Dr Ana Namburete, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford – ‘Beyond the Cranial Vault: Imaging the Fetal Brain using Ultrasound’
Dr. Namburete is a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and an Associate Research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College. She is the Principal Investigator of the Ultrasound NeuroImage Analysis Group.
Dr Simukai Chigudu, Oxford Department of International Development – ‘People were Dying Like Flies: The Politics of Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe’
Dr Chigudu is a Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development. He has previously worked and conducted research in Zimbabwe, Uganda, The Gambia, Tanzania and South Africa. Prior to taking up his studies at Oxford, he worked as a medical doctor for three years in the UK’s National Health Service..
Justice Georgina Wood is 2017/18 AIG Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government.Ghana’s Chief Justice Georgina Wood will be the new Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Visiting Fellow of Practice for 2017-2018 at the Blavatnik School of Government.
The AIG Fellowship is awarded each year to an individual from West Africa who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding contribution to the public good, through exemplary leadership in public service. Wood was the first woman to occupy the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in 2007 – at the time, she was the highest ranked woman in Ghana’s political history. After a stellar career in Ghana’s public service and judiciary, she retired in 2017, but is still a member of the Council of State of Ghana. She also serves on the board of international justice and human rights organisations such as the Global Justice Center.
What the programme offers:
1. A mentor of similar regional background and/or in similar field of study
2. Review application documents
3. Support with questions about the academic programmes in Oxford
4. Advice on securing for funding
5. First-hand insight into what to expect from living and studying in Oxford
What the programme does not offer:
1. Filling application forms
2. Writing essays
3. Payment of application fees
5. Guarantee of an offer of a place
6. Binding feedback on your application
The programme will be split into four sessions, each covering specific aspects of the application process. Sessions will take the form of video/phone calls, whenever possible. Mentees are expected to submit relevant documentation seven days prior to the session to allow the mentor to review the application material. Mentors may choose to email written feedback on the day of each session.
Dates for sessions to be confirmed.
Session 1: Introduction [no documentation to be submitted]
This session will allow the mentee and mentor to get to know each other, and allow the mentor to introduce the application process. This session will also provide a platform for mentees to ask questions about the application.
Session 2: CVs and reference letters
In this session the mentor and mentee will discuss a draft of the mentee’s CV and speak about the importance of reference letters and how to manage referees.
Session 3: Writing a personal statement
In this session the mentor and mentee will discuss a draft of the mentee’s personal statement.
Session 4: Funding
In this session, the specific requirements of various scholarship applications will be discussed. Mentees are expected to have already identified scholarships for which they are eligible. List of scholarships can be found here.
If you would be interested in applying to be a part of this mentorship programme, please send a one-page word document with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday November 8th, 2017.
1. Name and Surname
3. Undergraduate university and graduate university (if applicable)
4. Most recent academic transcript
5. Intended course of study
6. Reason for applying to the University of Oxford (300 words max)
An initial cohort of 10 mentees will be selected from amongst the applicants.
Note that neither the Africa Society nor any of its mentors can take any responsibility for the success or otherwise of a mentee’s application
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Prof Kelly Chibale – Founder and Director, Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), University of Cape Town.
Prof Chibale’s research has been in the field of anti-infective (malaria, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis) drug discovery and has been underpinned by (Hit to Lead and Lead Optimization) medicinal chemistry. His drug discovery research has also extended to the structure-guided design and synthesis of domain-selective inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme for cardiovascular and fibrosis disease indications in collaboration with Prof Edward D. Sturrock (IDM).
Prof Chibale was awarded a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery under the South Africa Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and administered through the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2008. In 2009, he became founding Director of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit at UCT. In the same year he was elected Fellow of UCT and the Royal Society of South Africa. In 2010 he became the founding Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK in 2014. Awarded a 2-year Cheney Visiting Fellowship at the University of Leeds in the UK and the SAMRC Gold Medal for 2016.
Prof Sandra Fredman – Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States University of Oxford.
Prof Fredman was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and became a QC (honoris causa) in 2012. She is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and a fellow of Pembroke College Oxford. She has written and published widely on anti-discrimination law, human rights law and labour law, including numerous peer-reviewed articles, and three monographs: Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (2nd ed, OUP 2011); and Women and the Law (OUP 1997),as well as two co-authored books: The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988), with Gillian Morris, and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She has also edited several books: Discrimination and Human Rights: The Case of Racism (OUP,2001); and Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer; and has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed law journals. She was awarded a three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2004 to further her research into socio-economic rights and substantive equality. She is South African and holds degrees from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford.. She has acted as an expert adviser on equality law and labour legislation in the EU, Northern Ireland, the UK, India, South Africa, Canada and the UN; and is a barrister practising at Old Square Chambers. She founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub in 2012, of which she is the Director.
This event is organised by the Africa Oxford Initiative and hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government.
The AVSP was set up to facilitate collaborations between academics at The University of Oxford and selected fellows, as well as to foster research and teaching excellence in research and academic institutions. Academics working in any African institute are eligible for the programme, and the first call drew over 350 applications.
Dr Anne Makena, the Program Coordinator of AfOx, said the Initiative is very excited to welcome the 2017 AfOx Visiting Scholars and believes that their experience will be both intellectually engaging and impactful – for Oxford and their home institutions.
“We had an overwhelming and fantastic response, meaning the demand for such a program is very high. Most of the applications were great, and about a third of them were quite exceptional. It was disheartening to have to turn away some of these excellent applicants and we have therefore been working towards finding other ways to support these brilliant academics.”
“In addition, we have secured more positions for the next cohort of the AVSP, in the hope that we meet more of the demand.”
THE AFOX VISITING SCHOLARS
Dr. Elima Jedy-Agba MBBCH, MSc. PhD. is a research fellow and coordinator of the International Research Centre of Excellence (IRCE) at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. She has a first degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, a Master’s degree in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health, both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.
She is a World Cancer Research Fund International Fellow and a 50 for 50 fellow of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Her research interests include cancer registration and epidemiology with specific focus on breast cancer and HIV associated cancers in sub-Saharan Africa. At the University of Oxford, her research fellowship will focus on trends in cervical cancer incidence and prevalence and projecting the future burden of cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Jedy-Agba will be based at Christ Church College and aims to use her time in Oxford under the AVSP to foster collaborations between the IRCE IHVN and the University of Oxford’s Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) of the Nuffield department of Population Health. Her research proposal will focus on ‘Trends and Projections in Cervical Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa’ and this will be done in collaboration with Prof. Donald Maxwell Parkin and Prof. Dame Valerie Beral of CTSU- Nuffield Department of population Health in Oxford. She hopes this research project could yield potentially important contributions to the literature in cancer research in developing countries and set the foundation for more future research collaborations.
Prof. Gerald Chikozho Mazarire is an Associate Professor in the History Department of the Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe. He holds a DPhil in History from the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests are on Zimbabwe, pre-colonial communities, liberation movements and the state. He was admitted as a Fellow of the American Council for Learned Societies in the African Humanities Programme in October 2013. He has various research and academic responsibilities which include being Editor of the journal Critical African Studies; Editorial Board Member of the Kronos: Journal of Southern African History, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on African History: Oxford University Press amongst others.
While in Oxford at St Peter’s College on the AVSP, Prof. Mazarire looks to strengthen collaborative efforts with various Oxford University researchers and academics which include Prof. Jocelyn Alexander – with whom he is organizing a Journal of Southern African Studies sponsored conference on the ‘International Connections of African Liberation Movements’ to be held in 2018. Also Prof. Gerald Mazarire hopes to continue close collaborations with Dr. Miles Tendi. He also hopes to gain access to various literature on Zimbabwe’s political history found at Rhodes House, the Bodleian Library and portal systems of various Oxford Libraries.
Dr. David Ssevviiri is a Departmental Head of Mathematics at Makerere University in Uganda, and overall coordinator of the Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme. He is a Senior Lecturer and an active researcher in the area of algebra. However, he also has research interests in algebraic geometry and representation theory of finite dimensional algebras. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univeristy (NMMU) in South Africa. He also holds a BSc Ed in Mathematics and Chemistry, an MSc in Mathematics from Makerere University; and an MSc in Mathematics Cum-Laude from NMMU.
In Oxford Dr. Ssevviiri will be based at St Peter’s College and will conduct research on Local cohomology and cousin complexes, and advance research relations between the Oxford School of Mathematics and Makerere University’s Department of Mathematics. He will be hosted by Prof. Yakov Kremnitzer at the Oxford Mathematical Institute.
The 2017 lecture will be delivered by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at 5.00pm on Thursday 12 Oct 2017 in the Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Hands Building, at Mansfield College.Please report to the Lodge on arrival and ask for directions.
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The role of the International Advisory Board is to advise on the overall strategy of the School and provide strategic advice to the Dean and senior management. The IAB assists the School in building productive relationships with governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations around the world. Members of the Board include the chairman, Lord Browne of Madingley, former United States President Bill Clinton and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google.
What issues affect governance in African countries? What is impeding the emergence of African countries from the scourge of governance deficiency? More specifically, why has the ANC failed to govern effectively in South Africa? What are the key lessons for African youth as they prepare to assume positions in government?
We are honoured to host the former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Dr Khulu Mbatha, a former special advisor to President Motlanthe and a veteran of the African National Congress to address these questions and more.
President Motlanthe and Dr Mbatha will engage in conversation on the importance of developing inclusive economies in African countries, the challenge of dependency and resource curses, corruption, and the importance of robust institutions.
Date: 13th September, 2017
Venue: Blavatnik School of Government