The Team

Meet the team

OLUWABAMIDELE KOGBE

Coordinator/Editor

Oluwabamidele Kogbe co-founded the Dundee Africa Research Network shortly after starting his doctoral research in Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee.
His research focuses on African politics of regionalism, civil society regionalisation and comparative regional governance in the areas of peace, security, and sustainable development.
He has served in a voluntary role as Events Officer of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers’ Network (2018-2019).
He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Africa Working Group and a visiting researcher at the University of South Wales. ’Dele can be reached at bamidelekogbe@gmail.com.

Dr. PONTIAN OKOLI

Coordinator/Editor

Pontian Okoli is a pioneer co-convenor of the Dundee Africa Research Network. He majored in International Commercial Law and obtained his PhD in Private International Law at the University of Dundee.
His doctoral research focused on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Prior to his doctoral research and teaching as a Scrymgeour Scholar, he worked as Barrister and Solicitor in two Nigerian law firms – representing clients based in various parts of the world and worked with international commercial law firms. He also worked as In House Counsel in a leading Nigerian financial institution.
A great part of Pontian’s law practice experience concerns international commercial/corporate dealings and investment risks. Pontian’s research publications largely focus on the facilitation of international commerce from such perspectives, underpinned by the conflict of laws, dispute resolution, and access to justice. Among other research roles, he sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Law Bulletin (London). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Pontian was appointed Lecturer in Law at the University of Stirling where he has been teaching Private International Law, Commercial Law, and Research Methods. Pontian can be contacted at pontian19@yahoo.com

DR. JULIET AGBEIBOR

Co-Convenor

Juliet Agbeibor was a CEPMLP Scholar at the University of Dundee where she obtained her PhD. Her research focused on social accountability and conflict sensitive business practice in the extractive industry. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and is a trainer on the content and application of International Financial Reporting Standards. Before her programme at Dundee, Juliet worked as a lecturer in Accounting at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration as well as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Ghana Business School. Juliet believes that research is crucial for Africa’s development, and drawing from diverse knowledge pools is one important way to get there. Juliet can be contacted at jagbeibor@gmail.com.

DR. GEOFFREY MABEA

Co-Convenor

Geoffrey Mabea obtained his PhD at the University of Dundee where he was a CEPMLP Scholar and his research focused on the economics of energy markets integration. He was also a teaching assistant at the CEPMLP.
He is an alumnus of the University of Surrey on a Chevening Scholarship pursuing Energy Economics policy.
Geoffrey obtained his first and second degrees in Geomatic Engineering specialising in space satellites Geodesy and an MBA in Finance respectively both from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He has worked as a Geomatics Engineer, Drilling Planning Engineer, National Power Energy Planner (Kenya), Chief Engineer Corporate Planning and Strategy, Regional Power Projects Coordinator (Northern Corridor Countries), and as an Energy and Capital Projects Advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya. Geoffrey was appointed the first Executive Secretary for the Energy Regulators Association of East Africa.

RHIANNON DEMPSEY

Co-Convenor

Rhiannon Dempsey completed her Masters of Literature (Mlitt) in International Security at the University of Dundee. With a background in Geopolitics, her interests cover a wide range of subjects including development, terrorism, democracy, the use of tradition, and grass roots approaches to developmental issues and climate change.
Two of her research projects focused on the use of tradition in overcoming modern problems facing society in South Africa today, and using the case studies of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab in order to examine the root factors that cause people to turn to Islamic extremist groups within the African continent.
Rhiannon has a diploma in Arabic, a deep interest in languages, and is learning Xhosa.
She was an intern at the South African Parliamentary Monitoring Group. Rhiannon can be contacted at rhiannondempsey@hotmail.com

URENMISAN AFINOTAN

Co-Convenor

Urenmisan Afinotan is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Law School, University of Dundee.
His doctoral research focuses on resilience and environmental Justice; he is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Prior to his PhD studies, he worked as an associate in two Nigerian law chambers and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Ibadan where he specialized in environmental law and worked as a pro bono counsel at the Women’s Law Clinic at the University.
His research interests also include African legal theory, International law on terrorism, peace and conflict studies, political philosophy and humanitarian law.
Misan can be contacted at misanafinotan@gmail.com.

Pearl Oruamabo

General Secretary

Pearl Oruamabo is a doctoral researcher at the CEPMLP at the University of Dundee.
Her research focuses on the dynamics of multi-stakeholder engagement in energy development projects.
Areas of research interest for her include business, management, energy policy and corporate social responsibility.

APRIL HARVEY

Communications Director

April Harvey studied English and History at the University of Dundee. Her interests include African literature; principally colonial and post-colonial West African literature, with a focus on the themes of colonialism and culture, power and corruption, sexuality, modernism, and feminism.
She is also concerned with theories of identity formation, “vernacular” linguistics and the influence of oral traditions, as well as publishing trends and the reception of African literature in the West. Authors of special interest include Femi Osofisan, Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Buchi Emecheta.
Historically, her interests lay in the colonial history of Africa and Asia, with a focus on theories of post-colonialism and post-colonial culture, national liberation movements, nationalism, decolonization, and political transitions.
April can be contacted at azharvey@dundee.ac.uk

REBECCA MUTESI

Rebecca Mutesi was the Communications Director from 2016 to 2017.
She has a background in Electrical Engineering and obtained a master’s degree in Energy Studies and specialising in Energy Economics at the University of Dundee.
She was a graduate in training at ESKOM Uganda Limited, an organisation charged with the operation and maintenance of Nalubaale and Kiira Hydropower dams in Jinja district, Uganda. She has worked as a (grid) expansion engineer for the Rwandan national power utility.
Rebecca’s research interests include renewable energy policy and economics, demand side management, integrated resource planning, energy markets and regulation.
Rebecca believes in the potential of the African energy sector to be a major driver in the improvement of the socio-economic standards of Africans.
She also believes that more research should be conducted especially on regional energy markets, regulation and tariffs, especially with the East African Power Pool (EAPP) and Nile Basin Initiatives.

FORMER TEAM MEMBERS

DR. ROELAND HEMSTEEDE

Roeland Hemsteede was a co-convenor of the Dundee Africa Research Network and obtained his PhD at the University of Dundee. His doctoral research focused on how (power) relations between stakeholders affect the design and implementation of cash transfers in Southern Africa. His fieldwork takes place in Malawi and Lesotho. He holds a Master degree (by research) in African Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to his PhD he worked as a project coordinator and debate trainer. His main research interests lie at the intersection of power, social policy, poverty, and empowerment.