Dr. Chika Ezeanya Esiobu

“Deconstructing and Reconstructing the African’s Mindset: Strategies, Platforms and Projected Impact.”

Dr. Chika Ezeanya Esiobu holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C. Dr Ezeanya Esiobu’s intellectual work is centrally located within the conviction that Africa’s indigenous knowledge is key to the continent’s advancement.

Dr Ezeanya Esiobu has been invited to present her ideas across cultures, countries, institutions and platforms, including Yale University, London School of Economics, United Nations, African Union, Social Science Research Council, Standard Bank South Africa, Project Management Institute of Africa, to mention few. Dr Ezeanya Esiobu has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada, the United Nations, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

In 2019, Dr Ezeanya Esiobu was recognized as an influential person of African descent under 40. She is the author of Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa (Springer: 2019), in addition to numerous academic articles, book chapters and essays on Africa’s advancement. Dr Ezeanya Esiobu is the founder of African Child Press and is currently a visiting honorary professor with the University of Rwanda.


Prof. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

The Cognitive Empire in Africa: Knowledge, Consciousness, and Epistemic Freedom

Currently Full Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

Previously, Prof. Ndlovu-Gatsheni worked as Research Professor and Director of Scholarship at the Department of Leadership and Transformation at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He previously worked as Acting Executive Director of Change Management Unit in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa.

He is also the founder of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) based at the University of South Africa. In 2007, he was a Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni has over a hundred publications to his name. Among his key works on decolonialization are: Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013); Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines (North Carolina, Carolina Academic Press, 2016) co-edited with Siphamandla Zondi; and Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization (London & New York: Routledge, 2018). His latest publication is Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over A New Leaf (Routledge, 2020).

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Prof. Erika Kraemer Mbula

College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg

Professor of Economics and Chairholder of the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Her work focuses on alternative development paths for African economies. She specialises in the analysis of innovation systems in connection to equitable development and inclusive development, and has done pioneering work on innovation in the informal sector. Trained as an Economist, she holds a Masters in Science and Technology Policy by the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. Her latest book: Kraemer-Mbula et. al. (2020). Transforming Research Excellence: New Ideas from the Global South. African Minds.