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.

Adaobi Ezeokoli is the Editor-In-Chief of the Africa Policy Journal. She is currently a 2022 MC/MPA Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a communications expert with over 15 years of experience in communications, media development and journalism. She is a public health expert, with expertise in health communications and advocacy, evidence-based science writing, qualitative and quantitative research. She is also an administrator with two years of experience leading a non-profit team as Managing Director. She is an Obama Africa Leader and a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee Alumni. She tweets as @adankemeze. 


Noah Alemu Asfaw is the Lead Interview Editor at the Africa Policy Journal. He is a Mid-Career MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has more than 13 years of work experience in development and public service focusing on agriculture manufacturing and government performance management. He has worked on strategy and policy formulation, institutional design and establishment, and investment promotion coupled with grassroots project implementation in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, and Kenya. Prior to HKS he was working for the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) as an Advisor and as a Senior Advisor to the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and Rwanda Development Board.


Aaryan Morrison is the Lead Publication Editor- Print 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 worked as an intern for the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa and the Heritage and Cultural Association of Africa Foundation in Ghana. Aaryan has also worked with the Africatown Collaborative in Mobile, Alabama on 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.


Mayowa Ubebe is the Lead Publication Editor – Online, at the Africa Policy Journal. She is currently a Mid-Career MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School and an aspiring leader in government in Nigeria. She has a background as a Management Consultant working independently in the UK and with McKinsey & Company in the Lagos office in Nigeria. As a consultant she worked extensively on public sector strategy projects with African governments, international donors, and multilateral agencies to improve human capital development and infrastructure in Africa. Prior to working in consulting, she worked as an Engineer in the global energy industry in Norway, Indonesia, UAE, and Nigeria. She has a passion for infrastructure development, improving city liveability, promoting culture and tourism, and reshaping the educational curriculum in Africa. Mayowa enjoys writing poetry, gardening, and jogging outdoors.


Shambhavi Singh is the Online Editor at the Africa Policy Journal. She is pursuing a degree in Education Policy and Analysis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Fulbright-Nehru scholar. Her goal is to critically examine the accessibility and quality of higher education along the intersection of multiple identities in a comparative framework of both government and market being the service providers, in a global context. She has worked for over six years with grassroots and international non-profit organizations and government institutions to address issues of educational inequity at local and large-scale systemic levels in India, and countries of Eastern and Southern Africa. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Durham University in the UK.


Jeffah Ombati is the Partnerships Editor for the Africa Policy Journal and an LL.M Candidate at Harvard Law School. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Associate Arbitrator at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with First Class Honors from University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law. Prior to HLS, he was working with the Parliamentary Service Commission of Kenya, Directorate of Legal Services, Senate. He is passionate about promoting intra-African trade as envisioned in the African Continental Free Trade Area. He serves as Head of African diaspora in the Council of African Youth Advocates.


Monique Motty is a Publication Editor at the Africa Policy Journal. She is a Mid-Career MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked internationally on projects and policies focused on climate technologies, clean energy transition, and green finance mostly in African countries for a multilateral development bank, an international think tank, a national forest entity, and various UN agencies. She co-authored and contributed to peer-reviewed articles and reports on climate finance for energy transition, tenure related to bioenergy development, adaptation finance in the context of covid-19 and opportunities for upscaling private sector green investments. She holds a MSc in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics from City, University of London. A board member of the Future Energy Leader program from the World Energy Council (WEC), she sits on the Technology Executive Committee and Expert Group on action and support (ASEG) against loss and damage of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is an Executive of the Congo World Foundation.


Winston Michalak is a Publication Editor for the Africa Policy Journal and a senior at Harvard College studying electrical engineering. His research interests include African technology and energy innovation and policy, foreign policy and international relations, and economic development. At the Kennedy School, Winston has served as a research assistant on the Future of Diplomacy Project and supported study and scholarship related to international collaboration and security. He is originally from Evanston, IL.


Aishat Okesola is a Publication Editor at the Africa Policy Journal and an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds double First-Class degrees from the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School. Prior to commencing her LLM, she worked in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of Nigeria’s leading law firms. Aishat has over three years of experience providing legal advisory services to government agencies and private organisations on various domestic and cross-border transactions involving corporate and financial restructuring, acquisition and disposal of petroleum assets, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters in the energy and infrastructure sector. At Harvard, she is pursuing an LLM degree with a focus on corporate law.


Clark Azubuike is a Publication Editor at the Africa Policy Journal. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. He is a medical doctor from Nigeria, and has worked in general practice in Nigeria and the UK at the intersection of public health and primary care services with special interest in infectious diseases. He is interested in understanding how the social determinants of health affect how people access health care services and their clinical outcomes as well as how to leverage digital technology to mitigate these gaps. He enjoys writing, reading, mini-golf and jogging in his free time. You can reach him on twitter at @ogoclark.


Sirak Kurban is the Publication and Design Editor for the Africa Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an Ed.M candidate in Education Policy & Analysis focusing in Global, International, and Comparative Education. He is currently the Chair of Black EdPolicy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has spent the last several years as a 7th Grade ELA teacher in the U.S. He has a background in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)—studying global issues and policies at the intersection of morality, institutional change, and resources & scarcity. Born in Asmara, Eritrea, his interests range from social policies in East Africa, specifically Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as multi-faceted and innovative approaches to address educational systemic changes. You can reach his social media platforms @swkurban