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John Mukum Mbaku is a Brady Presidential Distinguished professor of economics and John S. Hinckley Fellow at Weber State University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an attorney and counselor at law, licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He received his PhD in economics from the University of Georgia and his JD in law and graduate certificate in natural resources and environmental law from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is a resource person for the Kenya-based African Economic Research Consortium. Professor Mbaku also holds a B.S. (Chemistry) from Berry College (Mount. Berry, Georgia), a B.A. (French Language and Literature) from Weber State University (Ogden, Utah), and an International MBA (IMBA) from the University of South Carolina.

His research interests are in public choice, constitutional political economy, sustainable development, law and development, international human rights, intellectual property, rights of indigenous groups, women and children, trade integration and institutional reforms in Africa.

Mbaku is the author of Corruption in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Cleanups (Lexington Books, 2010) and (with Mwangi S. Kimenyi) of Governing the Nile River Basin: The Search for a New Legal Regime (The Brookings Institution Press, 2015) and Protecting Minority Rights in African Countries: A Constitutional Political Economy Approach (Edward Elgar, 2018).

On May 22, 2017, John Mukum Mbaku, was admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At Weber State University, John Mukum Mbaku teaches courses in principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, international trade, business calculus, and economic development. He also works with international students and helps them adjust to college life in the United States. Professor Mbaku also engages with community groups and helps them understand issues such as globalization, outsourcing, and immigration and how they affect economic activities in the United States. Professor Mbaku also visits local schools to talk to students about the U.S. constitution, constitutionalism and the rule of law in the United States and other countries. He is a consultant to several domestic and international news organizations, as well as multilateral organizations (e.g., the African Development Bank), on governance issues in Africa and has appeared on several domestic and international news programs to discuss elections, corruption, sustainable management of natural resources, including water, and various governance-related issues in Africa.

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. After majoring in history and political science at Wellesley College, she obtained her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-1984); Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-1987); Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1985-1986); and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-1990). From 1998-2003 she was a MacArthur Fellow.

Her publications include "The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan," "The State of Martial Rule: the Origins of Pakistan’s Political Economy of Defence," and "Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective." Jalal has co-authored "Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy" with Sugata Bose. Her study of Muslim identity in the subcontinent, entitled "Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c.1850." Her most recent book is "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia."

Naomi van Stapele is a professor in 'Inclusive Education' at the Centre of Expertise Global and Inclusive Learning at THUAS, The Netherlands. Her long-term collaborative research with gangs and social justice activists in East-Africa and Europe focuses on gangs, masculinities, lived experiences of police violence, inclusive education, community organizing and transforming authority. Naomi has published peer-reviewed research articles in: AFRICA, Journal of Eastern African Studies, The European Journal of Development Research, Policing, Environment and Planning D. Society and Space, Conflict, Security and Development, and others. She also published peer reviewed chapters in several handbooks, such as: The Political Economy of Gangs in a Global Perspective, The Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics, The Handbook on Gender and Sexuality in Africa and Policing the Urban Periphery in Africa. She is now currently working on a book together with social justice activists about community organizing against police violence in Kenya. Before becoming Professor at THUAS, she was Assistant Professor 'Urban Governance and Development' at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. She received her PhD on gangs, work and manhood with Honours, at the University of Amsterdam.

Kevin M. Lerner is Associate Professor of Journalism at Marist College. His research focuses on the intellectual history of journalism through press criticism, satire, and magazines.

His first book, Provoking the Press: (MORE) Magazine and the Crisis of Confidence in American Journalism was published by the University of Missouri Press in the summer of 2019.

He has judged the National Magazine Awards, the ASME Next Awards, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a B.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding editor of the website for Architectural Record magazine—where he was part of a team that won the National Magazine Award—and has published journalism in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York magazine, Slate, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nieman Lab. He edited the Journal of Magazine Media from 2016–2021.

Dr Benard Oloo is a Food Safety and Quality Expert, a team Leader, Lecturer of Food Science, Trainer, Life Coach and Author. Mr. Oloo is a Lecturer of Food science and Technology at Egerton University focusing on food safety of different commodity value chains in Kenya. He holds an MSc. Food Science and Technology from Egerton and successfully defended his PhD in March 2021 from the same University awaiting conferment. Previously, he has worked in the Food Industry both as a production supervisor, production manager and quality assurance manager. He is currently in charge of the Guildford Dairy Institute at Egerton University where he is serving as a Food Safety Team Leader implementing ISO 22,000:2005, Food Safety Management System. Mr. Oloo’s research include new product development, value addition, quality and safety. Some of the specific commodities he has worked with include fruits and vegetables, milk and milk products, potatoes, sweet potatoes, meat and meat products safety and quality and indigenous chicken quality and safety. He has earned several international awards including: Borlaug Fellowship (Michigan State University USA 2019), Emerging Leaders Network Award by Institute of Food Technology (IFT), USA 2018, PhD student exchange programme (Durban University of Technology, South Africa) and the African Biosciences Challenge Fund, 2017-2018 at ILRI, Kenya.

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