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.

Harvard Africa Policy Journal Staff

 

Brice Ngameni is the Editor-in-Chief of 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.

 

Hanan Hassan El-Kathiri is the Co-Managing Editor and an LLM Candidate at the Harvard Law School (2020). She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been admitted to the bar in 2016. Before joining Harvard Law School, Hanan actively practiced constitutional, commercial, civil and criminal litigation. She has been engaged in a number of high profile constitutional litigation matters in Kenya and was part of a team of Advocates who litigated on public interest issues touching on the bill of rights, interpretation of statutes and the enforcement of constitutional provisions. She is also a certified professional mediator. She plans to focus her studies in Administrative Law & Public Policy, Constitutional and Human Rights Law, International, Foreign Comparative Law and Jurisprudence and Legal Theory. She has always been interested in addressing issues on policy development in Africa, politics, governance and society in general in both Kenya and other African countries.

 

Guy Adam is Co-Managing Editor of Africa Policy Journal. He was born in Darfur, located in the western part of Sudan. He was forced to leave his country after the war broke out, and ended up in Israel, where he attended college and eventually made his way to the US. He studied at the College of County (CLC) in Chicago, majoring in Political Science and International Law. In August of 2017, he arrived at Harvard University, and remains focused in International Human Rights and Criminal Law. He quickly joined Africa Policy Journal (APJ), where he met some amazing people. Guy is heavily involved in on-campus activities and is currently co-managing the Africa Policy Journal, drawing people’s attention to issues of the continent.

 

Ameze “Mez” Belo-Osagie is the Senior 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.

 

Michael Gwala is Communications Editor. He is an LL.M. student at Harvard Law School.  He is an advocate and a member of the Johannesburg Bar in South Africa, where he hails from.  He is a former clerk to Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Prior to converting and becoming an advocate, he was an attorney and a transactional lawyer for a number of years.  As a transactional lawyer, he was made a partner at one of the leading law firms in South Africa at a tender age of 24.  He also spent a year working in the M&A department at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York – during which time he was admitted as an attorney and counselor-at-law in the State of New York.

 

Awab Elmesbah is the Online Editor of Africa Policy Journal and MPP student at Harvard Kennedy School. Before that, Awab worked as a TV associate producer for a Sudanese media production company, and as policy and research coordinator for Center for Development and Public Policy in Khartoum. His areas of interest cover issues around economic transformation and its implications for social justice, public sector reform, and the resurgence of national development planning in Africa. Awab holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Khartoum, and an M.Sc. in African Development from LSE.

 

Dawit Gessese is Senior Partnerships Editor and a joint degree JD/MBA candidate at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Before starting graduate school, Dawit was a private equity investor at Advent International based in Boston. He has also worked in investment banking at Lazard in New York and spent time working in growth equity investing in Southern Africa. Dawit was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents from Ethiopia and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Shaan Mavani is Interview Editor and a Mid-career MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Shaan has broad experience across the public, private and international development sectors, most recently serving as Senior Director and Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency in Addis Ababa. Before this he worked with the Boston Consulting Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He has a first masters degree focused on peacebuilding and development in Africa, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics.

 

Daniel Oyolu is an Interview Editor and a JD candidate at Harvard Law School. Daniel was born in Toronto to Nigerian parents and grew up in Houston, Texas. He studied Spanish at Bates College and studied abroad in Cuba, Spain, and Brazil. He worked as a Program Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, a research center exploring how the Internet is impacting and changing the world. He also worked as a fellow on Ayanna Pressley’s historic congressional campaign in 2018. He loves traveling, new music suggestions, trying new restaurants, and learning languages.

 

Hezekiah “Hez” Shobiye is the Lead Publication 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.

 

Bulelani Jili is a 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.

 

Tomisin Ogunsanya is a Publication Editor and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University and a Master’s in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2019, he served as a Speaker Coordinator for the 2019 LSE Africa Summit, and has interned at firms such as Sullivan and Cromwell and the Boston Consulting Group. Having grown up in Accra, Nairobi and Lagos, Tomisin has a firm interest in African development and international diplomacy.

 

Jenny Kwon is a Publication Editor with the Africa Policy Journal and currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, Jenny worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Rwanda country office, where she designed and implemented programs that support the Rwandan government in its efforts to leapfrog old technologies, infrastructure, and destructive development pathways to build a green economy that is resilient to climate change. She earned her Bachelor degree from Northwestern University, where she majored in Social Policy and Global Health.  Originally from South Korea, Jenny also spent 4 years in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Faith Adesua is a Publication Editor and LL.M candidate at Harvard Law School.  Her focus is on International Trade and Finance Law, Law and Development in Africa, and International Arbitration. Faith qualified to practice law in Nigeria in 2009. She started off her career in criminal litigation working for the Federal Legal Aid Council in Nigeria during her one-year National Youth Service, defending accused persons on trial for various offences and providing free legal services to indigent people that could not afford the cost of legal services. She was an Associate in the litigation and arbitration department of Aluko & Oyebode one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Nigeria. She was the Assistant Company Secretary of Guinness Nigeria Plc and Diageo Brands Nigeria Limited, both subsidiaries of Diageo Plc (a multinational company listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges). Prior to the start of her LL.M program, she was the Commercial Legal Manager of Guinness Nigeria Plc providing legal support to different departments in the organization and advising on strategic company projects; she was subject matter expert on the Company’s Competition and Anti-trust; Data Privacy; Anti-Money Laundering; and Anti-Corruption policies among several other responsibilities. Faith was a recipient of the prestigious Senior Corporate Counsel of the year award at the Africa Legal Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018. In her spare time, she loves travelling and spending time with family.

 

Augustine B. Kidisil is a Publication Editor with the Africa Policy Journal and an LL.M candidate at the Harvard Law School where he is focusing on international trade law, public international law, law of the sea, and international commercial arbitration. Prior to his studies at Harvard, Augustine practiced with the law firm Kimathi and Partners, Corporate Attorneys in Accra-Ghana. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana, recognized as Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500. Augustine holds an LL.M in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton, a Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) from the World Trade Institute, Bern, and an LL.B from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana.

 

Emenike Chinaza Omeye is a Publication Editor and an LLM Student at the Harvard Law School. He graduated from the University of Nigeria and practiced as a corporate lawyer in Lagos, during which he advised on some landmark transactions in the Nigerian corporate space. He also worked with the deal advisory and tax practice groups of the KPMG and PwC offices in Lagos. Emenike is interested in international finance and trade, especially within the African continent. He believes that the key to accelerating Africa’s economic and social progress may lie in increasing financial and trade integration among countries in the continent.

 

Afia Poku is a Publication Editor and an LL.M (20) Candidate at Harvard Law School . She completed her LL.B at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana where she obtained a First Class Honours. She is passionate about Legal research particularly in the fields of Law and Development and Corporate Law. She contemplates a fulfilling career in these two fields.

 

 

 

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