William Attwell

Analyst, Africa

William covers macroeconomic and political developments in Southern Africa, and co-manages coverage of West Africa, in the Daily Brief.
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Professor David Anderson

Professor of African Politics, University of Oxford; Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford

Specialises in the history and politics of eastern Africa. His most recent book, The Khat Controversy, examines the global expansion of eastern Africa’s khat economy, featuring new research on the production, distribution chains, and consumption of this unusual commodity.

Dr Richard Barltrop

Independent consultant; BA, MPhil, DPhil University of Oxford

Specialises in work on conflict, development and peace in the Horn, the Sahel, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked for the UN Development Programme in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and elsewhere, and on conflict resolution and peacebuilding for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and International Alert. His book Darfur and the International Community: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in Sudan (IB Tauris, 2011) won the 2011 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award.

Jesmond Blumenfeld

Former Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University

Specialises in South and Southern African economic and business issues. Formerly Associate Research Fellow (Southern Africa), Chatham House, and Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University. Editor of South Africa in Crisis (Methuen/RIIA, 1987). Author of Economic Interdependence in Southern Africa (Pinter Publishers, 1992), and journal articles on South Africa.

Dr Daniel Branch

Daniel Branch is a historian and political analyst of Kenya. He is the author and editor of three books on Kenya, including Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2012 (Yale University Press, 2012). He is a regular commentator in the press on matters relating to Kenyan politics, written occasional pieces for The Nation and The Standard newspapers in Kenya and for the online editions of Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.

Dr Nicholas Cheeseman

Director of the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Director of the African Studies Centre at Oxford University. Advisor to policy makers in UK, Brazil and Nigeria as well as to Pan-African Parliament and World Bank. Joint editor of African Affairs, advisor to the African Progress Panel, member of the advisory board of the UNICEF Chair on Communication Research (Africa). His doctoral thesis was awarded the Arthur McDougall Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on elections (2008); most recently received GIGA prize for article “Rethinking the Presidentialism Debate”.

Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

University Lecturer in Comparative Politics (African Politics), St Peter's College, Oxford University

Interests include African politics (particularly West and Central Africa), comparative politics and international political economy, especially in the fields of natural resource extraction, organised crime, state decay and post-conflict reconstruction. Fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. Formerly Austin Robinson Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Associate of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. Visiting scholar at the Centre d'etudes et recherches internationales (Sciences-Po) in Paris, 2006-07. Joseph C Fox Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Worked in the field of governance and the energy sector for the World Bank, the European Commission, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the French Ministry of Defence.

Professor John Toye

Former Visiting Professor of Economics, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University

Interests include public finance, the political economy of development, international economic institutions and the history of economic thought. Directed research in development studies at the universities of Wales, Sussex and Oxford. Served as a Director of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and consulted with the National Audit Office, the Department for International Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and many other agencies.

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