Staff, Researchers & Visiting Fellows at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Please note that in the interest of public health the FLIA office in the Pethick Lawrence building is currently closed but the office remains virtually open. Staff can be contacted using the details below.



Melissa Anderson | Research Grants Officer



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Kojo Apeagyei | Communications and Events Officer





Fadil Elobeid Africa Engagement Programme Manager





Martha Geiger Mwenitete  | Institute Manager



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Daniela Gutiérrez-Torres | Africa Engagement Programme Graduate Intern



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Stephen Johnson | PfAL Programme Manager




Laurence Radford | Communications Manager and Editor of Africa at LSE

Centennial and Visiting Professors


Professor Kenneth Amaeshi | Visiting Professor

Kenneth Amaeshi is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the global south. He is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh. 

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Professor Leonard Wantchekon | Centennial Professor

Professor Leonard Wantchekon is a Centennial Professor at LSE for 2018/2019 academic year. He is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs and associated faculty in the Economics department at Princeton University.


Professor Karin Barber | Centennial Professor

Karin Barber is a Centennial Professor in Anthropology. Her research focuses on Yoruba oral literature, popular theatre and print culture, with wider comparative work on popular culture and the anthropology of texts.



Professor Tony Barnett | Visiting Professor

Tony Barnett is an interdisciplinary social scientist based at the Royal Veterinary College where he is Professor of Social Sciences. He is currently co-investigator on the One Heath Poultry Hub, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.


Professor Gibril Faal | Visiting Professor in Practice

Prof. Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is the co-founder and director of GK Partners, specialising in socially responsible business models, sustainable development and programme implementation. 

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Professor Alcinda Honwana | Visiting Professor

Professor Alcinda Honwana carries out extensive research on political conflict and politics of culture, the impact of war on children, youth and women, as well as on youth politics, social movements and political protest


Dr Piroska Nagy Mohácsi | Visiting Professor in Practice

Piroska Nagy Mohácsi is an Academic Partner of Macroeconomic Advisory Group (MAG), New York. Previously Piroska was Interim Director and Programme Director of the LSE Institute for Global Affairs (2015-2021) leading and managing the institute and its academic programme.

Senior Visiting Fellows

LSE Visiting Fellow, Michael Amoah

Dr Michael Amoah |  Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Michael Amoah specialises in African Politics, International Politics of Africa, Foreign Policy, Conflict and Security. He also has interests in International Political Economy, Development Studies and International Development. 


Dr Fatima el Issawi | Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Fatima el Issawi is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Essex, focussing on the intersection between media, politics and conflict in North Africa. She is the PI for Arab Media and Transitions to Democracy.


Dr Vanessa Iwowo | Senior Visiting Fellow

Vanessa Iwowo is Lecturer in Organisational Psychology. She is an award-winning management scholar whose research focuses on ways of enhancing leadership development in international contexts.

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Dr Anna Macdonald | Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Anna Macdonald works at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development and the Conflict Research Programme, where she researches ideas of public authority and legal pluralism in the Horn of Africa.


Dr Bronwen Manby | Senior Visitng Fellow

Dr Bronwen Manby researches and writes on statelessness, comparative nationality law, legal identity and the history of nationality laws in Africa. Dr Manby also guest teaches on LSE’s MSc in Human Rights.

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Dr Holly Porter | Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Holly Porter is a Lecturer in Gender Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Oxford University. Her work centres on issues of gender, sexualities and violence after war, particularly in northern Uganda.


Professor Shirley Yu | Director of the China-Africa Initiative

Shirley Ze Yu is a leading voice on China’s political economy, an Asia Fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School, an adjunct professor with the IE Business School and a member of the Davos Expert Network on 5G, geopolitics and geoeconomics.

Visiting and Research Fellows


Dr Juliet Bedford | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Juliet is a leader in the application of anthropology in global health and has extensive experience managing complex qualitative and mixed-methods research and evaluations. Juliet founded the organisation Anthrologica in 2008.


Dr Paroma Bhattacharya | FLIA Research Fellow

Paroma Bhattacharya is a Research Fellow at the LSE’s Department of Management, the FLIA and the Social Innovation Lab. She currently works on her doctoral project ‘Leadership Development in Startup Social Enterprise Teams’.


 Dr Ponsiano Bimeny | FLIA Visiting Research Fellow

Ponsiano Bimeny specialises in state formation from the perspective of violence, conflict and displacement with a focus on South Sudan and Northern Uganda. Prior to undertaking his masters and PhD degrees, he worked for more than six years as a development professional in Northern Uganda, where he grew up. 


Dr Gianluca Iazzolino | FICA Research Fellow

Gianluca Iazzolino is a post-doctoral research fellow at the FLIA. His main research interests are ICTs, digital finance and informal economy with a focus on the relationship between technological innovation and power dynamics.

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Dr Uche Igwe | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Dr Uche Igwe is a political economy analyst, legislative scholar and communications expert with twenty years of practical experience working with the parliament, government agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations, the media, research think tanks and private sector.


Dr Theresa Jones | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Theresa Jones is a mental health specialist, currently leading the mental health and psychosocial support unit at Anthrologica, where she works across emergency response and humanitarian preparedness.


Dr Mebratu Kelecha | FLIA Research Fellow

Mebratu Kelecha holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Westminster. Mebratu has a background in youth activism for positive social change on the African continent and publishes widely political commentary on Ethiopia's democratisation, protest movements and peacebuilding.

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Tonny Raymond Kirabira | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Tonny Kirabira is a PhD law researcher at the University of Portsmouth, focusing on transitional justice and international criminal prosecution.



Dr Elizabeth Ngutuku | FLIA Research Fellow

Elizabeth Ngutuku is a Kenyan scholar, holding a PhD (Cum laude) in Development Studies and a Master of Arts degree specialising in women, gender, and development from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam 


Bathsheba Okwenje | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Bathsheba Okwenje is a Ugandan artist currently living in Rwanda. Her work is based at the intersection of information practices and aesthetics, investigating hidden histories, the interior lives of people and the interactions between them.


Dr Georgina Pearson | FLIA Research Fellow

Georgina is a research fellow on the LEAD Project and is a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, Uni. of London. She holds a PhD from LSE's Department of International Development.


Dr Maria del Pilar Lopez-Uribe | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Maria works at the intersection of Development Economics, Economic History and Political Economy, interested land, conflict, gender and social movements. She is Assistant Professor in at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.


Dr Liz Storer | FLIA Research Fellow

Liz Storer researches health and well-being in East Africa. Her PhD research explored social healing in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. She is currently working on projects exploring epidemic preparedness and protection in Uganda/ South Sudan.

Dr Keren Weitzberg

Dr Keren Weitzberg | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Keren Weitzberg is an interdisciplinary historian who works at the intersection of migration studies, critical race studies, and science and technology studies. Her current project investigates biometric registration in Kenya.

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Dr Lars Hedegaard Williams | FLIA Visiting Fellow

Lars Williams is a Visiting Fellow at the FCLA and a former PhD student in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published on the experience of trauma in the aftermath of war in northern Uganda.

PhD Candidates


Kara Blackmore | PhD Researcher

Kara Blackmore is an anthropologist, curator and writer working at the intersection of arts, culture and social repair after conflict. For more than a decade she worked with NGOs, governments, corporate entities, cultural institutions and local communities across East and Southern Africa.


Cristin Alexis Fergus | PhD Researcher

Cristin Alexis Fergus is Lead Investigator for the LEAD Project and PhD researcher in the LSE Department of International Development, where she examines aspects of evidence for decision-making within global health. 

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Carolin Dieterle | PhD Researcher

Carolin Dieterle is a PhD Candidate at the LSE Department for International Development. She studies large-scale land investments in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Uganda and Sierra Leone and the concept of ‘inclusive growth’.

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Costanza Torre | PhD Researcher

Costanza Torre is a PhD student at LSE's Department for International Development. Her research focusses on mental health and psychosocial support in post-conflict contexts, specifically northern Uganda.

CPAID Researchers

For the full list of researchers at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development please follow the link here.