Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, studied Human Rights at Central European University-Budapest and also holds an Advanced Certificate in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Pretoria. He runs a regular column at the African blog,, where he writes about literature, politics, arts and culture. He has been the program director of the Writivism programme at the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) that he co-founded.

Ibeanusi, Kate Ijeoma

Ibeanusi, Kate Ijeoma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She has an MA in African Studies with specialty in Applied Anthropology from the same University.  She obtained a Diploma in Development Leadership from the Coady International Institute- St Francis Xavier University, NS Canada and a Certificate in Social Sector Management with emphasis on Transformational Leadership from the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University, Lagos.

Kate Ibeanusi has in the last 7 years+, worked in the field of advocating for the rights of women, girls and children in Nigeria. She has provided a wide range of services to abused women and young girls in need of access to justice, medical care and rehabilitation while working with Project Alert on Violence Against Women. In recognition of her efforts at addressing issues of Gender-Based Violence with specific interest on women, girls and children, she was honoured with the Katherine Fleming International Development Award in 2014 at the Coady Institute.

Dominique Alyssa Dryding

Dominique Dryding has a Bachelor of Social Science in Politics, Economic History and Gender Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has also completed her Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Justice and Transformation from the same institution. Her thesis focused on the gendered nature of the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Report. 

Mpho Letima

Mpho Letima holds a Teachers Certificate in Home Economics and Agriculture from National Teacher Training College (a.k.a Lesotho College of Education;LCE). She also holds a Bachelor of Education in Development Studies and English Language from the National University of Lesotho and a Masters of Education in Research and Evaluation. She is a Carl Malmberg Fellow from the University of Pittsburgh on Research and Evaluation with interests on Women’s health, Culturally Responsive Arts Education and Community Based Public Administration.

She has gained experience working in academia as a lecturer and being a practitioner working as a HIV&AIDS, Gender, and Cultural Entrepreneurship activist. She has been part of Lesotho mediation processes from 2011-2012 and continues to be an Independent Election Commission conciliator. 

Siphokazi Mnguni

Siphokazi Mnguni has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town majoring in International Relations, Economics and Business French. She has further completed a postgraduate BA (Honours) degree in International Relations at the University of Pretoria with a focus on Conflict, Security and the International Political Economy. She previously worked at the Centre of Human Rights (University of Pretoria) in the Unlawful Killings Unit as a Research Assistant; where she was responsible for the Unit’s collation of African reporting on the right to life, as well as for ad hoc research projects in support of UN and AU special procedures.

She additionally worked as a Political Science Tutor at the University of Pretoria, assisting in teaching content as well reading and writing skills. She has also played an active role in academic development and transformation at the University of Cape Town through student activism and various student leadership positions.

Sylvanus Wekesa

Sylvanus Wekesa has a background in History and Political Science from Kenyatta University. Prior to joining King’s College, Wekesa worked as a Research Assistant at the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi. While at ALC, has been part of the Working Group on Leadership and Peacebuilding under the African Peacebuilding Network-ALC partnership studying the Institutional and non-institutional approaches to peacebuilding in Africa.  He was also part of the working group on studying the East African Community’s peace and security protocol. He has worked as the inaugural editor of the ALC Newsletter and managed the social media platforms for the center. Previously, he was working as a volunteer Advocacy and Awareness officer in an organization dealing with disability.

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