Robtel Neajai Pailey Awarded Mo Ibrahim FellowshipAfOx Steering Committee member and University of Oxford Alum Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey has been awarded a prestigious Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship.
Dr. Robtel Pailey, who is from Liberia, will be heading to the African Development bank for her fellowship. The fellowship which receives over 2000 applications and selects three future African Leaders and posts them to multinational organisations where they benefit from direct mentorship of the current leaders of these organisations.
Her core areas of research expertise include migration, citizenship, diasporas, transnationalism, conflict, post-war recovery, governance, and the political economy of aid, trade and remittances, all with respect to Africa. She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Denmark, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, the UK and US. With over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America, she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting governments, universities, NGOs, media institutions, regional and multilateral organisations. She is also an activist and author of a children’s anti-corruption book titled Gbagba.
Robtel will be leaving her current post at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford as senior researcher on the project ‘Migrants in Countries in Crisis’ which examines the migration implications of crises in six places – Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Libya, South Africa and Thailand.
Before joining IMI, SHE was a researcher at the Centre for Development Policy and Research, SOAS, as well as a graduate teaching assistant on the Migration & Development core course. Prior to that, she worked at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Republic of Liberia, first as a communications advisor and speechwriter to the President of Liberia and then as a migration and bilateral scholarships policymaker. During this time, she also served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Liberia and Stella Maris Polytechnic.
The other 2017 Ibrahim Fellows are Ndapiwa Segole (Botswana) who will join UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Oulimata Fall (Senegal) who will join International Trade Centre (ITC).