The Team

Oluwabamidele Kogbe is co-founder of Dundee Africa Research Network. He is Doctoral Researcher in Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee. Before coming to Dundee, he worked briefly as Administrative Officer in the Nigerian Federal Civil Service. Coupled with his credible records in development work, he received the Nigerian President’s Honour’s Merit Award in 2010 for his patriotism and excellent contributions to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Nigeria. His research focuses on regional peace and security, and civil society actorship in comparative regionalism/ regional integration in Africa, the European Union and beyond .'Dele can be reached at

Rhiannon Dempsey recently completed her Masters of Literature (Mlitt) in International Security at the University of Dundee. With a background in Geopolitics, her interests cover a wide range of subjects including development, terrorism, democracy, the use of tradition, and grass roots approaches to developmental issues and climate change. Her two most recent research projects focused on the use of tradition in overcoming modern problems facing society in South Africa today, and using the case studies of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab in order to examine the root factors that cause people to turn to Islamic extremist groups within the African continent. Having just finished a diploma in Arabic, Rhiannon has a deep interest in languages and has just began to study Xhosa which she hopes to improve during an internship with the South African Parliamentary Monitoring Group this summer. Rhiannon can be contacted at

Geoffrey Mabea is a doctoral researcher on a CEPMLP Scholarship at the University of Dundee focussing on the economics of energy markets integration. He is also a teaching assistant at the CEPMLP. He is an alumnus of the University of Surrey on a Chevening Scholarship pursuing Energy Economics policy.Geoffrey obtained his first and second degrees in Geomatic Engineering specialising in space satellites Geodesy and an MBA in Finance respectively both from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has worked as a Geomatics Engineer, Drilling Planning Engineer, National Power Energy Planner (Kenya), Chief Engineer Corporate Planning and Strategy, Regional Power Projects Coordinator (Northern Corridor Countries), and as an Energy and Capital Projects Advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya. 

Juliet is a doctoral researcher on the CEPMLP Scholarship at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on social accountability and conflict sensitive business practice in the extractive industry. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and has trained as a trainer on the content and application of International Financial Reporting Standards. Before her programme at Dundee, Juliet worked as a lecturer in Accounting at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration as well as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Ghana Business School. Juliet believes that research is crucial for Africa’s development, and drawing from the diverse knowledge pools is one important way to get there. Juliet can be contacted at

REBECCA MUTESI – Communications Director (2016-2017).

Rebecca has a background in Electrical Engineering. She was a graduate in training at ESKOM Uganda Limited, an organisation charged with the operation and maintenance of Nalubaale and Kiira Hydropower dams in Jinja district, Uganda. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Energy Studies and specialising in Energy Economics at the University of Dundee. Rebecca’s research interests include renewable energy policy and economics, demand side management, integrated resource planning, energy markets and regulation. Rebecca believes in the potential of the African energy sector to be a major driver in the improvement of the socio-economic standards of Africans. She also believes that more research should be conducted especially on regional energy markets, regulation and tariffs, especially with the ongoing East African Power Pool (EAPP) and Nile Basin Initiatives.

PEARL ORUAMABO - General Secretary
Pearl is a doctoral researcher at the CEPMLP at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on the dynamics of multi-stakeholder engagement in energy development projects. Areas of research interest for her include business, management, energy policy and corporate social responsibility.
Urenmisan Afinotan is currently a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the Law School, University of Dundee. His doctoral research focuses on resilience and environmental Justice; he is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Prior to his PhD studies, he worked as an associate in two Nigerian law chambers and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Ibadan where he specialized in environmental law and worked as a pro bono counsel at the Women’s Law Clinic at the University. His research interests also include African legal theory, International law on terrorism, peace and conflict studies, political philosophy and humanitarian law. Misan can be contacted at

APRIL HARVEY - Communications Director 
April is a 4th year English and History undergraduate at the University of Dundee. Her interests include African literature; principally colonial and post-colonial West African literature, with a focus on the themes of colonialism and culture, power and corruption, sexuality, modernism, and feminism. She is also concerned with theories of identity formation, “vernacular” linguistics and the influence of oral traditions, as well as publishing trends and the reception of African literature in the West. Authors of special interest include Femi Osofisan, Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Buchi Emecheta. Historically, her interests lay in the colonial history of Africa and Asia, with focus on theories of post-colonialism and post-colonial culture, national liberation movements, nationalism, decolonization, and political transitions. April can be contacted at

Dr. PONTIAN OKOLI - Associate Fellow

Pontian Okoli majored in International Commercial Law and received his PhD in Private International Law at the University of Dundee. His doctoral research focused on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Prior to his doctoral research and teaching as a Scrymgeour Scholar, he worked as Barrister and Solicitor in two Nigerian law firms and as In House Counsel in a leading Nigerian financial institution. A great part of Pontian’s law practice experience concerns international commercial/corporate dealings and investment risks. Among other research roles, he sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Law Bulletin (London). Pontian is a pioneer co-convener of the Dundee Africa Research Network. Pontian can be contacted at

Former team members


Roeland Hemsteede is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Dundee's Geography department. His research focusses on how (power) relations between stakeholders affect the design and implementation of cash transfers in Southern Africa. His fieldwork takes place in Malawi and Lesotho. He holds a Master degree (by research) in African Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to his PhD he worked as a project coordinator and debate trainer. His main research interests lie at the intersection of power, social policy, poverty, and empowerment.