the field of data science and statistics was sparked by her quantitative methodology course during her studies. Her research focuses on development theory, governance, and the environment within the African context. She has written for news outlets such as the Daily Maverick and supports her research team by providing data-driven evidence for their research/op-eds. She has worked as a research assistant for In On Africa and as a public relations manager for the student organisation, Wits Inala Forum.

Sixolile Ngqwala

Site Member

Sixolile Ngqwala holds a Master of Commerce (MCom) in Economics from the University of Fort Hare, where he worked on the National Income Dynamics study (NIDS), based at the University of Cape Town, for Econometric research (econometric modelling, data coding, data mining, data analysis and interpretation). Sixolile has two BCom undergraduate degrees (in economics and in business financial management and industrial psychology). For his BCom Honours he majored in econometrics and economics. He has multidisciplinary skills, including an intersection of machine learning and data science (PYTHON and R-programming). Sixolile has background experience in natural resources, working with AngloGold Ashanti in the finance department. Later, he joined CNH-Industrial as a junior strategic developer and government relations. In 2019 he joined Good Governance Africa as a lead researcher, where he is responsible for quantitative and qualitative data management and statistical analysis on research projects relating to natural resources, land reform, and policy analysis, among others. At university he was involved in starting an academic society, New Economic Horizon, that fostered a working relationship between the Auditor-General’s office in the Eastern Cape and the University of Fort Hare’s accounting department.

Governance Delivery & Impact Programme

Dr Craig Moffat

Site Member

Craig Moffat, PhD is the Head of Programme: Governance Delivery and Impact for Good Governance Africa. He has more than 17 years of practical experience working for government institutions and multilateral organisations. He was previously employed by the South African Foreign Service, where he worked extensively at identifying and analysing security threats towards South Africa as well as the southern Africa region. Previously, he was the political advisor for the Pretoria Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stellenbosch University.

Stuart Mbanyele

Author

Stuart is a Junior Researcher in the Governance Delivery and Impact programme at Good Governance Africa. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the University of Pretoria. His dissertation explored the linkages between marginalisation and insecurity, looking at the securitisation of service delivery protests in South Africa. Before joining Good Governance Africa, He was a Junior Research Fellow with the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Cape Town. Before that, he worked as a research consultant at the Institute of Security Studies with the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme and as a Junior Lecturer for the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Human Security & Climate Change Programme

Sikhululekile Mashingaidze

Site Member

Sikhululekile Mashingaidze entered into the governance field while she was a part-time enumerator for Mass Public Opinion Institute’s diversity of research projects during her undergraduate years. She has worked with Habakkuk Trust, Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR-Kenya), Mercy Corps Zimbabwe and Action Aid International Zimbabwe, respectively. This has, over the years, enriched her grassroots and national level governance projects’ implementation and management experience. Her academic research interests are in the field of genocide studies, driven by her commitment to deepen her understanding of girls and women’s experiences and their agency in reconstituting everyday life, and their inclusion in peace-building and transitional justice processes. Socially, she has a keen commitment to supporting girls education, women’s economic empowerment and the fulfilment of their equitable and sustainable development in Africa’s underserved, often hard-to-reach communities. She enjoys writing and telling the stories of navigating everyday life.

Leleti Maluleke

Author

Leleti Maluleke is a Junior Researcher for our Human Security and Climate Change programme. She completed her Bachelor of Political Science in Political Studies in 2017, and her Honours in International Relations in 2018 at the University of Pretoria. She started her career at International SOS in the Security Services department as a Political Risk and Security Intern. Socially, her countries of interests include Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

Stephen Buchanan-Clarke

Site Member

Stephen Buchanan-Clarke is a security analyst with several years of experience working in both conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa, primarily on issues of peace and security; transitional justice and reconciliation; democratisation and governance; and preventing and countering violent extremism. He currently serves as head of the Human Security and Climate Change (HSCC) project at Good Governance Africa and is a co-editor of the Extremisms in Africa anthology series.

Natural Resource Governance Programme

Busisipho Siyobi

Editor

Busisipho Siyobi is the lead researcher in the Natural Resource Governance Programme at GGA. Prior to joining GGA, she headed up the Corporate Intelligence Monitor desk at S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting. Busisipho holds an MPhil in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Cape Town with a research focus on CSR within the South African mining industry. During her Masters, she worked as a research scholar at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Vincent Obisie-Orlu

GGA NRG Programme

Vincent is a Junior Researcher in the Natural Resource Governance programme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. His personal interests include current affairs, social and environmental justice, social and economic policy, as well as the nexus between law and politics. He is a strong believer in the important role which institutions, governance and rule of law must play for there to be sustainable development on the African continent.

The Africa Governance Papers

Richard Jurgens

Site Member

Richard Jurgens is a former editor of GGA’s flagship publication, Africa in Fact, and has been appointed as editor of GGA’s forthcoming peer-reviewed academic journal, The Africa Governance Papers. He spent 10 years in exile with the ANC in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the Netherlands. He has worked in mainstream media, alternative media, the corporate world and for NGOs internationally and in South Africa. A published author with a memoir, a novel and several books of poetry to his name, he has a BA (Hons) in philosophy and is currently completing a Research Master’s degree in public policy studies at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance.

Africa in Fact Journal

Susan Russell

Site Member

Susan Russell is the editor of Good Governance Africa’s quarterly journal, Africa in Fact. She has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years as a journalist, editor, publisher, and as a general manager. Career highlights include several years working for Business Day and more than a decade as a reporter, editor and General Manager at the Sunday Times in Johannesburg.

Media and Marketing

Nompumelelo Mtsweni

Site Member

Nompumelelo Mtsweni has over three years experience working for and with different companies in different sectors, focusing on web development, qualitative user experience, research, data and visualisations. She is  committed to the use of technology to maximize the efficient communication of information to the public and to policymakers. To this end, she has worked in collaboration with Afrimapr,  and the University of Pretoria’s Data Science for Social Impact group on collating datasets of health facilities and capacities in South Africa. She has participated, with support from Datastory in Sweden, in the C40 cities  against climate change challenge. Nompumelelo has done background research and writing for journalists, with support from OpenUp and the Journalismfund.eu. She has been shortlisted for Google’s Get Ahead: Top Black Talent programme, and has also taken courses in computer science and information systems at the University of Cape Town.

Tshepang Molefe

Administrator

Tshepang Molefe is a webmaster for Good Governance Africa, a self–taught software developer with more than four years of CMS development and a passion for working on web focused technologies. Throughout his education and career, he has thrived in projects that require critical problem solving skills. His work experience spans several domains, and in each of these he has demonstrated a good work ethic, and an ability to collaborate with others and work independently. Tshepang started his career in tech as an IT support and operations practitioner for small corporate firms, and eventually evolved into a software developer working with start-ups to create world class software. He is also an amateur drone pilot and involved in local community farming projects for sustainable organic farming and he is also focused on advancing his knowledge with the latest cloud technologies such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and he is already a Certified Microsoft Azure Associate.

Liziwe Mbha

GGA Media and Marketing

Daughter of an educator and the Judge President of the Independent Electoral Court of South Africa, Liziwe Mbha graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology. She then went on to join the SABC as a sports journalist, where she was invited as a guest journalist by soccer team Mamelodi Sundowns to document their 2016 CAF champion’s league journey in Egypt. She branched out as a writer, creating social media content for retail conglomerate JD Group before settling her feet at GGA as the Social Media Coordinator.

Brandon Janse van Rensburg

GGA Media and Marketing

Brandon Janse van Rensburg is a layout artist and graphic designer with two decades experience producing content in the marketing, advertising and print publication industries – both full-time and as a self-employed freelancer – producing B2B, in-house communications and bespoke marketing collateral for small businesses and blue chip corporate clients.

Helen Grange

GGA Media and Marketing

Helen Grange is a seasoned journalist and editor, with a career spanning over 30 years writing and editing for newspapers and magazines in South Africa. Her work appears primarily on Independent Online (IOL), as well as The Citizen and Business Day newspapers, focussing on business trends, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and travel. Magazines she has written for include Noseweek, Acumen, Forbes Africa, Wits Business Journal and UJ Alumni magazine. Among NGOs she has written or edited for are Gender Links and INMED, a global humanitarian development organisation.

Amanda Chetty

Site Member

Amanda is a media professional with over 15 years of experience specialising in subscription marketing and sales, and audience development. Her core expertise is in identifying new business opportunities, networking with stakeholders, and managing audience focused projects. Amanda has led successful subscription campaigns and driven digital subscription strategies on multiple titles.

Miles Britton

Site Member

Miles Britton has been an active practitioner in Digital Media for 24 years, which started as a web design and application development company called All Things Digital. After starting a new ventures in the late 1990’s called E-data (listed companies fact sheets and investor relations), he settled at I-Net Bridge for 13 years where he honed expertise in digital product design, content production and content design and strategy, financial data, monetisation and e-commerce, business management, IT operations management, leadership and automation of operations for maximum efficiencies and returns. At I-Net Bridge, Miles started constructing the concept of Business Live, a project that would bring together all business properties of the then Avusa Group. The project changed not only the means of accessing digital business products but changed the operational structure of all assets concerned, namely Business Day, Financial Mail, Summit TV, I-Net Bridge Markets Bureau, and Business Times. He also has extensive business consulting experience in building digital businesses, digital transformation and the ever-ubiquitous mobile platforms for VOD, the unbanked population, education and youth entrepreneurial development. Miles is passionate about contributing to an Africa that starts to realise that “we have not  inherited  the land  from  our fathers but have borrowed it from our children.” – Dennis Hall

Administration

Mabel Nhlabathi

Site Member

Mabel Nhlabathi is administrator and receptionist at GGA. She has extensive experience in the contact centre and training industry, having worked closely with the Services Seta on grants and learnership allocations. Mabel keeps everyone connected and is a true problem solver for all who come to GGA.

Shoni Mabutha

Site Member

Shoni is an office assistant and cleaner at GGA and has been at GGA for over four years. Her confidence, personality, and ability to work with people makes her a very valuable member of staff. Her good communication skills and punctuality go a long way to keeping the office organised.

GGA Eastern Africa

Prof Bahru Zwede

GGA Chairmen

Bahru Zewde, currently Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University, is Founding Fellow and founding Principal Vice President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He was formerly Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University and Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies, a think tank based in Addis Ababa. He has also served as Vice President of the Association of African Historians and Resident Vice President of the sub-regional research network, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), and as Editor of its journal, Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review. In addition to serving as Editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Studies for 15 years, he was member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of African History and founding Editor of the Africa Review of Books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and Fellowships, including ones from the British Academy, Japan Foundation, the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin and Humboldt University. His major publications in English include: Bringing Africa Together: The Story of Ethiopian Airlines (1988); A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991 (2001); Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century (2002); Society, State and History: Selected Essays (2008); and The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 (2014). He has also served as a Consultant for a number of organizations, including Carnegie Corporation of New York, the African Union and African Child Policy Forum.

Dr Zerihun Mohammed

GGA Executive Directors

Zerihun Mohammed holds a PhD from University of Cambridge in Human Geography. He accumulated extensive experience working for more than three decades at various academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations as expert, practitioner and researcher. As a practitioner, Zerihun worked for different local and international NGOs, including SOS-Sahel (UK) and ACORD (UK) in Ethiopia. He also thought at Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources. Before joining GGA, Zerihun was working at Forum for Social Studies (FSS), a leading Think-tank in Ethiopia, as a Senior Researcher, where he published and edited a number of research works. Currently, Zerihun is serving as an Executive Director of Good Governance Africa-Eastern Africa Regional office at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr Rahwa Kidane

Author

Dr. Rahwa completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Development from Copenhagen University and a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide. Before joining GGA-EA, Rahwa has worked in academia and as a consultant for local and international development projects in Ethiopia. Her research focuses on rural-urban migration, natural resource management, land tenure issues, climate change risk perception, vulnerability assessment, and adaptation policy and practice in developing countries. Dr. Rahwa is particularly interested in understanding the complex challenges faced by smallholder farmers and finding solutions to them. At GGA-EA, Rahwa’s tasks include designing and implementing project initiatives, monitoring and evaluation of projects, and engaging in advocacy and lobbying activities.

Bethlhem Zewdu

Author

Bethlhem Zewdu is an Ethiopian young professional. She has been working in different positions as office manager, quality control and executive assistant manager. She obtained her Bachelors and MSc degrees from Addis Ababa University in Management and Quality Management and Organisational Excellence respectively.

GGA Nigeria

Dr Ola Bello

GGA Executive Directors

Oladiran (Ola) Bello obtained both his MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and also holds a First Class BSc degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has worked for organisations including the United Nations (New York) and Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG). Dr Ola Bello has more than 10 years of experience in research and policy advisory, including on governance and extractive sector reform; sustainable development; and international development cooperation (including in EU-Africa relations). He spent three years with FRIDE (Spain) managing a donor-funded programme on the EU’s role in managing fragility and resource governance in select African countries. In 2012-2015, he was Head, Governance of Africa’s Resource Programme (GARP) at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and also functioned as head of SAIIA’s Cape Town office. Ola is spearheading GGA's technical support to Nigerian reform, including delivering ethics training for senior Nigerian judicial officers and change-makers (2017-2019). He's also working to expand GGA's role as in-country resource centre for multilateral consultative missions to Nigeria's ministries and parastatals. These missions include the UNECA/AU mineral sector governance team.

Fisayo Alo

Author

Fisayo Alo is a Senior Researcher at Good Governance Africa Nigeria where he coordinates and supports research efforts. Fisayo has fifteen years of experience working in the development consulting, research, quality control, and community engagement. His interests include citizen participation in governance, policy analysis, economic development, and sustainable community development. Fisayo holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (University of Lagos), a Post Graduate Diploma (PDG) in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta), a Certificate in Ethical Circular Economy (Arizona State University), and a B Sc. degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He has managed a number of development projects and agricultural value chain studies for International donor agencies, such as USAID, FCDO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GTZ.

Eniayo Ibirogba

Author

Eniayo Ibirogba is a law graduate from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. Before studying law he got a degree in international law and diplomacy from Babcock university, Ogun state, Nigeria. His core interests are policy advisory, community development and human rights.

Julia Bello-Schunemann

Author

Dr Julia Bello-Schünemann is a multilingual research consultant. She is versed in integrated forecasting across sectors (including demographics, infrastructure, economics, conflict and violence, etc.), trend and risk analysis, data analysis, policy advice for governments and international organisations. Her expertise straddles Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union. She possesses vast experience in project management, fundraising, strategic planning, multi-stakeholder consultations, training and facilitation. She is currently an Associate Senior Research Consultant with Good Governance Africa-Nigeria. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Complutense University Madrid, Spain and an MA in Communication, Political Science and Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich in Germany.

GGA West Africa

Tina Asante-Apeatu

GGA Executive Directors

Tina Asante-Apeatu is the executive director of GGA-West Africa Centre. She holds a BA in psychology and politics and eMBA in project management. She manages various projects, including research and advocacy in the areas of land governance, property rights and early childhood education. She is also currently the president of the Police Wives’ Association of Ghana. Tina is married with two children and loves travelling to new places.

Gifty Obeng

Author

Gifty Obeng is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with over 19 years’ experience in various fields of work. With an international training background (Masters level) in sustainable environmental practices, Gifty specialises in designing programmes and projects that protect the environment and thus limit the negative environmental footprint of human activities. She has been at the forefront of advising agencies like the B-Bovid (agro-processing social enterprise) on sustainable agricultural practices and climate change adaptative measures for farming communities. Gifty’s commitment to the use of best planning practices in all initiatives she has supported stems from her training as a development planning professional at undergraduate level (see CV). A trained school teacher with more than 10 years’ experience, Gifty is also skilled in training and mobilising stakeholders with various needs, and in designing content to suit various categories of clients. Gifty currently occupies the position of Programmes, Monitoring and Evaluations Manager at the Good Governance Africa Centre, where she uses her strong professional training background in business administration (Big Data), Quick Books and ComCare to steer programmes and activities.

Edward Sarpong

Author

Edward is a development planning professional with over 10 years working experience in development cooperation, research and training. For six years, Edward worked as a technical development advisor working at all levels of the decentralised system in Ghana. At the local level, he has been directly involved in community mobilisations and engagements to document the needs of the people mostly in deprived districts. These engagements were further used to enrich national policy discourse and in the formulation of policies and programmes. Edward also coordinated interventions with the then 10 Regional Coordinating Councils (RCC) to support selected districts in the implementation of their development programmes. Over the last five years Edward has been engaged in trainings and research, working both in the private and non-governmental sectors. With a strong planning background both at the masters’ and undergraduate levels, Edward is a passionate advocate of inclusive planning and decision making, particularly on matters that could reduce poverty amongst marginalised segments of society. Edward also holds a practitioner certificate in organisational and systems development; a background that positively influences his engagement with stakeholders at all levels of society. Currently, Edward occupies the position of Senior Research Officer at the Good Governance Africa – West Africa Centre (see CV).

Akosua Sapaning

Author

Akosua Sapaning is a social worker with over five years experience in programme implementation support. She has had an exciting working journey involving fruitful engagements with six different corporate giants in Ghana, and also with Good Governance Africa - West Africa Centre. She has provided excellent support to managements of these institutions, where her skill in office administration and operations were of tremendous benefit. Her work entailed the promotion of activities supporting people with disability, as well as children’s rights and protection of girls’ rights (and female empowerment). Akosua currently works as a Project Assistant where she plays both administrative and research support roles. She has also received training in the area of report writing and been instrumental in capturing data and information at various GGA events in Ghana.