Sinmi Akin-Aina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Sinmi has done extensive work in research, advocacy, and programming with refugee and immigrant communities and young women, on the continent and internationally. Her research focus is on urban refugees in Kenya, refugee and immigration policy in Africa and internationally, women and peacebuilding in Africa, and gender-based violence in conflict settings.
Prior to the ALC, Sinmi previously worked at the YWCA Montreal, the Library of Parliament Canada, Planned Parenthood Ottawa and UNICEF Kenya.
Some of her publications include:
Akin-Aina, Sinmi. (2011). Beyond an Epistemology of Bread, Butter, Culture and Power: Mapping the African Feminist Movement. Nokoko, Institute of African Studies Journal, Carleton University vol. 2.http://carleton.ca/africanstudies/wp-content/uploads/Nokoko-Fall-2011-3-Sinmi.pdf
Akin-Aina, Sinmi. (2014). the State of Exception and Legal Ambiguity: The Kenyan Forced Encampment Directive for Urban Refugees. Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 4.http://oxmofm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/OxMo-Vol.-4-No.-1-Final.pdf