- Pius Adesanmi, Director, Institute of African Studies, Carleton
Pius Adesanmi is the internationally-acclaimed winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing. Born in Nigeria, he now lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he teaches Literature and African Studies at Carleton University. He is one of Nigeria’s major public intellectuals and writes two weekly op-ed columns for the influential Sahara Reporters and NEXT newspaper. His first book, The Wayfarer and Other Poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors’ National Poetry Prize in 2001.He is Director of the Institute of African Studies and a Professor of English at Carleton.
- Sinmi Akin-Aina, African Leadership Centre for Peace, Conflict and Development Research
Sinmi Akin-Aina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Sinmi has done extensive work in research, advocacy, and programming with refugee and immigrant communities and young women, on the African continent and internationally. Her research focus is on urban refugees in Kenya, refugee and immigration policy in Africa and internationally, gender-based violence in conflict settings and African gender studies. Sinmi is currently a Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre for Peace, Conflict and Development Research, a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. Sinmi has previously worked at the YWCA Montreal, the Library of Parliament Canada, and UNICEF Kenya.
- James Nii Ayite Aryee, Federal Civil Servant, Ottawa
Dr. James Nii Ayite Aryee, a keen follower of African political and economic issues, holds an LL.M in International Law as well as an MA and Ph.D specializing in International Relations. He was a member of the Political Studies Department at the University of Manitoba where he taught courses in the following fields: Canadian Federalism; American Politics; Canadian Political Parties; and The European Union in World Politics. Dr. Aryee is currently a member of the Federal Civil Service and is based in Ottawa.
- Chantal Bacchus, Graduate Student, Journalism (specialization in African Studies), Carleton
Born in Canada, Chantal Bacchus was instilled with wanderlust from a young age. At 10 she moved to Tokyo, Japan, eventually relocating to the West Coast of Canada for her high school years and into the Okanagan where she earned her bachelor’s of International Relations at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. During her studies she spent six months at the University of Cape Town, where she wrote both hard news and opinion for the Varsity newspaper and spent much of her time in Ocean View – the township where former Simonstown residents were relocated to during apartheid. Now pursuing her master’s of journalism with an African Studies specialization at Carleton University, she seeks to enhance her lifelong love of the written word and use it to delve deeper into questions sparked by her international explorations. Her work has been published in UBCO’s Common Ground Anthology and she has given a Tedx Talk.
- Daniel Baheta, Senior Development Officer, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Daniel Baheta has PhD degree from the University of Kyoto Japan in African studies and International Development. He obtained his Master’s degree in African Education from the University of Kyoto and his honors degree from Carleton University in Political Science and Sociology. Currently, Daniel works with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He has worked at the Canadian International Development Agency since February 2006. As a Development Officer, he manages a portfolio of 5 operational projects (over $30 million in value), in Sudan focused around the sectors of governance, gender, education and capacity building. Daniel uses a range of monitoring and evaluation techniques for these projects and works with local and Canadian partners to improve the life of people in Sudan. He also has direct experience in negotiating and managing a variety of stakeholder need in international development. His accomplishments include three international publications regarding Eritrean Education, two countrywide survey reports in Basic Human Rights and Education in Eritrea and one research paper regarding the Eritrean Diasporas in Canada. He has advocated and helped lunched two successful human right policy campaigns in increasing awareness in girls’ education in Eritrea. His life experiences in Africa as citizen of Ethiopia where he was born from Eritrean parents and as a refugee in Kenya, his educational background in Europe, North America and Asia has given him chance to broaden his cross-cultural interaction with different communities and societies around the world.
- Leila Bamba, Graduate Student, Political Science (specialization in African Studies), Carleton
Leila Bamba is currently pursuing a collaborative MA in Political Science and African Studies at Carleton University. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in International Development. Leila was one of fifteen interns selected by the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies and was tasked with the production of weekly reports on the political affairs of various developing countries. She was also a writer and translator at the Upstream Journal, a Montreal-based journal focused on international development. Leila is originally from Cote D’Ivoire and her experience with civil war has forged her interests in conflict prevention and sustainable peace building in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Laketch Dirasse, former UN official
Dr. Dirasse, a Social Anthropologist by training (MA and PhD, Boston University and BA Wilson College), has over thirty years of experience in international development management, research, consultancy and training/teaching with the United Nations, international donors, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academic institutions. At the United Nations, she has served as Deputy Director of the UN Inter-Agency Division on IDPs; Chief, Africa Section, UNIFEM; Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM Regional Office for East, Central and the Horn of Africa; Senior Manager of the African Women in Crisis Umbrella Programme (AFWIC); and UN Advisor to the Botswana Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs. At the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, she served as Resident Representative for Kenya and Seychelles, and Chief of its Women in Development, Entrepreneurship and Management Centre. She has also worked as Assistant to the Representative and Program Officer of the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern and Southern Africa; Project Director at MATCH International Centre, Canada; Visiting Professor at Carleton University’s Norman Patterson School of International Affairs; and Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University. She has undertaken consultancy assignments with CIDA, SIDA, IDRC, UNDP, ICIPE and ESAMI. She has authored books, articles, manuals and handbooks on issues of displacement, technology transfer, gender, conflict resolution and peace building.
- Sarah Gillis
Sarah Gillis was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre where she completed the MSc programme in July 2011. Her research focused on conceptualisations of sovereignty and security, and related changes in statecraft, in Botswana vis-à-vis the circular flow of Zimbabweans across its borders. She has a particular interest in processes of democratisation in Southern Africa and has previously worked at the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Gender Unit, and the Department of Foreign Affair’s (DFAIT) Africa Bureau. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization in 2009. She is currently based in Ottawa.
- Kristine Harwood
Kristine Harwood is a second year Masters student at Carleton, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a specialization in African Studies. She holds an HBA in Political Science from Lakehead University, where she was a founding member of the recreated Political Science Association. She is presently working on a major research paper, focusing on anti-Black sanism and the stigmatization of Black masculinity/ies in Canadian mental health discourses. This semester, she will be completing a practicum with the Canadian Council on Africa, bringing a gender focus to various projects on trade and economic development.
- Wangui Kimari, Graduate Student, Anthropology, York University
Wangui Kimari is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at York University whose research is looking at the relationship between colonial/postcolonial urban planning and the violent policing of youth in Nairobi’s poor urban settlements.
- Wendy Lawrence
Wendy Lawrence holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto. Her direct participation in international development began with CUSO, when she taught English and African literature at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Activism in the Canadian women’s movement led to her serving as a policy advisor at the federal Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Then, in 26 years at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), including a posting in Jakarta, Indonesia, her various positions focussed primarily on women’s advancement and gender equality, usually regarding Africa. She was thus privileged to attend gatherings such as the NGO Forum of the UN World Conference on Women (Nairobi 1985), African regional meetings preparing for similar world conferences, and several fora of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Wendy taught Gender and Development at York University, Toronto while pursuing further graduate Women’s Studies. Articles by her, including book reviews and film criticism, have appeared in Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Quill & Quire, and Status of Women News. She also wrote the text of a monograph on Nigerian artist Bruce Onobrakpeya. More recently, Wendy has contributed to a (forthcoming) book on the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women.
- Firoze Manji, activist, publisher and scholar
Firoze Manji, is a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights and political organizing. He is the publisher of Daraja Press, and founder and former editor-in-chief of the pan African social justice newsletter and website Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press, and founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice.
He is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and Visiting Researcher at the Unit for Humanities at the University of Rhodes (UHURU), South Africa. He has previously worked as Director of Pan-African Baraza, an initiative of ThoughtWorks Inc; at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) as head of the Centre for Documentation, Information and Communications; as Africa Programme Director for Amnesty International; Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); Regional Representative for Health Sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa for the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC); and researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
He has published widely on health, social policy, human rights and political sciences, and authored and edited a wide range of books on social justice in Africa, including on women’s rights, trade justice, on China’s role in Africa, on the recent uprisings in Africa and an anthology on Amilcar Cabral. He is co-editor, with Sokari Ekine, of African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions and co-editor with Bill Fletcher Jr, of Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral. He has authored chapters in several books, including most recently Culture, Power and Resistance: reflections on the ideas of Amilcar Cabral in the State of Power 2017 published by the Transnational Institute.
He was a founding member of the steering group on the campaign for the ratification of the protocol on the rights of women in Africa Solidarity for African Women’s Rights. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths College, University of London; member of the editorial board of AwaaZ Magazine; on the board of directors of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; and on the editorial board of Nokoko, journal of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
He holds a PhD and MSc from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of London, and BDS from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- Toby Moorsom, Graduate Student, History, Queen’s University
Toby Moorsom is a PhD student in the Department of History at Queen’s university in Kingston, Ontario. His dissertation examines the Experiences of Neoliberalism among Tonga ‘emergent’ farmers in Southern Zambia. Toby has also been a long-time anti-poverty, global justice and labour activist, currently as a member of PSAC 901 and CUPE 3908. He is also a DJ with the Soul Shakedown Collective, which raises funds for social justice organizations while spinning world-beats in a celebratory anti-oppressive space.
- Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin, Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton
Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She is an African Feminist Geographer who uses a postcolonial urbanism lens to analyse urban renewal projects and new city building projects in Nigeria. Her other research interests include: critical race theory, mothering and disability in the African Diaspora and African Diaspora literature.
- Daniel Tetteh Osabu-Kle (Ph.D), Associate Professor, Political Science and African Studies, Carleton
Dr. Osabu-Kle is a retired Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, specializing in qualitative methods, development politics and administration, as well as African politics.
- Nduka Otiono, Assistant Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton
Nduka Otiono obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, and recently joined Carleton from Brown University where he held a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, worked closely with Chinua Achebe as Senior Research Assistant, and was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor. A fellow of the William Joiner Centre for War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts, Boston, his interdisciplinary research focuses on “street stories” or popular urban narratives in postcolonial Africa, and how they travel across multiple popular cultural platforms such as the news media, film, popular music, and social media. His research is informed by his background as a journalist and writer during the worst years of military dictatorship in Nigeria. His publications include scholarly essays in journals and books, as well as a volume of short stories, two volumes of poetry, and two anthologies which he co-edited. He was founding editor of The Post Express Literary Supplement (PELS), and other literary supplements in Nigeria. He has been a member of the organizing committee of the annual Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University, and the board of Brown University’s Africana Film Festival.
- Blair Rutherford, Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Carleton
A socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests gravitate around the politics and possibilities of international development, particularly concerning “civil society” in sub-Saharan Africa. He has carried out research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique. He has published Working on the Margins: Black Workers, White Farmers in Postcolonial Zimbabwe (2001, Zed Books & Weaver Press) and Farm Labor Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics (forthcoming, Indiana University Press), and numerous articles in academic journals and non-academic formats. He was the founding Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton.
- Daniel Tubb, Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Daniel Tubb is an economic and environmental anthropologist. He joined the University of New Brunswick in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Tubb was a Visiting Fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Carleton University in 2014, where he conducted doctoral research on gold mining and the political economy of natural resource extraction with Afro-descendant communities in northwest Colombia. He is writing a book about gold mining in the Colombian Pacific, which is under contract with the University of Washington Press. At UNB, Dr. Tubb is working on oil palm plantation agriculture and agrarian change in northwest Colombia. He is also beginning a new project on resource extraction along the Saint John River—from forests and mines to potatoes and refineries. His publications have focused human rights, violence, and citizenship, artisanal and small-scale mining, and the Black social economy in Colombia. He has received various research grants, including SSHRC funding at the MA, Ph.D., and Postdoctoral level.
- Bissy Waariyo, Graduate Student, Political Science (specialization in African Studies), Carleton
Bissy Waariyo is a first year Masters student at Carleton University, completing a degree in Political Science and specializing at the Institute of African Studies. She is also a recipient of the 2015 Canada Graduate Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate degree at York University with an Honours Double Major in Political Science and African Studies. During her time at York she was a two time recipient of the Esiri Dafiewhare Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, an annual award given to a student with the highest grade point average in African studies. Last fall her paper,‘Canadian Media and Refugees: The representation of Tamil Plight,” was published in York University’s HPS History and Political Science Journal. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the HPS Journal working with the Political Science editorial board where she was responsible for publishing three successful volumes. Broadly she is interested in 20th century African history and African political economy in post-colonial African societies. She is specifically interested in the growing presence of Canadian foreign direct investment for resource extractive industries across the African continent.
- Kaitlin Walker, Graduate Student, Political Science (specialization in African Studies), Carleton
Kaitlin Walker is in her first year of her Masters degree at Carleton University in Political Science with a Specialization in African Studies. In her third year of her Undergraduate degree (Global Politics and Law) at Carleton, Kaitlin interned in Malawi for World University Services of Canada (WUSC). She worked for a local NGO, The Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE), promoting the equal participation in sports between boys and girls. Her main focus within countries in Africa has been development and social issues, specifically in the southern/eastern parts of Africa.
- Chris Webb, Graduate Student, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Christopher Webb is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters in Development Studies for York University and has worked as a journalist for a number of years. His current research focuses on youth livelihoods and politics in urban South Africa, specifically addressing the ways in which township youth have navigated labour markets and education opportunities. Through this he is also looking at emergent political identities and modes of citizenship engagement through new forms of youth and student politics. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Khayelitsha, South Africa.