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Titilope Ajayi

Titilope is currently a PhD Candidate in International Affairs at the University of Ghana where she is studying gender and activism within the Boko Haram conflict., She is a three-time fellow of the Africa initiatives of the Social Sciences Research Council and has specialisms in gender, conflict and security, and civil society and civic space. Over the past 15 years, she has conducted research on gender mainstreaming in African security forces, state responses to violence against women, African security architectures and diverse aspects of civil society with a focus on Africa. Her current work, sponsored by the African Peacebuilding Network, centres on women and terror in Africa, the intersections of national and global frameworks on women, peace and security, and the gender dynamics of the displacement crisis produced by the Boko Haram conflict. Titilope has held previous appointments as Head of Research and Documentation at the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Fellow/West Africa Analyst with the International Crisis Group, Research Associate with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and Regional Programme Manager West Africa with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. She has consulted for the UNFPA, the European Commission, the Open Government Partnership, the African Security Sector Network, and the Women in Peace and Security Network-Africa, among others. She is a member of the African Security Sector Network and the West Africa Security Network. She is also a member of the African Studies Association of Africa and has served as its executive assistant since 2018. Titilope is on the Editorial team of Feminist Africa and is an accredited member of FemWise-Africa. Titilope enjoys writing and contributes periodically to Kujenga Amani, The CIHA Blog and The Nonprofit Quarterly online.

In 2017, Titilope founded Doing A PhD in Africa, a resource to encourage networking, peer support, and information and experience-sharing among African doctoral student on the continent.

Her latest publications include:

Rethinking Responses to Displacement in Northeast Nigeria, Kujenga Amani, 

#MeToo, Africa and the politics of transnational activism, Africa is a Country,

Dickson Ajisafe

Dickson Ajisafe is a Research Associate at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Works, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He possesses a Master degree in African and European Cultural Relations from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; a Master study in Politics and Public Administration at Konstanz University, Germany and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Dickson has participated in international seminars, workshops, professional training and study visits in Nigeria, South Africa, England, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ghana, Finland, Morocco, Austria, Belgium, France, Kenya, Ethiopia and Hungary. He is a recipient of international scholarships, bursaries, training and professional awards from South Africa, the USA, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Norway. His motivating success story has been featured by the European Commission in ESAA magazine, UP Alumni Magazine, Pretoria News, GovInn Webpage and UP WebNews.

Dickson is a member of Council for European Studies-USA, TSAS-Canada, ICPA-Canada, USIP-USA, SAIIA-South Africa, PLA- England, PUPiL-England, ESAA-Belgium, GovInn-South Africa, UACES/DIMES Member-United Kingdom, The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)-USA and ESASSA-South Africa.

He is a graduate member of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP); Occupational Safety and Health Academy-(OSHA), USA; and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He is a member of African Students and Alumni Forum ASAF and lectures Year 4 International Relations’ students on European Studies and Comparative Regionalism at the University of Pretoria and functions as Proposal and Project Evaluator for ESAAeu in Brussels and also serves as an Executive Officer with the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Carolina Nvé Díaz

Carolina Nvé Díaz San Francisco is a Hispanoguinean medical anthropologist born in Salamanca (Spain). He studied anthropology at the University of East London (United Kingdom) and University of New Mexico (United States). She has worked on research projects related to community health, and is currently based at Boston University, School of Medicine, where she collaborates in programs and initiatives aimed at migrant communities, women, and adolescents. The author is preparing doctoral research on health care systems, mental health, medical coverage in relation to dictatorships in Equatorial Guinea. She has published My mother is a star, (first edition), My mothers are stars (SIAL, 2019), and the essays “The Midwife of Wetzel County” in Broken Petals: An Anthology, and “Skins, Identity and Their Tragedies: The Learning and Healing of a Hispanoguinean Woman in the Diaspora” in the anthology Pan African Spaces: Essay in Black Transnationalisms.



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