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Prof Henning Melber

Henning Melber studied Political Sciences (PhD 1980) and Sociology (Habilitation in Development Studies 1992). He was Director of The Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit in Windhoek (1992-2000), Research Director of the Nordic Africa Institute (2000-2006) and Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (2006-2012), both in Uppsala. He is Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences/University of Pretoria and at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies/University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, Associate with The Nordic Africa Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies/School for Advanced Study of the University of London. He was President of The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) from 2017 to 2023.

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Prof Gabriele Griffin

Gabriele Griffin is Professor of Gender Research at the Centre for Gender Research. She is coordinator of the Swedish Research Council-funded PhD School on ‘Gender, Humanities, and Digital Cultures’ (2023-2028), and the Swedish coordinator of the SIDA-funded collaborative research and training program on ‘Mainstreaming Gender’, a collaboration involving Dr Nadine Lake (University of the Free State) and Prof Marta Mendonca of Eduardo Mondlane University (2017-2025), Maputo. Her research focuses on women in research and innovation, gender and technology, female entrepreneurs, women's cultural production, feminist research methodologies, non-normative identities, and higher education and disciplinisation. Recent publications include Griffin, G., ed. (2022) Gender Inequalities in Tech-driven Research and Innovation: Living the Contradiction. Bristol: Bristol University Press; Griffin, G. (2022)”’Making’ and ‘Doing’ Context: Sharing in an all-female co-working hub.” In Women and Global Entrepreneurship: Contextualising Everyday Experiences, Maura McAdam, James Cunningham (eds.) New York: Routledge. 153-167; Griffin, G., Wennerström, E., Foka, A. (2023) ‘AI and Swedish Heritage Organisations: challenges and opportunities.’ AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence. Springer Nature. Epub ahead of print.

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Prof Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni is currently Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa and Vice-Dean of Research in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth in Germany; Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Leadership and Transformation  (DLT) in the Principal & Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA); Professor Extraordinarius at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of Free State (UFS) in South Africa; Honorary Professor in the School of Education (Education & Development Studies) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa; Research Associate at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa; Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa; and Research Associate at The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University in the United Kingdom. Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni is a prolific scholar with a hundred publications including more than 20 books to his name. His latest publications include Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization (Routledge, 2018); Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over A New Leaf (Routledge, 2020); Marxism and Decolonization in the 21st Century: Living Theories and True Ideas (Routledge, 2022) co-edited with Morgan Ndlovu; and Beyond Coloniality of Internationalism: Reworlding the World from the Global South (CODESRIA Book Series-in press).



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