Jide Olatuyi is the director at POLICY CONSULT in Abuja-Nigeria – a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to research, advocacy, capacity strengthening and policy development. Jide was part of the West Africa team that undertook the just concluded study on the impact of COVID-19 on the drivers of Conflicts and Structural Vulnerabilities in Africa. The research was jointly coordinated by AU’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He currently manages many regional and continental research in Peace, Security, Stability, and good governance. He is a lead consultant with the ECOWAS’ division of Human Security and Civil Society on the development of Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on Mixed Migration for Frontline Service Providers. His expertise is diverse in research/data collection/analysis, peacebuilding, security, stability, global trade competitiveness, international migration and development policy research.
Jide was the national expert on the “Evaluation of the EU’s external action support in the area of migration (2009-2019) in Nigeria” where he helps finalize the project
agenda for the country’s assessments of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and
challenges to migration projects’ performance between (2009 and 2019). Also, he is
one of the key Experts on the Review of Nigeria’s 2014 Migration Profile. In February 2020, he assisted in disaggregating complex migration configurations leading to the development of National Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in Nigeria. Also, he was a former Peace, Conflict Transformation and Development Journalist in West Africa and a former adjunct university lecturer. He’s had a diversified, successful, and result-based career in the media, civil society, international migration, and development policy formulation.
Areas of Expertise:Diaspora and development, Migration and labour market policies, Policy development
Language:English, French, Yoruba
Mr. Alain Koum is a diplomat, expert in Migration and Development, Diaspora and local development matters. He holds a Master’s in Diplomacy under the Economic Cooperation option from the Institut des Relations Internationales (IRIC) at the Unviersité de Yaoundé, Cameroon. Since 2013, he has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Cameroonians abroad, foreigners in Cameroon, Refugees et Migration Matters) as a support staff for many of the ministry’s projects
Areas of Expertise:Migration
Mr. Ndiaye completed his BA studies in English at University Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, after which he graduated in Education and Applied Pedagogy in École Normale Supérieure (Dakar). In the 90’s, he followed different international trainings in New Delhi (NIEPA) and Paris (IIEP) in educational planning and administration. After a few years of teaching, he grew interested in public policies applied to development questions. This interest has completely changed the trajectory of his career.
Areas of Expertise:Migration and development, International relations, Engineering
David Yawo-Mensah Tette graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1998 with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry before furthering his career in Germany at the Technical University of Berlin in 1990 with an M.Sc. in Food Technology. After obtaining his Masters degree, he returned home to engage as a freelance local consultant for the Swiss Import Promotion Program while at the same time acting as Counsellor for the Returning Experts Program for the Center for International Migration (CIM) in Ghana.
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Diaspora
Prof. Aly Tandian is Lecturer and Researcher in Sociology at the University Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal, a Titular Lecturer for African Universities of the Conseil African et Malagache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) and a Lecturer at the European Academy in Berlin, Germany. To date, he defended a doctoral thesis in sociology at the University of Toulouse 2 Le Mirail in France where he later taught for several years before joining the Sociology department of Gaston Berger University. Through his academic career, Mr. Tandian has supervised many doctoral theses in Senegal, Spain and France.
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Policy development
Language:English, French, Spanish, Pulaar, Wolof
Felicity Okoth is a migration specialist with 5 years of research and pedagogic experience drawn from working with think tanks based in East Africa. She is a research officer at the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) and a Tutorial Fellow in the Department of Political Studies/Communication Studies at Moi University. She teaches undergraduate courses touching on International Migration and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science on a part-time basis and, the Department of Communication Studies. Felicity holds a master’s degree in International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmo University, Sweden and is currently pursuing a Ph.D., which focuses on refugee resilience in Kalobeyei Settlement-Kenya.
Areas of expertise:Migration
Language:English, Kiswahili, Luo, Swedish
Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho is an established migration expert leading the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), a research think tank leading policy-based research on migration and development issues in Eastern Africa and beyond. In addition to her position as the Executive Director at AMADPOC, Dr. Oucho is also a Research Advisor for “Gendering Migration: Women and Girls Experiences of Gender base Discrimination, Abuse and Violence across Migratory Stages” at Masstrict Univrsity in the Netherland. She holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, where she specialized in international migration of African Women. Her research focuses on internal regional migration patterns within Eastern Africa including projects related to poverty, climate change and more recently youth, employment and migration. In addition, she supports countries to develop their national migration policies in line with the guiding principles outlined in the African Union, Migration Policy Framework for Africa (2018).
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Gender
Dr. Mary B. Setrana is a Senior lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon whereas the first female lecturer to be appointed to this position. Her Masters and PhD theses focused on exploring pre-post experiences and activities of return migrants to Ghana (Both voluntary and involuntary migrants). Her PhD in Migration Studies was a sandwich program between Radboud University, the Netherlands, and the University of Ghana. She teaches qualitative migration research methods, gender and migration, transnational migration and diasporas and social change, migration and development among others.
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Areas of Expertise:Migration, Development, Policy
Language:English, French, Arabic, Twi
Dr Lahlou is a Doctor of State in Economic Sciences, University Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), 1982. He received his Bachelor of Economics at Mohamed V University, Rabat where he is now a professor and associate researcher. Dr. Lahlou has in-depth knowledge of the issue of international migration and analyses the various migratory flows in the Mediterranean and between the Maghreb and the EU. He is carrying out numerous studies on this subject, with the support of academic and research entities (such as IUE in Florence, IAi in Rome, ICMPD in Vienna, IEMed in Barcelona, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, etc…), and drafted numerous reports with the support of the Moroccan Ministry in charge of SRM and migration affairs, the International Labor Office or German Cooperation (GIZ). Dr Lahlou is an NGO representative to UNESCO promoting, since 2021, an initiative for an International Fund to finance scientific research in Africa.
Areas of Expertise:International Migration, International economic relations, Water and environmental issues
Language:English, French, Arabic
Dr. Leander Kandilige is a Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Course Coordinator and Examinations Officer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana. He obtained his DPhil. (PhD.), MSt., PGCert., MA and BA qualifications from the University of Oxford, University of Southampton and University of Ghana respectively. His areas of academic research interest include: Global South-North migratory movements and their effects on policy formulation; migration-development nexus and implications for developing countries; migration and population dynamics; migration, globalisation and development; labour migrations in Africa and theories of migration.
Dr. Tewabech Bishaw is a passionate Public Health Specialist with over 40 years of national, international and global work in public health leadership, program design, management, strategy and policy development, training and human resource development, advocacy, and institutional and community capacity strengthening. She is a human rights advocate, gender and culture sensitive social entrepreneur who was born in Jimma, Ethiopia, and whose career began as a primary school teacher.
Areas of Expertise:Public health, Human rights
Dr. Yera Dembele is an international consultant on migration and development issues since 2013, President of Fédération Euro-Africaine de Solidarité (FEASO) and Secretary General of Afrique-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT). He has university experience and field practice used in the design and implementation of teaching in the field of social sciences and statistical analysis. His previous experiences have enabled him to develop partnerships, collaborations and contractual relationships, including internationally, and to supervise student projects, master’s theses and engineering and professional internships.
Areas of Expertise:Migration and development, International relations, Engineering
Eyachew Tefera is a committed and resourceful executive director of the Institute for African studies – IAS. His diversity of knowledge includes more than 10 years of experience in diaspora capacity development, international development strategy and policy-making, fundraising and staff management. He has years of experience in research on Africa, Europe and globally on topics like: Climate change & climate modelling, new materials & innovation, environmental management & policy, ODA, the pros & cons of migration, integration, human trafficking, SDG, PAD (People of African Descent), Diaspora engagement & policy development, capacity building, community development, geo-political analysis & governance, remittances for development, justice & human right, as well as advocacy; all from an African perspective and “righting the wrong” in all its forms.
Areas of Expertise:Diaspora capacity development, International development strategy, Policy-making
Abe Oluwafemi holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Political Analysis from the National Research University, Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia, and in 2017, submitted a thesis on ‘Anti Human Trafficking policies in Nigeria and Russia: Case of sex slavery,’ to the department. Since 2019, Femi has been collaborating as a Research Fellow with the University IUAV Venice on the INSigHT Action, a project sponsored by the European Commission and implemented by the International Center for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD)
Areas of Expertise:Human trafficking
Language:English, French, Yoruba, Russian
Papa Balla Ndong holds a Masters in International Migration from the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Valencia Spain. He is an Intercultural Social Mediator accredited by the Valencia government Spain. He has worked at Solans Abogados. He has been the Project Manager of the Valencian Migrant Gastronomic Guide of the Robert Bosch Foundation. He has coordinated several European projects in the fields of culture, tourism, urban, and creative bureaucracy
Language:English, French, Spanish
Mr. Kamtamdjou is a Civil Society Expert with 10 years of experience in advocacy, participatory research, and development of methods for social transformation, advocacy on human rights and the promotion of development initiatives led by the diaspora. As a holder of a Masters in public law from the University of Yaoundé II Soa, he began his career as an advocacy officer for the ASSOAL, a Non-Governmental Organization.
Areas of Expertise:Diaspora and development, Analysis and monitoring of public policies ,Human rights
Adams Bodomo is a University Professor of African Studies (holding the Chair of African Languages and Literatures) at the University of Vienna, Austria – the first Black person to occupy this top academic position in an Austrian university. He is also Deputy Head of the University’s Department of African Studies and Director of the Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform at the University.
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Diaspora, Languages
Language:English, French, Swahili
Bachir Hamdouch holds a State Doctorate in economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a graduate of Sciences Po Paris. He was a professor of higher education (PHE) at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) and at Mohammed V-Rabat University. He has also taught at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University of Quebec in Montreal, and the Hassan II University in Casablanca. He specializes in international economic relations, economics and development policies and international migration.
Areas of Expertise:International economic relations, Policy development, Migration
Professor Bolade Eyinla holds a doctorate degree in History from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague. In the last 32 years, he gathered working experience in training, policy and applied research and capacity development at national and international levels in the area of democracy and governance; foreign and development aid policy analysis; migration and development. He has ten years of practical working experience in Nigeria and across West Africa in election management, as well as in the monitoring and observation of the electoral process based on the Electoral Cycle approach with specific reference on the assessment of EMB election preparedness.
Areas of Expertise:International relations, History
Language:English, German, Yoruba
Dr. Boubakri has in-depth knowledge in issues of migration, investments, and development in the regions of origin and destination societies. He is carrying out various studies on this subject, such as his leadership in the revision of Tunisia’s SNM (Stratégie Nationale Migratoire/ National Migration Strategy), the “Update of the National Migration Strategy” launched by the National Migration Study and Funded by the ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development) and the EU, and the “MC2C” (Migration City to City in the Mediterranean) UN Habitat-ICMPD-UCLG (United Cities & Local Governments) project .
Language:English, French, Arabic
Professor Joseph Kofi Teye is the Director of the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) of the University of Ghana. He is also an Associate Professor of Migration and Development in the Department of Geography and Resource Development of the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Leeds and a Master of Philosophy Degree in Social Change from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research interests include migration and development, migration policy development, environmental change and migration, and natural resource governance.
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Areas of Expertis:Migration, Development
Ms. Ndioro Ndiaye is Minister Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, current Coordinator of the Francophone Network for Gender Equality (RF-EFH), President of the Non-Governmental Organization Alliance for Migration, Leadership and Development. She is also a member of the Academy of Sciences and Techniques of Senegal and holder of the Chair of Dental Public Health of the Faculty of Pharmacy Medicine and Odontostomatology of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD).
Areas of Expertise:Public health, Gender, Migration and development
Mr. Yordanos S. Estifanos is a graduate with MA in European Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He also earned MSc. in Population Studies from Addis Ababa University. He was a research fellow at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) in Germany researching on Transnational Migration, and a visiting scholar at the University of Bonn for the Spring School on “Global Transformation towards Sustainability”. Furthermore, Mr. Estifanos recently completed a researcher project on “Migration Industries in Transnational Migration Project” coordinated by the University of Sussex, in UK. He has a wealth of research experience, especially in irregular migration from Ethiopia to South Africa.
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Climate change, population and development
Dr. Didier Djoumessi has a PhD in Political Science option International Relations from the University of Cologne in Germany. He is currently working as the Project Director for “Promotion of Agri-based enterprises in rural areas” in GIZ (German cooperation) Mali. Since 2016, Mr. Djoumessi has been president of Migration for Development in Cameroon and promoter of the initiative entitled “New Cameroon”.
Areas of Expertise:Development, Agribusiness, Migration
Language:English, French, German
Fatma Khalaf is trained in the law and jurisdiction field, which she has developed, since her early years at the university. She had an extreme sensitivity to the theme of the effectiveness of the law and an attachment to the principles of human rights, in general, and the rights of migrants, in particular. She holds a master’s degree in public international law, and her dissertation topic was “the protection of civilians in armed conflicts”, including the protection of refugees and displaced persons.
Fatma’s professional experience with the Tunisian section of the French NGO, France Terre d’Asile, as head of the permanence for the reception and accompaniment and in charge of an operational assistance to migrants has allowed her to not only to immerse herself in migration issues, to identify the various problems that the migrant public meets in Tunisia and to develop evolving modes of protection and accompaniment adapted to the current context of the country. This daily work is accomplished in close cooperation with a diversified network of international organizations (IOM, UNHCR, etc.) and Tunisian associations for the defense of human rights. This expertise has been further confirmed within GIZ in the framework of the “Migration for Development” program, while considering the political stakes of the issue.
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Human rights
Language:English, French, Arabic, German
Tsedeke Lambore is a seasoned migration researcher at Wachemo University, Ethiopia, wherein he is working as a Research and Community Service Vice-President. With a background study in applied statistics, he is interested in the application of statistical modeling in international migration. Exemplar par excellence is his Ph.D thesis, “Generalized Linear Mixed Modelling of Determinants of International Migration from the Southern Ethiopia: Small Area Estimation Approach”. He has extensive experience in teaching and advising postgraduate students for more than a decade
Areas of Expertise:Migration, Statistical modelling
Country:English, Amharic, Hadiyisa, Kembatisa
Frank Ulrich Haldjeng Nkomba is a Cameroonian diplomat in charge of monitoring migration issues within the Ministry of External Relations of Cameroon. His academic career covers the topics of human rights, international relations, and public law. Expert in the protection of the rights of migrants after training at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law of Sanremo in Italy, he is also an eligibility officer at the Technical Secretariat of the bodies for the management of the status of refugees in Cameroon. He is currently the national focal point for carrying out the study on return, readmission, and reintegration programs in Africa, initiated by the African Union (since June 2020).
Areas of Expertise:Human rights, International relations, Public law, Migration
Specialized in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for over 20 years, Dr. Hicrhi is an Associate Professor at the University of Sfax. She holds a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille II (the Quantitative Economics Research Group of Aix-Marseille (GREQAM)) and the University of Tunis El Manar (Laboratory of Economics and Industrial Management (LEGI) of the Polytechnic School of Tunis).
Areas of Expertise:Entrepreneurship, Development
Language:Arabic, English, French
Ogunbayo Atinuke holds a Master degree in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Ibadan, Oyo state and in 2012, submitted a thesis on “The Effects of Xenophobia on Nigeria Immigrants in South Africa” to the department. Since 2012, Atinuke has gathered working experience in facilitation, advocacy, Program management training, capacity development in the area of Gender Based Violence, Conflict resolution, Mitigation, human trafficking, Mediation and Negotiation. She has been involved in rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking and irregular migration with the National Agency on Prohibition of Trafficking in person (NAPTIP) and International Organization on Migration (IOM). She has also gained extensive experience in field (baseline survey) and policy research relating to women and gender, monitoring and evaluation etc.
Area of Expertise:Peace and conflict studies
Karima Belhaj has10 years’ experience in statistics, where she has worked in different domains related to population, International Migration and Mobility, Empowerment of women and girls, Employment, Heath. During these years, Ms. Belhaj developed knowledge in statistical survey design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
Ms. Belhaj is committed to improve the quality of statistics especially in the field of International Migration and Temporary Mobility as co-chair of two UN Expert Group: the UN Expert Group on Migration Statistics led by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNDESA) and the Data and Indicators Working Group of the “Data Alliance for Children on the Move” led by UNICEF. These groups aim at enhancing the quality data on international migration necessary for evidence-based policy making.
Areas of Expertise:International Migration and Mobility, Empowerment of women and girls, Employment, Heath
Aya Kasasa is an International Expert in Development and Strategies. She specialised in the definition and implementation of developmental strategies by servicing the organs of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States – OACPS (former ACP Group of States) and the European Union (EU). She contributed to the adoption of the Brussels Declaration of ACP Ministers responsible for Asylum, Migration and Mobility, the ACP Position on Migration and Mobility for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the setting-up of the ACP Observatory on Migration in collaboration with the IOM. She is currently responsible for the implementation of the Programs launched under the Cotonou Agreement in the areas of Migration, Urbanisation, Culture, and for the definition of programs under the new OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement.
Areas of Expertise:Development Policy and Strategy, Program management
Education:Master in Development
Molatokunbo Seunfunmi A. OLUTAYO holds a Ph. D in Political Science from the University of Ibadan. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. She currently teaches in and coordinates the Gender Studies programme of the institute. Her research and teaching interest surround gender and development studies, research methodology and political economy. Haven undertook various research, Olutayo’s work speaks to transformation in contemporary gender discourse. She has published in reputable journals including African Notes and African Development and has been involved in advocating for women ‘s career advancement in Higher education institutions through the Women Advancement Forum; International Exchanges, Research and Academia (WAFIRA) programmes since 2014 and now the Nigeria national coordinator of the She has engaged in a project investigating “Gender and Career in Higher Education in Nigeria/Ghana: A Labyrinth” for and fully sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). She is currently involved in a research ‘Agrarian Change and Commercialisation in the South -Western Nigerian Cocoa Sectors Work Stream One Nigeria team Funded by Agricultural Policy Research of Africa ( APRA) 2018 to date ). Cultural practices of the baby factory phenomenon in South-eastern Nigeria as well as a trainer of trainees in the Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL), Nairobi, Kenya.
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Areas of Expertise:Gender, Public policy
Dr Mehari Taddele Maru is currently Part-time Professor Migration Policy Centre and Academic Coordinator of the Young African Leaders Programme at the School of Transnational Governance and at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is also a Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, Belgium.
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he holds a PhD in Legal Sciences from JL Giessen University, Germany, an MPA from Harvard, an MSc from the University of Oxford and an LLB from Addis Ababa University.
With more than 20 years of management and professional working experience in multilateral bodies, he combines research excellence with a deep knowledge of multilateral systems. Dr Mehari is a member of the Technical Committee of the Tana High-Level Security Forum (modelled on, and uniquely related to the Munich Security Forum for Africa), and he worked as Programme Coordinator for the AU Migration Programme and Legal Expert at the African Union Commission (AUC). Dr Mehari also served as Chief Strategist, Legal Drafter, and Lead Migration Expert in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). He served as Programme Head for Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and as Director for University Reform at Addis Ababa University, in addition to serving as a member of the university’s Senate and Policy Committee.
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Areas of Expertise:Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Affairs, Peace, Security and Risk Analysis, Planning, African governance, Foreign policy
Fatoumata Diop studied Marketing and Private Law, before earning a diploma in marketing techniques at the University Institute of Management and a Masters in Business Law at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako. In 2015 she opened the ALNABOU study firm (Assistance locale et Nationale au Business et Opération d’Utilité Socio-Economique; Local and National Business Assistance and Socio-Economic Utility Operation). This is a project support cooperative with members of research firms, training organizations, construction companies, event agencies, etc. Its main area of intervention is support for migrants with development and business creation projects. It has set itself the objective of ensuring quality services in terms of studies, advice, and assistance. It is also involved in the construction of transport infrastructure, hydro-agricultural and rural development, water supply and sanitation, civil and industrial buildings. Ms Diop is also a member of FEASO (Fédération Euro Africaine de Solidarité; Euro African Federation of Solidarity) and Collectif des jeunes entrepreneurs du Mali (CJEM).
Areas of Expertise:Business
Language:Bambara, English, French
Ms. Neila Dorra Jaibi holds a Masters degree in legal science and is currently completing a doctoral thesis entitled “The process of integration in the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”. She is a Member of the Research Laboratory in International and European Law and Maghreb-Europe relations and of the Tunisian Association of Euro-Mediterranean Studies. Since June 2019, member of a working group founded by IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral assistance). This group was created in the framework of a study project on Article 49 of the Tunisian Constitution of January 27, 2014. Ms. Jaibi is currently teaching at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis.
Areas of Expertise:Law, International relations
Language:Arabic, French, English
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