Ms Iris Nxumalo obtained a Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Studies (distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations (distinction) from the University of Pretoria. In her tenure as a student at the University of Pretoria, Iris occupied various student governance positions and served as a Content Tutor (2013) and Intern Lecturer (2014) at the Department of Political Sciences. She also volunteered for the African Youth Union, a pan- African youth Non-Governmental Organisation that seeks to act as a conduit between the youth, African governments and regional organisations.
Fellows (2016 -2017)
Radwa Saad graduated with a dual degree from the British University in Egypt as well as Loughborough University in the UK. She majored in Political Science but took many classes in Economics.
Since graduation in 2013, she has been working at the British University in Egypt as a teaching assistant. She has co-taught modules such as political sociology, introduction to political science and introduction to development. In 2015, she was selected from a pool of applicants to become an IDEX global fellow. During her fellowship period, Radwa spent 6 months intensively studying and working in the social enterprise sector in India. For her final project, Radwa worked with closely with an international Microfinance Institution entitled Accion and helped them establish an impact assessment strategy that was later used to access the results of their financial literacy programs across India. Since her return to Egypt, Radwa has been working to establish her to own Initiative that allows Egyptians to report, measure and combat the exchange of bribes in Egypt.
Ms Awah Leonide is a trained Supreme Court advocate from Cameroon who has over the past 6 years been working for Peace and Justice in Africa through research and policy Advocacy.
Prior to joining the fellowship, Leonide worked as a Research Assistant at the African leadership centre where she worked on a wide range of projects including a mapping study of the conflict terrain in Africa.
Ms Sheila Kinya Gitonga holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Language & Communication from the University of Nairobi, and has undertaken a Masters degree in International Relations with a focus on Strategic and Security Studies from the same institution.
While undertaking her BA studies, Sheila was among a group of young women who collaborated with Footprints Press to write portraits of selected women of substance and achievement in Kenya for the ground-breaking coffee table book “LIFE JOURNEYS – Seeking Destiny: Conversations with High Achieving Women in Kenya”. Since then, Sheila has worked in different capacities with Kenya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) – an independent think tank based in Nairobi.
Mr Zekarias Beshah Abebe has earned his first degree in law from Jimma University (2008) and Master’s degree in Public International Law from Addis Ababa University (2011), Ethiopia. Since his graduation in 2011, Zekarias has joined Dilla University first and then Debre Berhan University, College of Law as a lecturer of law where he has been delivering international law courses namely- Public International Law, African Union Law, Law of International organizations and others. In addition to his position as a lecturer, he has also held number of administrative positions including, Curriculum and Quality Assurance Coordinator, Summer Program Coordinator and Research and Community Service Coordinator.