The African Studies Centre, University of Oxford inaugurated its newly-constituted International Advisory Board on the 12th of October 2018. The nine-member board has been set up to guide the centre on policy and relationships with African governments, institutions and businesses.
The African Studies Centres International Advisory Board was formally inaugurated by the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), who will delivered a lecture at the event. The board chairperson is Mr Tito Mboweni, first black South African to lead the South African Reserve Bank and Minister of Labour in President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet from 1994 to 1998.
The Centre is one of the world’s leading centres of African Studies. Since opening its doors in 2004 the centre has built a reputation for its graduate level work and faculty research on Africa.
Vice President Osinbajo is an accomplished scholar, teacher, lawyer and administrator. He has held various professorial, government and UN positions, and is a leading expert on the Law of Evidence, National and Regional Corporate Commercial Laws, and Public Law.
The other members of the International Advisory Board are:
1. The First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos, a lawyer
2. Mr Gareth Ackerman, Chairman, Pick’n Pay, South Africa
3. Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs
4. Nigeria’s External Affairs Minister and most recently Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Zambia
5. Dr Charlotte Harland-Scott, British-born Zambian economic and social development specialist, Oxford alumna and former First Lady of Zambia
6. Governor Nasir El-Rufai, a Quantity Surveyor, Management Consultant and current Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria
7. Ms Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, founder and Managing Director of DLO Energy Group (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
8. Mr Alex Duncan, a Development practitioner, consultant economist and Director, Policy Practice, UK
9. Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah, a Ghanaian economist and author