IAPSS Africa is a consortium of students, early career researchers and emerging industry professionals with backgrounds in political science and its allied fields. The region hosts members from across the African continent whose interests intersect the diverse issues that embody socio-political and economic gaps and priorities in African affairs. This includes issues transcending youth and development, peace and conflict, geopolitics, digital revolution, governance, development finance, trade, climate change and emergencies among others.

The IAPSS Africa outreach strategy responds to the career aspirations of students and young professionals in Africa, who are in pursuit of opportunities by which they could lead meaningful change on the continent, as well as channels to build and expand productive networks. We pursue IAPSS’ regionalisation vision – which seeks to make the association more accessible, inclusive, and global – by organising workshops, webinars and conferences that congregate members and friends of the association from different countries on the continent.

Our goal is to build IAPSS Africa into becoming a powerhouse of human and material governance resources, and home to passionate Africans who will lead the next generation of change-makers globally.

Boluwatife Ajibola

Regional Chair

Boluwatife Ajibola is the current Regional Chair for IAPSS Africa. Boluwatife kicked off on Africa’s regional team as Projects and Events Coordinator (2020) where he (co)led the planning of several events that convened political science students and professionals from different countries in Africa. As Chair for IAPSS Africa, he is committed to a SHIFT agenda by which he steers the course of the region. He pursues and prioritises opportunities by which students of Political Science and its allied disciplines can lead fulfilling lives in their academics and professional careers. Boluwatife holds a master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. At LSE, he served on the university’s Pilot Student Education Panel, and as committee member of the LSE Development Society. He is the 2020 Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation Scholar at the LSE. He is an experienced youth mobiliser, educator and development professional, a recipient of multiple academic conference awards, study scholarships, and academic excellence awards. As a researcher, he specialises in areas cutting across ICTD, social movements, democratic studies and policy science.

Solomon Sanet

Deputy Chair

Sanet (Madonsela) Solomon is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of History and Political Studies at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). She currently serves as the Deputy Chair of IAPSS Africa, in addition to being Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the IAPSS Scientific Blog A Different View and Chair of the South African Association of Political Studies' (SAAPS) Emerging Scholars Research Committee. Sanet is an internationally published author, double cum laude graduate, and member of the International Golden Key Honour Society. Additionally, she serves as a Reviewer for the Taylor and Francis Politikon Journal. Her research focuses on Africa and the Middle East. Her latest academic publication is a forthcoming book chapter on climate change in Mali.

Nesma Tarek

Liaison Coordinator

I am the Liaison Coordinator at IAPSS Africa. My role is to establish new relationships and facilitate and maintain communication with partners and organizations. I am currently working at the British University in Egypt. I got my bachelor’s degree in political science from the British University in Egypt in partnership with London South Bank University. I am doing my masters in political science specifically in international security studies. I am interested in research, especially in international relations and security in the MENA region. I published my first research in “The Russian Foreign Policy towards Syria after the Arab Spring”. I participated in the second virtual World Congress of IAPSS and presented my paper on “The Regional Security dynamics of the Gulf Post-2011”. Apart from the academic field, I am interested in public relations and public speaking activities.

Michaël Rakotomalala

Madagascar Country Coordinator

Michaël Rakotomalala holds a degree in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies of Madagascar, and he also completed an exchange program at the University of Pretoria to consolidate his political studies. Michaël has a strong interest in governance, particularly in the political participation of youth. Beyond the academic aspect, Michaël is a person involved in Madagascar’s political and public life and has a strong anchorage in civil society. He is a member of the XVIIIth cohort of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation's Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP) - a leadership and personal development training program for young people committed to strengthening democracy and social justice in Madagascar - and has held several leadership roles in various associations. As Country Coordinator and leader of Youth & Citizens for Integrity (YCI), he aims to spread political culture so that Malagasy young citizens are enlightened in their political engagement.

Collins Akinujomu

Nigeria Country Coordinator

Collins Akinujomu is an undergraduate student of Political Science at Adekunle Ajasin University in Nigeria, he is a student researcher who has co-authored a paper on insecurity challenges in Nigeria, he is focused on international development, relations and diplomacy. Outside academia, he is a passionate social activist who sees community and global development as key responsibilities, he is a member of ONE Campaign, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), he advocates for community and global issues with a keen interest in SDGs 1, 4 and 16. He has undergone several leadership training in his areas of interest some of which include the SDGs, A Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future, Rotary Positive Peace Academy, Art of Activism etc. He holds and participates in workshops and seminars that train and develop potential young leaders. He also belongs to other leadership and professional bodies such as the National Association of Political Science Students (NAPSS Nigeria), He’s a member and alumna of the USA-based Center for Artistic Activism(C4AA). He’s a campus ambassador at the International Model United Nations (IMUN), an Indian-based UN-affiliated organization working towards the achievement of United Nations’ global development objectives, he is an active volunteer and studies about Pan-Africanism.

We invite students of political science, researchers, and industry professionals who would be interested in collaborating on and supporting ongoing projects aimed at transforming the governance and development trajectory of the African continent.

We are open to partnerships with student associations, thinktanks, research institutes, civil-society organisations, NGOs, and academic institutions, among others. We would be happy to collaborate on projects that intersect the broad goals of IAPSS and those specific to the Africa region.

Are you interested in collaborating with IAPSS Africa, please send an email to africa@iapss.org

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