Ben Jackson holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Leeds. His interest in African issues began following a 10 day voluntary trip to Sierra Leone in 2011. Ben spent much of his time at University focusing on African issues, especially those of conflict and justice. In his final year Ben completed a dissertation looking at African regional organisations peacekeeping missions as part of the “African Solutions to African Problems” discourse. Ben spent two weeks in 2013 volunteering for the NGO Tearfund, where he worked on the Central African Republic. He is currently completing an internship for a Human Rights organisation, with a focus on a number of sub-Saharan African countries. His interests include politics, conflict and issues of justice.
Lebogang Tisane is a 25 year Old South African resident, who is currently studying towards an MBA and works in the e-commerce fraternity. She holds a degree in Bcom Law from Rhodes University and an Honours in Management from North West University, both in South Africa. She is also founder of an NPO aimed at empowering women and children, and addressing socio economic issues. She is a content contributor to waptrendz and a freelance business consultant, blogger, philanthropist and is passionate about the empowerment of women and children, and transforming the political and economic landscape of Africa and in particular, the perception of women of colour.
Jason McPherson holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in English and a minor in Sociology from York University in Toronto, Canada where he also resides. He has an interest in Africa, from its politics to its economics and as well as its people. He is a firm believer in the continent’s potential to become a global economic power due to its abundance of natural resources. He believes that once Africa and its people gain control of the allocation of their resources they will be able to lift themselves from the economic despair that they have been facing for many years. He is currently studying web design and web development, and he does freelance writing and web designing in his spare time.
Ami J. Sanghvi holds a BA in Political Science. Inspired as an [East] Indian American female by the impact of false portrayals of her own heritage, her experiences as a member of the Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, a love for culture, and her university education have provided her with global awareness. Now a member of the fashion industry, she is still dedicated to remaining active in accurately depicting the beauty of Eastern people, cultures, and places. She wants to draw more attention to the thriving education, business, art, and activism scenes in Eastern nations that have been portrayed only as being poverty- and brutality-stricken. Through learning about global affairs and hearing plenty of varying perspectives, she has taken a strong interest in portraying Africa in a brighter light. Her interests include politics, photography, writing, philosophy, literature, modeling, fitness, and MMA.
Maxwell Stone is a recent graduate from Durham University with a degree in International Relations (BA). Throughout his degree course he took an interest in African politics, studied a module called ‘Dirty War’ which provided an overview of the range of security and development issues facing many African nations. He has previously worked in Africa on Borana Conservancy in Kenya. During his time there he assisted with Safaris and helped with the Rhino conservation efforts. He is also currently working in Sierra Leone for the Justice Ministry, helping them coordinate the efforts of the NGOs currently working
Thabo Mahlakwena Matsepane or “Thabo Lens” is a photographer, fashion designer and creative director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started to take photographs in 2008. He is a young African storyteller through photography that centres on African women, their heart and their soul. Thabo is currently working for a media company based in South Africa and London as a photographer and content director. He shares his story through The Best of Africa and Design Indaba. This year, he wishes to travel around Africa to tell more stories about the continent and its women.
Gift Mbewe is a Pan African Youth committed to serving the continent. She is a young professional and founder of Endearing Zambia. She is an avid reader and researcher who has read in various fields among them leadership, communication, human resources, international relations, geopolitics, human and National security and Governance among others, in an effort to understand the systems and structures as the backbone of any progressive change. Gift is also a social entrepreneur who is passionate about investment in women and youth, human rights and the future of Africa and the world, creating a better world because we have what it takes. She is also an alumni of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative SA RLC.
Annie May Byrne Noonan holds a BA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following her graduation she works as a freelance writer where she enjoys telling stories about African culture and politics through a gendered lens. Having volunteered at African NGO’s and cultural centers in the UK, she particularly enjoys writing about African diaspora identities in the west.
Asifa Ali is a postgraduate student in Forensic Anthropology who has taken a keen interest in social issues since secondary school. She has a passion for global issues and politics with a keen focus on international news and topics which have no coverage. She believes it is important to talk about issues which are taboo even though one may not be in a position to bring about change. Discussing social issues provides awareness and a better understanding of problems, their exact nature and cause. Asifa also has a passion for photography and believes a photograph can convey a lot where words are limited.
Atabongwoung Gallous is a Postgraduate student at the Department of African – European Cultural Relations at the University of Pretoria. He is the former Project Lead of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute’s Alumni Forum, Founder of Africa Solidarity for Sahrawi- AFRISOSA and Institute for Critical Conversation (ICC), a platform for global scholarships seeking solutions through meaningful conversations on socio-politico and economic challenges. He is an associate member of South African Career Development Association. His interests include; Leadership and Good Governance, Migration and Development, Identity and Culture relations, Democracy and Human Rights, Counselling and Career Development. His recent publications are; The Impact of Brain Drain and Brain Gain on Africa’s Development (2018), Africa and the Euphoria of Decolonization: Morocco’s continual illegal occupation of Western Sahara the great stalemate (2017) and South Korea: A Progressive Discourse on the Contrive in Transitional Democracy and Economic Development (2018)
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