MEET THE TEAM

ANTOINETTE DARKO

I studied at the Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies, completing a PhD degree in 2014. I am passionate about how social development issues influence community development. My principal research interests include health, livelihoods, and sustainable corporate social investments in mining and oil communities in Ghana. I am a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana. I am a member of the advisory board for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in Ghana and have also served as a member of the National Planning Committee for establishing volunteer infrastructure in Ghana.

WINNIE SAMBU

I studied at the South African-German Centre for Development Research, completing a dual master’s degree in 2013. My expertise is in quantitative research and advanced data analysis. I have over 7 years’ experience working with large household survey data from across Africa. My main research interests include food security and nutrition, poverty and inequality, and household living conditions. I have published various reports and articles focused on socio-economic issues affecting households. I am currently undertaking a Doctorate degree at the University of Cape Town. Engage with me on Twitter: @wsambu.

HELVI PETRUS

I studied at the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics. Currently, I serve on the advisory board of the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree. I am a transport economist analyst, and my interests are driven by the desire to explore tools and techniques for transport investments and appraisals that advance transport infrastructure, development, and financing. I have undertaken several international engagements on global challenges facing the transport sector. With skills in economics, finance, and logistics, I am very eager to share ideas and collaborate with those whose interests are similar to mine.

OMONDI R. OWINO

I am a senior law lecturer and chair of Private Law Department at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. I studied at the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies, completing an LLM (Master of Laws) degree in 2010. I hold a Doctor of Laws degree from Bayreuth University (Germany). I have published a book on transboundary resource cooperation in the Lake Victoria Basin, and my research interests include regulation of renewable energy resources and their deployment in developing countries, environmental and regulatory compliance, and climate change law. I am a senior fellow of the African Good Governance Network.

JANET CHEPCHIRCHIR

I hold a master’s degree in education research from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, where I graduated in 2017 with a distinction. My thesis focused on examining indigenous knowledge in the school curriculum in Kenya. I graduated from Moi University (Kenya) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education Arts degree. I have over nine years’ experience teaching mathematics at secondary schools in Kenya. My research interest includes curriculum instruction, teacher education, Indigenous knowledge and education psychology.

ABISHA DAMBA

I am an international development professional fascinated by the interactions between knowledge systems and policy influence within the context of rural livelihoods and food security. I am currently a Knowledge Management Specialist with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (Zimbabwe Office). I studied at the South African – German Centre for Development Research (University of Western Cape) and graduated with an MA in Development Management in 2011. I am an ardent Pan Africanist with an intense interest to play a part in the African Renaissance.

NELLY KAMUNDE-AQUINO

I am a lawyer based in Kenya. I studied at the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice, completing a master’s degree in 2009. I was of the first group to be admitted by the centre. Upon completing my studies, I worked as a researcher with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya. I currently lecture at the Kenyatta University School of Law where I had also previously served as a Chair of Private Law Department. I am currently working on my PHD studies (Corporations in Armed Conflict: Assessing the gap in Criminal Legal Accountability).

CHARLTON TSODZO

I studied at the South African-German Centre for Development, completing a Ph.D. in International Development. I am an inter-disciplinary international development specialist with 16 years experience in research, programme design and implementation and consultancy and advisory services. I am a published author, public speaking coach, inspirational speaker, career coach, professional English editor, and conference facilitator/moderator. I work a lot in the field of disruptive innovations with entrepreneurs, start-ups as well as university business schools where I give expert advice, coaching and mentoring on the opportunities in tech innovations that upcoming entrepreneurs can leverage on.

PATRICK M. MFOSSA

I graduated from the Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance (CCAM) in 2015 and since then, I have been working as a part-time consultant in microfinance at Universal Finance Consult (UFINA) while pursuing a PhD in economics. I was recently admitted to the International and Interdisciplinary Research School with a focus on development policy in Sub-Saharan Africa jointly organized by Ruhr University of Bochum and ISSER at the University of Ghana. My research interests include microfinance, mobile money-driven financial inclusion, and financial resilience dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ERIA SERWAJJA

I am a lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Development Studies at Makerere University in Uganda. I studied at the South African-German Centre for Development Research, completing my PhD in 2014. I also have a master’s degree in development Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a master’s in urban planning from Makerere University. I have conducted extensive research on land and agrarian issues including land grabbing in conflict and post-conflict areas. My research interests include land tenure, food security, gender issues, rural and urban livelihoods, and extractive natural resources.