Key personnel

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Prof Adekeye Adebajo

Prof Adekeye Adebajo
Director
Tel (011) 559-7230
Email: aadebajo@uj.ac.za

Prof Adekeye Adebajo is the Institute’s Director. He previously directed the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town between 2003 and 2016. A former Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, he was the Director of the African Programme at the International Peace Institute in New York, and served on UN missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. He has written five books on African politics and multilateralism: Building Peace in West Africa (2002); Liberia’s Civil War (2002); The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War (2010); UN Peacekeeping in Africa (2010); and Thabo Mbeki: The Rise and Fall of Africa’s Philosopher-King (2016). He has also edited eight books on topics linked to international peace and security, ranging from managing global conflicts to the United Nations, the European Union, West African security, South Africa and Nigeria’s foreign policies, and Nobel peace laureates.

Dr Odilile Ayodele

Dr Odilile Ayodele
Research Coordinator
Tel: (011) 559-7230
Email:odililea@uj.ac.za

Dr Odilile Ayodele holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Johannesburg, obtained under the aegis of the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. She has previously worked within local government and the NGO sector. Her research interests include: International Political Economy, South Africa’s Corporate Expansion, Mobile Telephony, and Digital Diplomacy.

Thembeka Somtseu

Thembeka Somtseu
Office Manager/Personal Assistant to the Director
Tel: (011) 559-7232
Email: tsomtseu@uj.ac.za

Thembeka Somtseu is a seasoned professional with a background in the textile and construction sectors.  She holds a National Diploma in Business Administration  from the Durban University of Technology, and studied Development Communication and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked as a corporate communications specialist for more than ten years, serving in both local and multinational companies.

Thabang William Mkhuma

Thabang William Mkhuma
Student Assistant
Tel: (011) 559-7230
Email: tmkhuma@uj.ac.za
Thabang William Mkhuma is a Masters student in Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a BA Honours degree in Politics and International Relations and a  BA degree in Public Management and Governance from the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include: Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Conflict, and International Political Economy.

Emmanuel Makosi

Emmanuel Makosi
Research Assistant
Tel: (011) 559-7230
Email: emakosi@uj.ac.za

Emmanuel Makosi is a Masters student in Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a BA degree in Psychology and a BA Honours degree in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include: education, youth, migration, and sustainable development.