Emerging Leaders in Australia-Africa Diplomacy (ELAAD) Program
(i) creates a diverse cohort and ongoing network of emerging leaders in Australia-Africa diplomatic relations from among postgraduate university students and junior diplomats across Australia and the African continent;
(ii) provides an opportunity for this cohort to develop expert knowledge and professional skills in Australia-Africa relations through a customised and facilitated annual online program engaging with leading scholars and experts, journalists, senior diplomats and other policy practitioners; and
(iii) draws on the collective knowledge, expertise and ideas of this cohort to generate innovative policy ideas and meaninfgul socio-cultural exchanges for enhancing international relations between the African continent and Australia, including to develop collaborative solutions to global challenges.
ELAAD Expert Guest Speakers
Inaugural ELAAD Fellows 2022-23
ELAAD Program Ambassadors
Inaugural ELAAD Fellows 2022-23
Meet the ELAAD Fellows
Abubakar Isah Ibrahim
I am working as a Professional Officer at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. I am responsible for managing funding programmes for postgraduate students in South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Lehlogonolo has a wealth of experience and knowledge in interdisciplinary fields such as Science Diplomacy, Public Administration, Policy Development and Analysis, Research and Support, Capacity Building, Programme and Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation. Lehlogonolo completed (2022) Master of Public Administration (MPA) with the University of Pretoria and holds different qualifications including Bachelor of Arts Honours, International Politics (2020) and Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Diplomacy (2019) from the University of South Africa, as well as Bachelor of Science Honours, Aquaculture (2012) and Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Life Sciences (2011) from the University of Limpopo. I believe that the ELAAD Program will provide me with essential skills and competencies required, in terms of addressing global, continental and regional challenges.
Fiston Emidy Masichwe is a MAdmin (Public Management and Policy) student at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a BAdmin Honours in Public Administration (2020) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Administration, and Development (2021), both from the University of South Africa. Fiston is the recipient of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Programme 2022 cohort. He was also awarded the Erasmus + Credit Mobility Scholarship by the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) to spend time at the University of Minho, Portugal, where he is currently pursuing his mobility. Fiston is from Tanzania, and his main aspiration is to become a university professor with the ability and expertise to advance knowledge among the next generation of African leaders. Hence, his choice to participate in the ELAAD programme, where experts' knowledge is shared by highly qualified professionals who engage in meaningful discussions to derive solutions to the challenges facing Africa within the framework of Africa Australia Diplomacy.
My name is Khumoetsile Sethibe, I am a Botswana Diplomat serving in Australia, Canberra as a Second Secretary. I have a Degree in Public Administration and Political Science, and I have four years serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer, and this is my first posting. The Emerging Leaders in Australia-Africa Diplomacy (ELAAD) Program is relevant to my work portfolio, and I am looking forward to attaining more knowledge and skills from it. The program offers an opportunity for me to gather knowledge, expertise on foreign policy issues, and ideas on meaningful socio-cultural exchanges for enhancing international relations between the African continent and Australia. The Program also gives us a platform as the youth, to think and act as future leaders and develop innovative ideas, in the field of diplomacy for the benefit of our countries. The Program further has a capacity to give us direction as Diplomats on how we can re-engage as continents, Australia and Africa, on key cooperation issues to promote research and development, as well as innovation in areas such as education, agriculture, health, transport and energy.
Isheanopa Fanuel Rufu
Grace Musolo is an Executive Assistant/Communication Officer at the Global Centre for Policy and Strategy (GLOCEPS) where she provides communication support to the Research and Administrative Unit. Before joining GLOCEPS, Grace was part of the EU Election Observation Mission in the Kenya 2017 Elections where she worked as the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Assistant/Interpreter. She has previously worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in mapping conflict in the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). Her research interests include diplomacy, gender, democracy, governance, peace, security, and international development. Grace holds an MA and BA in International Relations from US International University-Africa (USIU-A). In the Covid-19 era, the role of strategic communication was re-defined, hence the realization to strengthen relations across nations to achieve economic prosperity and knowledge sharing. I believe the ELAAD program will provide me with a balanced and informed foreign policy analysis, especially regarding Australia and Africa Relations. The program will also offer me an opportunity to interact with renowned scholars and well-seasoned practitioners drawn from diverse fields which will broaden my knowledge and discourse in the areas of communication, foreign relations, and analytical research.
Tanaka Last Jere
Tanaka graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology and Political Studies from the University of Namibia and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Sociology at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Has written and published some book chapters and newspaper articles on various matters including decolonization, the fourth industrial revolution, as well as the conflict between human rights and African cultural values. Tanaka also performed volunteer work for the Youth Decide Zimbabwe Organization, whose mission is to transform and empower the youths in Zimbabwe. Tanaka has a sincere interest in social issues and the underprivileged, especially among young people and women from rural areas. I reckon that the ELAAD program has the potential to expand knowledge that can build a multifaceted network, gain innovative ideas and policies that are significant to sociocultural interactions for the improvement of international affairs. I also believe that this program will assist in coming up with collaborative solutions to global problems which in most cases repress the underprivileged.
I am Oumaima Ramdani, Moroccan, born in 1999, holder of a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in public law with an interest in international humanitarian law and diplomacy in the promotion of human rights and the resolution of armed conflicts. I am currently preparing a doctoral thesis at the Mohammed 5 University in Rabat, Morocco. My research focuses on the legitimacy of private military companies under international humanitarian law. In parallel, I am a member of the Moroccan Public Diplomacy Center. Within this think tank, I am the coordinator of the research group on humanitarian diplomacy. In addition to certain activities related to the rights of children to know the values of the world, international humanitarian law remains my favorite subject. Through my academic career, I have learned how international relations and cooperation are at the heart of the economic and social development of States. As for the ELAAD program, it allowed me to project myself into very interesting perspectives for me, such as the deepening of the perception of Africa's international relations with the English-speaking world, Australia being a good example. And as Africa is today targeted by several powers (USA, China, France...), I am very interested in studies on the role of these powers on the development of the African continent.
My name is Abdurahman Edao Imo. I was born in Oromia region, Ethiopia. I graduated from Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Political Science and International Relations in July 2018 and currently I am finalizing my Master of Arts (MA) thesis on Ethiopia's Foreign Policy since the demise of the military regime in 1991. Meanwhile, I am officer at the Ethiopian Customs Commission. I saw the ELAAD program as an input to my forthcoming career in diplomacy. Moreover, the program is widely significant in policy making, and communication. Hope that I will immensely contribute on the economic and political cooperation between one of the oldest African states, Ethiopia, and Australia.
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