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Harvard Africa Policy Journal Staff


Youssouf Camara is Editor-in-Chief and a joint degree MPA/ID candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Before starting graduate school, Youssouf worked for CrossBoundary LLC in Mali, advising investors in evaluating and executing investments in the region. Prior to that, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Accenture Consulting. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program in 2013. Born and raised in Congo-Brazzaville to Malian and Beninese parents, Youssouf has also lived in Côte d’Ivoire and the United States.


Mark Doumba is Managing Editor and an MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Mark is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur-investor. He is involved in a number of companies in the Logistics, Telecom, and Mobile Payment Industries. From a policy perspective, Mark was active in the design of the Green Climate Fund, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining and Metals. He most recently co-founded Okoume Capital SA: a €30.6 Million Sovereign-backed Venture Capital firm designed to finance entrepreneurship in Gabon. Mark is a Forbes ’30 under 30” honoree. He is a graduate of George Washington University and the London School of Economics (LSE).


Memme Onwudiwe is a Senior Interview Editor and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Memme was born in Xenia, Ohio to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and majored in International Studies and French. Memme has worked as an intern at the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2013, a research fellow at the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2015, and a temporary attachment at the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations in 2018. Memme has served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Africa Policy Journal and is currently Executive Vice President of the Harvard Law-MIT start-up.


Hamza Sebti is an Interview Editor and an LL.M. student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, France, in 2016 and has practiced corporate law in France. Born and raised in Morocco, Hamza is an Afro-optimist and believes that the African youth has an important role to play in Africa’s development.



Ameze “Mez” Belo-Osagie is an Interview Editor and a first-year student in a JD/PhD program split between Harvard Law School and Stanford’s Department of Political Science. Mez was born in Boston to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents, and grew up between Lagos, London, and Accra. She graduated cum laude from Yale with a dual distinction in Political Science and African Studies. Later, she completed her National Youth Service in Nigeria, working for J.C Wylie Strategies & Solutions, a security focused think tank, and volunteering at the Legal Defense and Assistance Project. In her free time, she enjoys African literature and pop-social science podcasts.


Abdulhamid (Guy) Adam is the Senior Partnerships Editor and a current student at Harvard Extension School. Guy survived the genocide in Darfur and came to the United States as a student. In his free time, he writes about his experiences on his blog, Guy Josif.




Jackson Miller is a Publishing Editor and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jackson comes to the Kennedy School after spending years mapping and exposing transnational organized criminal syndicates across sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia for law enforcement action. Jackson has also co-authored public-facing reports on the nexus of international security and environmental crime. Jackson’s current research examines the ways in which Africa-China relations are shaping new forms of transnational governance. He has presented work at the Association for Asian Studies (USA); the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (Japan); Howard University (USA); and the Center for Afro-Hispanic Studies (Spain). A proud graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, Jackson considers himself proficient in Mandarin and French.


Lucy Shaw is a Publishing Editor and a joint degree student at the Kennedy School and Business School pursuing an MBA and a Master in Public Administration in International Development. Lucy’s career to date has blended African rural development with management consulting for businesses and governments. Lucy worked at CrossBoundary to launch the first Mini-Grid Innovation Lab for Africa, testing business model ideas in the field with mini-grid companies to support investment. She also worked at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, leading projects to develop nation-wide government programs and policies in mechanization, food security, rural finance and inputs. Lucy was previously a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on energy and government.


Terrence Neal is aPublishing Editor and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, where he focuses on international law and development and energy issues.  Terrence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and also studied Global Governance Studies at Sciences Po Law School. This past summer, he worked at Covington & Burlington and Three Crowns, helping to advise on public international law, international investment law, and energy-related matters.  In 2017, Terrence interned in the International Energy Agency’s Office of the Legal Counsel.


Rick Wolthusen is a Publishing Editor and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate/McCloy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School with focus on public health and social issues and human rights. Rick was born and raised in Germany and is a researcher in neuroscience and medical doctor (certified in Germany and the US). He is also the co-founder/CEO of the German NGO On The Move e.V., which builds holistic mental health infrastructure in developing countries with local partners. He not only lectures nursing students in psychiatry and neurology but also teaches the general public about the brain and neuroscience (“Brain Awareness”) to overcome the stigma and human right violations associated with mental illness.


Shobiye Hezekiah (Hez) is a Publishing Editor with the Africa Policy Journal. Hez is a public health professional passionate about increasing access to quality and affordable healthcare for all. Prior to coming to Harvard, he worked as an advisor to the Born Free Africa Foundation supporting the Nigerian federal health ministry’s plan to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and most recently worked with PharmAccess Foundation in the Netherlands to explore provider-contracting strategies for a new State Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria. His professional experience spans across several countries including Nigeria, Switzerland, the Philippines, and the United States. In 2012, he co-founded Promenade Youth Initiative, a non-profit that has empowered over 2500 Nigerian youth with skills for entrepreneurship, leadership and responsible citizenship, and in 2014, won the Nigeria-America Partnership Award for his passion and contribution to social change. Hez is an alumnus of the Global Health Corps and Carrington Youth Fellowships in the United States and Nigeria respectively. He earned his DrPH from Boston University.


Aysha Valery is a Media Editor and a first year Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a member of the New York State Bar and worked as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Atlanta, Georgia from 2016 to 2018. Before working in Atlanta, Aysha graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 2016. Aysha received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Yale University in 2011.

Aysha’s focus at the Kennedy School is on conflict resolution and international development in war-torn countries in Africa. This focus grew out of her extensive studies and research on international human rights law. She developed a particular focus on the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan. After graduating from the Kennedy School, Aysha plans to work with people in these countries to conduct peace negotiations and to create economic development projects so that they can facilitate their transition from war to peace.


David Leftwich is a Media Editor and a first-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2018 with a double major in political science and psychology. In the past, David has interned with USAID, the Hudson Institute, and the State Department focusing on development policy in sub-Saharan Africa.  Outside of this work, David has volunteered as a tutor for Somali refugee children and worked as a consultant for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area. David hopes to focus on new policy areas, such as digital governance and behavioral economics while at Harvard.


Oladeji Tiamiyu is a Senior Liason and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. He previously worked in international development with the International Republican Institute in Washington D.C., as a teacher in Reunion Island off the coast of Madagascar, and with Linklaters LLP in New York City. Oladeji is fluent in Yoruba and French. He has a particular interest in the politics of the Indian Ocean. With his leisure time, Oladeji enjoys hiking, stargazing, and listening to Toumani Diabaté.

Volume XIX: 2018-19

Youssouf Camara, Editor in Chief
Mark Doumba, Managing Editor
Memme Onwudiwe Senior Interview Editor
Oladeji Tiamiyu, Senior Liaison
Abdulhamid (Guy) Adam, Senior Partnerships Editor
Jackson Miller, Publishing Editor
Lucy Shaw, Publishing Editor
Terrence Neal, Publishing Editor
Rick Wolthusen, Publishing Editor
Shobiye Hezekiah (Hez), Publishing Editor
Hamza Sebti, Interview Editor
Ameze “Mez” Belo-Osagie, Interview Editor
Aysha Valery, Media Editor
David Leftwich, Media Editor

Volume XIII: 2017-18

Alicia Bello, Co-Editor in Chief
Memme Onwudiwe, Co-Editor in Chief
Oladeji Tiamiyu, Managing Editor
Feyisayo Ogunmola, Editor for Academic Articles
Chizaram Modline Oparaji, Editor fir Academic Articles
Youssouf Camara, Editor for Academic Articles
Kenneth Okwor, Editor for Op-Eds
Peter Ngozi Nwaneri, Interview Editor
Priyanka Naidoo, Interview Editor
Abdulhamid (Guy) Adam, Partnerships Editor

Volume XII: 2016-17

Alicia Bello, Editor in Chief
Moctar Aboubacar, Managing Editor
Malcolm Temple,  Editor for Academic Articles
Abdul Carrupt, Interview Editor
Stanley Nweke-Eze, Editor for Online Submissions
Memme Onwudiwe, Partnerships Liaison

Volume XI: 2015-16

Alicia Bello,  Co-Editor-in-Chief
Devon Maylie, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Carolyne Makumi, Managing Editor
Mary-Jean Nleya, Senior Editor for Op-Eds

Volume X: 2014-15

Ngozika (Zika) Amalu, Editor in Chief
Devon Maylie, Managing Editor
William J. Azébazé, Senior Editor for Blogs
Alicia Bello, Senior Editor for Book Reviews
Elizabeth Bennett, Senior Editor for Interviews
Aviva Feuerstein, Senior Editor for Op-Eds
Caroline Gimmillaro, Editor for Academic Articles and Interviews
Jonah Rexer, Blogger
Bhekinkosi Sibanda, Communications and Media Officer
Ahmed Warfa, Senior Editor for Academic Articles

Volume IX: 2013-14

Mpumelelo Nxumalo, Editor-In-Chief
Joyce Hahn, Managing Editor & Finance Chair
Aubrey Merpi, Senior Editor for Academic Articles
Sarah Glavey, Senior Editor for Academic Articles
Tim Cheston, Senior Op-Ed Editor
Elizabeth Bennett, Senior Editor for Interviews
Kim Fernandes, Senior Editor for Book Reviews
Tomoo Okubo, Editor for Academic Articles
Ngozika (Zika) Amalu, Editor for Academic Articles
Bhekinkosi Sibanda, Communications Officer

Volume VIII: 2012-13

Bakary Seckan, Editor-In-Chief
Nick Birger, Senior Editor for Academic Articles
Sarah Glavey, Marketing Director
Joseph Luchenta, Director of Finance
Sarah Zhang, Op-Ed Editor
Aubrey Merpi, Op-Ed Editor
Gregory Lamontagne, Academic Articles Editor
Idris Fassassi, Academic Articles Editor

Volume VII: 2010-11

Sunkyo Im, Editor-In-Chief
Elana Safran, Editor-In-Chief
Afua Entsuah, Managing Editor
Irene Hu, Finance Manager
John Sheehan, Senior Editor of Articles
Lorin Fries, Senior Editor of Articles
Steve Silverstein, Senior Editor of Articles
Sophie Brion, Associate Editor
Emily Janoch, Associate Editor
Zekebweliwai Geh, Senior Editor of Commentaries
Jeff Locke, Senior Editor of Commentaries
Samantha Williams, Senior Editor of Interviews
Natasha Sunderji, Senior Editor of Interviews
Ilana Kessler, Senior Editor of Book Reviews
Rosie Osire Emerson, Senior Editor of Book Reviews
Farayi Chipungu, Senior Editor of Marketing
Alison Hemberger, Senior Editor of Marketing

Volume VI: 2009-10

Antoine Artiganave, Editor-In-Chief
Adibeli Nduka-Agwu, Editor-In-Chief
Rachel Tulchin, Managing Editor
Ribhi Hazin, Senior Editor of Articles
Elana Safran, Senior Editor of Articles
John Sheehan, Senior Editor of Articles
Torben Mideksa, Associate Editor of Articles
Sunkyo Im, Associate Editor of Articles
Mahat Somane, Senior Editor of Commentaries
Christabel Kwabi, Senior Editor of Commentaries
Beke Ncube, Associate Editor of Commentaries
Zekebweliwai Geh, Associate Editor of Commentaries
Jasmin Johnson, Senior Editor of Interviews
Andrew Myburgh, Senior Editor of Interviews
Grant Gordon, Senior Editor of Book Reviews
Ayisha Osori, Senior Editor of Book Reviews
Yewande Fapohunda Senior Editor of Marketing
Musa Kpaka, Senior Editor of Marketing
Marie-Ange Bunga, Senior Editor of Marketing
Afua Entsuah,  Senior Editor Web Development

Volume V: 2008-09

Dambudzo Josephine Muzenda, Editor-In-Chief
Andrew Elias Silvestri, Managing Editor
Antoine Artiganave, Senior Editor of Features
Adibeli Nduka-Agwu Senior Editor of Commentaries
Jasmin Johnson,  Senior Editor of Interviews
Michael Yakima Senior Editor  of Book Reviews
Ribhi Hazin Associate Editor of Features
Mahat Somane Associate Editor of Commentaries
Oyebola Olabisi Associate Editor of Book reviews
Rachel Tulchin, Associate Editor
Momar Dieng, Web Development
Aleem Bharwani, Editorial Staff
Allison Lombardo, Editorial Staff
Christabel Kwabi, Editorial Staff
Eunice Ajambo, Editorial Staff
Jonathan Faull, Editorial Staff
Naye Bathily, Editorial Staff
Ojobo Atuluku, Editorial Staff
Shamis Mohamud, Editorial Staff