Climate Change Panel

Chair – Dr. Harald Heubaum

Harald Heubaum is a Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS. He is also a Research Fellow at the Global Governance Project at Amsterdam University and a Member of the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security (CEPES) at SOAS. His research focuses on energy and climate policy in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, climate governance and low-carbon finance, amongst other things.

Professor Yacob Mulugetta


Yacob Mulugetta is Professor of Energy and Development Policy, and Director of the MPA programme at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London. Yacob has 20 years of research and teaching experience specialising on the links between basic infrastructure provision and human welfare, with a particular focus on access to clean energy services to address poverty and inequality concerns.


Professor Chukwumerije Okereke


Okereke is a renowned climate policy analysis and development specialist at the University of Reading. Chuks was a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 Assessment Report on Equity and Sustainable Development. Between 2011 and 2013 he held a Leverhulme Fellowship on ‘the governance of low carbon development in Africa.’ He has been engaged in teaching, research and consultancy activities focusing on climate politics and governance for over 15 years.


Dr. Ana Pueyo


Dr. Ana Pueyo is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. She has been working in the fields of energy and climate change policy for over a decade. Her research is concerned with inclusive green growth, particularly in the promotion of investments in clean energy that maximise poverty impacts. She is currently working on research projects dealing with pro-poor access to electricity, poverty impacts of minigrids in Africa, green growth diagnostics in Africa and the political economy of climate compatible development.)

Andrew Scott


Andrew Scott is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute. His main research interests are energy access for poverty reduction and the role of energy in sustainable livelihoods and in the transition to low-carbon development pathways.



Women’s Power Panel

Chair: Dr. Colette Harris

Colette is a micro-political scientist, all of whose research is reflected through a gender analytical lens, with a particular focus on the relational aspects of masculinities and femininities. She specialises in grass-roots pedagogies for social change, particularly in relation to violence reduction during and after conflict situations. Further research interests are in the fields of gender and religion, sexualities, (reproductive) health, and community development.

Dr. Awino Oketch


Dr. Awino Okech is a lecture at SOAS in the Centre for Gender Studies. Her teaching and research interests lie in the nexus between gender, sexuality and nation/state making projects as they occur in conflict and post-conflict societies. Prior to her appointment at SOAS, she contributed to knowledge production and transfer through an adjunct teaching position with the African Leadership Centre at Kings College London where she co-convened the Gender Leadership and Society module as part of the MSc in Security, Leadership and Society.

Ekaette Ikpe


Ekaette is lecturer in Development Economics in Africa at King’s College London. Ekaette has researched and written on a range of issues in development economics and security and development. Eka has participated in a range of policy influencing projects including: training of Liberian legislators on security sector reform oversight and co-authoring a research study on security and development in the Sahel for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is also a member of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy and the African Security Sector Network.

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell

sylvie-aboa-bradwellSylvie Aboa-Bradwell is an award-winning think tank founder, director, writer, leadership trainer, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, a think tank established in 2008 in the UK to provide a platform for the engagement and education of African individuals and key stakeholders in Europe, Africa and elsewhere. Sylvie is also the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Medzan Training, a leadership and self-development company created in the UK in 2013. She has produced articles and comments for numerous media including The Guardian, BBC, amongst others.

Rainatou Sow

sowRainatou Sow is the founder of the global NGO, Make Every Woman Count (MEWC). This is an African woman-led organisation which serves as a mobilising, networking, information, advocacy and training platform for African women by building their leadership capacities to influence policy and decision making. Rainatou’s passion lies in women’s education. At the age of 12, Rainatou Sow taught evening classes to girls who could not attend school in her native Guinea. She later became a member of the Guinean parliament as minister for children and women’s affairs. She expanded this mission internationally with the foundation of her organisation Make Every Woman Count.

Resource Conflicts Panel

Chair: Professor Julia Strauss

Julia C. Strauss is Professor of Chinese Politics at SOAS. She offers courses in Chinese politics and comparative political sociology. Her research interests span both sides of the Taiwan Straits and are focused on state building and institution building, governance, the performative dimensions of politics, the environment, and China’s “going out” policy toward the developing world, particularly with respect to Africa and Latin America.  Her publications include, ‘China and Africa: Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development’ and ‘Staging Politics: Power and Performance in Asia and Africa’.

Dr. Pádraig Carmody


Pádraig Carmody lectures in Development Geography at Trinity College Dublin. He worked as a policy and research analyst for the Combat Poverty Agency in 2002-3. His research centres on the political economy of globalisation in Africa. He is editor-in-chief of Geoforum. He recently published the critically acclaimed book, ‘The New Scramble for Africa.’ This book explores the nature of resource and market competition in Africa and the strategies adopted by the different actors involved.

Lily Kuo


Lily Kuo is the Africa correspondent at Quartz. She covers East Africa and China in Africa from Nairobi. She previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. Before that she covered general news for Reuters in New York and the Los Angeles Times in Beijing. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, as well as degrees in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She won the 2014 SABEW award for best international feature for a series on China’s water crisis.

Tomi Oladipo


Tomi Oladipo is BBC Africa’s Security correspondent. Tomi is a British-born Nigerian who studied communication at Daystar University, Kenya and went on to join the BBC in May 2007. Since then, he has reported for the BBC across East and West Africa covering stories on current affairs, security and business. He has worked on a wide range of in-depth and exclusive reports, including extensive coverage of the Boko Haram crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, political events in East and West Africa, as well as, the state of business in the continent’s emerging economies.

Dame Rosalind  Marsden


Dame Rosalind Marsden is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, where she advises on the Sudan and South Sudan programme. She was previously the British Ambassador to Sudan (2007-10) and the EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan (2010-13). Rosalind’s diplomatic career also included postings as Head of the UN Department and later Director (Asia-Pacific) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Consul-General in Basra and British Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Keynote Speaker

Muzvare Betty Makoni

Muzvare Betty Makoni is founder of the Girl Child Network, originating in Zimbabwe and now based across Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya and the UK and USA. The Network was the first in the world to have a programme of empowerment with girls and young women at the centre, and creates safe spaces caring for young sex abuse victims. As of 2009 the organisation had rescued over 35,000 girls from sexual abuse and provided mentoring to at least 60,000 around Zimbabwe. In spite of her difficult childhood being an orphan and victim of sexual abuse, she is a pioneering symbol of hope for many African girls. She has received over 44 global awards and is arguably the most awarded African woman in the world. She is the subject of the documentary film Tapestries of Hope, and now resides in England with her family, operating as CEO of Girl Child Network Worldwide.