Ogbonna Administration

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President

Nwamaka Ogbonna is an MPhil in Development Studies candidate from Nigeria. Her research focuses broadly on the extent to which the ownership structure of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Nigeria affect their performance.

Prior to Oxford, she led the Monitoring and Evaluation of the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme – the largest entrepreneurship program in Africa. She also completed a graduate internship at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York – the world’s largest Corporate sustainability initiative.

Nwamaka graduated with First class honours in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she studied on a full scholarship. In 2017, she was selected for the British Council Future Leaders Connect Programme – a network of the top 50 emerging policy Leaders from across the world chosen from over 11,000 applications. She is also a member of the LSE Programme for African Leadership (PFAL) network and recently served as a member of the organizing committee of the Oxford University China Africa Network (OUCAN).

As President, she intends to broaden the agenda of the society; build a more people-centered community and network; mainstream gender issues and strengthen the institutional fabric of the society.

Vice President

Hakeem Onasanya is studying for a master of Public Policy Program(MPP)at the Blavatnik School of Government as an Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) scholar. His policy interest is achieving universal health coverage(UHC)in Nigeria and ultimately eradicating barriers to accessing quality health care.

Before his academic sojourn at Oxford, he worked as the Lead of the nationwide healthcare provider team at Reliance HMO, a technology driven health insurance company in Nigeria. At this role, he grew the network of healthcare providers across Nigeria from 60 health care facilities in Lagos to over 1,000 Health care facilities across 34 states in Nigeria in just 1 year.

He studied dentistry at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. While he was studying, he served as the President of the University of Lagos Association of Dental Students(ULADS) and Vice president of the Nigerian Association of Dental Students(NADS). At those leadership roles, he secured a 1-million-naira donation in collaboration with alumni of the Dental school in Lagos towards procuring state of the art equipment for the school in order to improve the quality of dental education.

He practised as a dentist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. In a bid to address the lack of access to quality healthcare in Nigeria, he switched to the health insurance industry to work towards increasing the health insurance coverage in Nigeria using technology and telemedicine.

 As Vice President, he intends to create a more member-focused society by ensuring that all projects and events of the society are geared at empowering members professionally, academically and socially. He also plans on building a more sustainable relationship with alumni all over the world and strengthen partnership with relevant organisations in outside the university of Oxford.

General Secretary

Ingrid Viban is a native of Bamenda, Cameroon. She is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at the Oxford University’s Department of International Development. Before her studies at Oxford, Ingrid completed a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda. Post her studies, she also volunteered with the Hope For the Needy Association, Cameroon (HOFNA) aimed at improving the lives of women and girls in Cameroon through empowerment and financial support.

Her research focuses on how displaced persons in Cameroon express identity and agency through storytelling and oral histories. More broadly she is passionate about conflict in Africa and the causes and effects of conflict on the economy, as well as political and social relationships.

As secretary, Ingrid 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.

Treasurer

Emmanuelle is a DPhil candidate in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, where she studies as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a member of St Peter’s College. Before moving to Oxford, she worked as a teaching assistant in the statistics department of the University of Ghana where she had earlier obtained First class honours in Mathematics and Statistics. Emmanuelle’s research interests lie broadly in statistical epidemiology and experimental design and her current research explores the links between branching processes and the mechanisms of infectious disease spread in a stochastic environment.

She is co-founder and team leader of CIYZOE Eco Group, a non-governmental organization actively involved in the advocacy for efficient plastic waste management and recycling through education and the facilitation of plastic waste cycles in communities and institutions.

In her capacity as treasurer of the Oxford Africa Society, Emmanuelle hopes to utilize her experience in the advancement of the society’s vision and interests through the implementation of procedures and initiatives which seek to promote a robust financial standing for the society at all times.

Social Secretary

Matjie Lillian Maboya is a South African who is passionate about environmental conservation and the involvement of young people in combating climate change. She was previously employed at General Electric South Africa, in the renewable energy business, and also served as an inaugural board of trustee member to the African Leadership Academy. Her outstanding environmental work was recognised through the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans. Her current DPhil research investigates sediments from dryland environments to understand the long-term palaeoclimatic change in southern Africa. In her role as social secretary, she aims to create inclusive avenues for all Afri-Soc members while celebrating the continent’s diversity.

2019 Oxford Africa Conference Team

Onyekachukwu Erobu

Conference co-chair

Onyekachukwu Erobu is reading for a Master’s in Public Policy at Green Templeton College. A medical doctor by training, she obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Ghana Medical School, and a Master of Public Health (with Merit) from University of Warwick. She is currently reading for a Master of Public Policy at Green Templeton College, and is an Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) scholar. Prior to studying at Oxford, she worked as a project coordinator for an indigenous nongovernmental organisation, Development Support International, in Lagos, Nigeria. Her role was focused on the planning and implementation of a variety of health interventions particularly in the areas of Primary Healthcare, HIV/AIDS, and Reproductive and Maternal Health. She has also volunteered with several nonprofit organisations to execute medical outreaches focused on providing free health services to underserved, hard-to-reach, and marginalised populations across Nigeria. Based on her experiences, her key policy interests lie in the areas of primary healthcare, universal health coverage, and rural health infrastructure. In her role as Co-chair, Events and Media, Onyeka plans to build new partnerships with stakeholders in the private sector, alumni, and national governments, in a bid to expand AfriSoc’s conference sponsors’ base. She takes pleasure in fitness training, travelling, and event management. Onyeka is happily married and a mother to two children.

Khathutshelo Nematswerani

Conference co-chair

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Khathu is currently completing an MSc in African Studies at St Antony’s College, with his research specialism being the South African land economy. More broadly, Khathu’s research interests have centred around African development strategies, with a particular focus on market-led versus state-led reforms. In his master’s thesis, he aims to explore the current land practices in Kwazulu-Natal rural homelands. Khathu’s research seeks to evaluate whether the current land ownership structure under traditional authority institutions, provide secure tenure for residents. Khathu’s professional work experience has been centred in the financial services industry. Specifically, a spring internship at Fidelity International in London, a private equity internship at Athena Capital in Cape Town. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for FreshSight Ltd, a student-led social enterprise consultancy based in Edinburgh,Scotland. Prior to Oxford, Khathu completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh graduating with an MA (Hons) Politics.

Salma Ait Hssayene

Conference co-chair

Salma Ait Hssayene is a candidate in the Master of Public Policy at Lady Margaret Hall. Prior to Oxford, Salma was a strategy consultant at Dalberg Advisors for four years. She worked with governments, bi- and multi-lateral donors and foundations to develop strategies and design programmes across multiple sectors and African countries. For instance, her work included codeveloping the 2017–2025 agriculture strategy in Côte d’Ivoire, advising the US government on designing a US$35 million government support programme in Togo, and supporting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify ways to scale up their impact through working with African regional institutions such as the African Union. As an MPP student, Salma is building on her previous experiences across the continent to further understand and contribute to public sector transformation (strategy formulation and implementation) in Africa. Salma has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and graduated from the African Leadership Academy in South Africa.