All Africa Futures Forum Speakers

Mr. Stewart Barret

Speaker-StewartStrategist and Director of SAMPNode

Stewart is the owner / director of Navan Consulting, a boutique consultancy offering general business strategy planning and bespoke research services...

Ms. Nadia EL-Imam

Speaker-nadiaCEO, Edgeryders

Ms EL-Imam is the founding director and CEO of Edgeryders, a social enterprise and distributed think tank of citizen experts...

Dr. Julius Gatune

Speaker-GatuneResearcher, ACET

Dr Julius Gatune is a Researcher and Policy Advisor with the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET). He researches and advises governments across Africa...

Ms. Tanja Hichert

Speaker-Tanja-HichertFutures Research Practitioner

Tanja Hichert is a South African futures research practitioner with specialised skills in scenario planning, facilitating strategic conversations...

Mr. Sithole Mbanga

Speaker-SitholeCEO, South African Cities Network

Sithole Mbanga is Chief Executive Officer of South African Cities Network and has been with the organization since 2002...

Dr. Riel Miller

Speaker-riel-millerHead of Foresight, UNESCO

Riel Miller is Head of Foresight at UNESCO, Paris. His primary expertise is in designing processes that use the imaginary future to understand the present...

Dr. Alioune Sall

Speaker-alioune-sallFounder, Africa Futures Institute

Founder and Executive Director of the African Futures Institute, a Pan-African think-tank established in 2004 and specialized in  foresight exercises, research and capacity development...

Prof. Djénéba Traoré

Speaker-TraoreDirector General, West Africa Institute

Professor Djénéba Traoré is currently the Director General at the West Africa Institute (WAI). She holds a Master's degree in Educational Integration of Information Communication and Technology (ICT)...

Dr. Jacobus Cilliers

Speaker-CilliersExecutive Director, Institute for Security Studies

Dr Jacobus (Jakkie) Cilliers is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (

Mr. Kewulay Kamara


Kewulay Kamara, internationally renowned poet/ storyteller, multi-media artist, development pioneer and lecturer, has been the subject of three feature articles in The New York Times...

Dr. Mama Keita

Economic Affairs Officer

Mama Keita has been with the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the UNECA as an Economic Affairs Officer since March 2011...

Dr. Rasigan Maharajh

Speaker-Rasigan-MaharajhAssociate Research Fellow

Rasigan Maharajh is concurrently Nodal Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science...

Mr. Mokena Makeka

Speaker-MakekaDirector, Makeka Design Lab

Mokena Makeka directs Makeka Design Lab, an international award-winning Architecture practice. He has advised the SA Minister of Human Settlements...

Mr. Arthur Muliro

Speaker-MuliroDeputy Managing Director at SID

Arthur Muliro is Deputy Managing Director at the Secretariat of the Society for International Development (SID) in Rome...

Mr. Sehoai Santho

Speaker-SanthoIndependent Development Consultant

Sehoai Santho is currently an Independent Development Consultant. His Professional experience covers lecturing and research on the Political Economy of Southern Africa...

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