Harvard Africa Policy Journal Staff

The APJ staff consists of graduate students from schools across Harvard University. Current staff information can be found below. If you have inquiries or if you would like to write for APJ, please send an email to africa_journal@hks.harvard.edu.

Danielle Callaway Njama is the Editor-in-Chief of the Africa Policy Journal and an MPA Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, where she majored in Psychology and Africana Studies. She is a former Fulbright Research Fellow in Tanzania, where she conducted research on mental health stigma and its policy implications. Danielle has over 10 years of experience facilitating foreign direct investment in East Africa. She founded and ran the strategy and management consulting firm, Africa Access, based in Nairobi. Prior to Africa Access, Danielle worked with Deloitte and supported the implementation of President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Liberia. She has led private sector projects in real estate, technology, tourism, health, and brand franchising. She is a dynamic leader, entrepreneurial-minded, and is passionate about building economic and social bridges between historical and contemporary African diaspora communities.

 

Brice Ngameni is the Senior Interview Editor for the Africa Policy Journal. Brice is a Cameroonian citizen who immigrated to the United States to further his studies. He graduated from American University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He then went to work for Citigroup for a total of six years, during which he rose to the position of Assistant-Vice President within Citi’s Export and Agency Finance division. In that capacity, Brice helped several African governments and corporate clients of Citigroup raise funding for important infrastructure or capital expenditure programs. Brice is passionate about the development of energy infrastructure in Africa and its nexus with sustained and inclusive economic growth across the continent. In his spare time, Brice enjoys watching soccer, reading classic African novels, and playing Basketball. Brice also enjoys mentoring teenagers from disfavored economic backgrounds. He served as a mentor for Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers.

 

Bulelani Jili is a Senior Publication Editor and Ph.D. student with AAAS and Government department. His research interests include Africa-China relations, ICT development, African Political Economy, Internet Policy, and Privacy Law. He is currently conducting research with the Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies project at Harvard Law School. His recent paper, Chinese Social Credit initiatives and African Surveillance States, particularly discerns the development of surveillance technology in China and abroad. He has also written about the Chinese guiding cases system (Peking University Law Journal, 2019) with Guo Li, Professor of Law and Vice Dean at Peking University Law School.

 

Salina Abraham is the Partnerships Editor and a MPP1 at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow, and a Harvard Belfer Center Young Leader. Over the past five years, Salina has been an advocate for holistic approaches to environmental challenges and community-centered programs for climate solutions. Through working with the Global Landscapes Forum, World Bank, and youth organizations, Salina developed several initiatives with stakeholders ranging from the World Economic Forum to local activists. Salina has also served as a co-coordinator of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, a capacity development program for young people across agriculture, agroecology, and the forestry sector. As a young Eritrean-American, Salina’s passion for green development in Africa has led her to launch programs in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa, and in Eritrea where her research examined the role of tri-sectoral partnerships between corporations, government, and local communities in restoring land and securing rural women’s livelihoods. Salina holds a B.S. in Economics and Environmental Science, Honors from the University of Washington.

 

Abosede Modupe Alimi is an Interview Editor and a tri-sector leader with over 17 years’ experience working across the non-profit, private, and public sectors as a development professional. She began her career in development with ActionAid International Nigeria and coordinated Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Keystone Bank, FirstBank and Samsung Electronics West Africa, respectively. Until her enrolment at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Mid-career, MC/MPA Mason Fellow, Abosede was the Director, Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management at the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) as part of a team creating jobs in Africa’s largest city by population, Lagos. Abosede is on a new mission to increase women’s political representation in Nigeria as Co-founder, ElectHER – an end‐to-end women’s political advancement initiative, addressing the under-representation of women in elective office in Nigeria through behavioral change communication, skills development and funding mobilization, with a goal to engage, encourage, equip and enable women to Decide, Run and Win elections.

 

Michelle “Abana” Cresswell is an Interview Editor with the Africa Policy Journal as a Center for Public Leadership Black Family Fellow and Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration 2021 degree candidate. Ms. Cresswell has joined the Harvard Kennedy School after completion of her service as the Defense Liaison Officer, United States Defense Attaché Office, U.S. Embassy Ghana between 2016-2019. She considers her time in West Africa, as her most formidable regarding the importance of Africa in her own personal history and considers her African family as beacons of light to her and other African Americans as we move come together with our brothers and sisters on the Continent to form one community to realize a shared promise. Ms. Cresswell earned a BA in Social Science from Chapman University in Orange, CA (3.97 GPA) and was also a graduate of the U.S. Joint Military Attaché School and Defense Language Institute. Michelle hails from San Pedro, California, United States of America, is married, and raising two confident teenage daughters.

 

Tahany Maalla is an Interview Editor for the Africa Policy Journal and MPA candidate (2022) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Tahany is a policy and governance specialist from Sudan with an academic focus on public sector reform and decentralized service delivery systems. Tahany has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Nottingham, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Khartoum.

 

 

Aaryan Morrison is a Publication Editor with the Africa Policy Journal. She is a junior at Harvard College pursuing a concentration in Social Studies. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her research interests include methods of post-colonial nation-building and processes of reclamation and decolonization. She was on the coordinating team for the 2019 Africa Development Conference and interned for the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa. Aaryan is currently working with the Africatown Collaborative in Mobile, Alabama. The project is a multifaceted development plan for the community of Africatown, including researching the history of the Africans aboard the Clotilda, the last slave ship to come to the United States.

 

Victor Ojeah is a Publication Editor of the Africa Policy Journal. He graduated with high honors in Law from the University of Benin, Nigeria in 2016. Upon admission to the Nigerian Bar, he practiced as a Corporate Attorney in Nigeria’s leading commercial law firm, where he advised on finance, security transactions and regulatory compliance, for three years. He is a former Scholar of the African Center of International Criminal Justice and Founder of International Law Resource Africa – a platform that provides access to international law information and scholarship for African law students. He volunteers online with the United Nations and routinely gives free legal advisory services on Lawbasket – a virtual legal service firm in Zimbabwe. Victor is passionate about economic development and installment of first-class policy infrastructure in Africa. At Harvard, he is pursuing an LLM degree with a focus on the intersection between public international law and international finance. Specifically, he is exploring possible legal interventions on the looming sovereign debt crises within the Sino-Africa economic spectrum.

 

Misthura Otubu is a Publication Editor and an LLM Candidate at Harvard Law School. She obtained her LL.B degree from the University of Lagos in 2017, and B.L from the Nigerian Law School in 2018. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Misthura worked at Banwo & Ighodalo, a top tier law firm in Nigeria, where she practiced Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisition. Her research interests are corporate law and policy, capital markets, law and economics. She is particularly interested in the intersection of law and economic development in Africa.

 

Yi Wu is a Publication Editor originally from Beijing, China. Yi is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Yi has been working with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations for more than a year; there he assisted with the development of the department’s strategy against hate speech and negotiations with member states on peacekeeping-related matters. In Spring 2019, Yi spent three months in Rwanda, learning and researching about the post-genocide judicial system. He also has previous work/internship experiences in governmental branches in China, the US, and Rwanda. Yi is interested in peace and security, nation-building, humanitarian aid, and the China-Africa relationship.

 

Onyekachi Aghasili is a Publication Editor and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. She is originally from Nigeria. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Prior to law school, Kachi established a career in both the insurance and trucking business sector. She has a deep interest in the intersection of business and human rights particularly as it relates to the African continent.

 

Amaya Sizer is the Social Media Editor and is a junior at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies, with an academic focus of ‘Transnational Politics around Women and Poverty’, and language citations in French and Spanish. Amaya aspires to work for an intergovernmental organization towards poverty alleviation and gender equality. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading fantasy novels.