Kelly-Ann Fonderson is an MPhil candidate in Development Studies. She completed her undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath. She is a TuWezeshe Akina Dada fellow sponsored by FORWARD UK, an NGO working to promote the dignity of African women, while advocating against sexual violence against women and gender-based violence. She is also ambassador of the African Caribbean Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN). As a youth advocate, she has facilitated workshops and panels internationally on African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) – European Union (EU) relations. Most notably she has focused on the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, trade, migration and youth. She has actively engaged in policy formation on youth rights, cybersecurity, migration at the S&D Africa Week 2018 and European Youth Event and the UN.
In 2019, she was the youngest shortlisted nominee for the Champion of Inclusion award by the Inclusive Companies Awards for her work on youth rights and racial equality. Kelly-Ann is trilingual and speaks English, Dutch and French as a result of her ‘third-culture’ Cameroonian-Dutch-British background.
As secretary, Kelly-Ann hopes to continue the organization of the Graduate Research and Innovation (GRAIN) Initiative introduced by her predecessor. GRAIN is a platform for Afrisoc members, AfOx visiting fellows and affiliates to present and discuss and encourage action on current issues affecting the African continent. Conveners will be invited to share their work and launch an audience discussion on the topic and call for action. The GRAIN initiative is also going to provide assistance to students at different stages of their research with presentations from researchers who are well versed with the African context and the specific challenges that come with conducting research in Africa.
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