African Scholars Fellow

Wadeisor Rukato (Zimbabwean)

Ms Wadeisor Rukato holds a Master of Art degree in China Studies, with a concentration in International Relations, from Peking University’s Yenching Academy. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she later taught courses in International Political Economy (IPE) and Foreign Policy Analysis. Wadeisor is also co-founder of From Africa to China, an online platform which seeks to add a youth voice to the dynamic discourse on Africa-China relations. Her experience with youth work most recently manifested in her coordinating a United World Colleges (UWC) Short Course on development in Swaziland (2017-2018) and a subsequent Short Course on conflict (2018) at the International School Moshi (ISM) in Tanzania for youth between the ages of 16-20. Wadeisor’s broad research interests include: the security dimensions of Africa-China relations; the role of youth in peace and security in Africa; and the effectiveness of experiential peace education programs in both pre-conflict and post conflict environments.

Walter Sakarombe

African Scholars Fellow

Walter Sakarombe (Zimbabwean)

Mr Walter Sakarombe holds a Master of Development Policy from the Korea Development Institute, School of Public Policy and Management’s G20 Global Leadership Fellowship Programme, where he studied South Korean-African economic diplomacy extensively. Mr Walter also holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Rural and Urban Planning from the University of Zimbabwe where he currently works as a development researcher and consultant. He has a keen interest in centre-local relations and participatory democracy in Africa which constitute key thematic areas in his research work. His research interests include: local governance, peace and security; water and sanitation;, gender/HIV mainstreaming; and regional integration.

Yvonne Ajudua

African Scholars - Associate Fellow

Yvonne Ajudua (Nigerian)

Ms Yvonne Ajudua holds an MA in Human Rights and Conflicts Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa Italy, an MBA from Lincoln University, California USA as well as BA in Banking and Finance from Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria. She previously worked with the African Union as a Human Rights Officer in Burundi with primary responsibilities for documenting human rights abuses and making recommendations to the AU Peace and Security institutions. She has also worked with Plan International on monitoring accountability of African States on commitments to child rights as well as supporting the process of the drafting the Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights for the Kingdom of Swaziland. Her research interest is in the area of women and insurgency with special focus on Boko Haram.

Habiba Dahir

Women Fellow

Habiba Dahir (Kenyan)

Ms Habiba Dahir holds a Master’s Degree and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from United States International University (USIU). Before joining the fellowship, she was a program officer for the Women in international Security – Horn of Africa (HoA). She has also previously been part of the EU funded programme “Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa” (STRIVE). In 2016, Habiba was trained by United States institute of peace (USIP) in Washington DC on Empowering communities- strategies of fostering resilience. Her research interest is broadly on the role of women in the peace and security arena, with a particular focus on the interventions by women in violent extremism prevention in Kenya and Nigeria.

 Kidest DawitWomen Fellow

Kidest Dawit (Ethiopia)

Ms Kidest Dawit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University, where she later obtained a Master's degree in Peace and Security Studies from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS). Previously, Kidest has worked at the United Nation's University for Peace (UPeace) Africa Program as an Academic Officer and at African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) as policy officer and researcher. Her research interests span indigenous conflict management, women and disarmament, and the security implications of forced migration.

Varaidzo Carol Mupunga

Women Fellow

Varaidzo Mupunga (Zimbabwean)

Ms Varaidzo Carol Mupunga holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (BSc Hons) and a Master’s degree in International Relations (MSc IR) both from the University of Zimbabwe. She is an Alumni of the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa and the Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and has held various national leadership positions in Zimbabwe’s political landscape, including as a Political Liaison Officer for the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC). Varaidzo has also previously worked for Lusumpuko Trust. She has a keen interest in politics, particularly women in politics.

Judith Macharia

Early Career Fellow

Judith Macharia (Kenyan)

Ms. Judith Njoki Macharia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from Egerton University. During her time as a student at Egerton University, Judith was the President of the General Assembly for the Kenya Model United Nations Egerton Chapter and participated in the annual Model United Nations conferences at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi. She was also part of the Young African Leadership Initiative East Africa, Egerton Chapter. Her passion for sports has seen her venture into the sports industry, currently working as a Sports Marketer at the Urban Arena Football. Her research interest revolves around the use of sports as a tool for peace and development. 

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