Advisory Board

Dr Muza Gondwe

Dr Muza Gondwe is a partnership facilitator specialising in mining and sustainability.  She holds a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Western Australia and is employed at Curtin University, Australia as the Curtin-BHP Alliance Manager. Muza has been involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of resource governance capacity-building programs for emerging resource economies. She derives fulfilment from supporting communities of learners take the knowledge, skills and networks to deliver meaningful impact. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and volunteers for International Women in Mining as Senior Project Advisor and Association of Women in Mining Africa as the AWIMA Jewellery Project Manager. She maintains close connections with Malawi, where she is from, organising annual fundraising events to support education and health programs.

Prof. Makinda is a Professor of International Relations and Security Studies, and the Founding Chair of the Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies program at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. He has had extensive experience in the media and public policy. Professor Makinda was awarded the Order of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) by the then Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in December 2011. In August 2012, the Celebration of African Australians Inc named him one of the top 100 most influential African Australians. He was a member of the Australian Foreign Minister’s National Consultative Committee for International Security Issues 2001-2008. In 2007 and 2009, the Kenyan government invited Professor Makinda to serve as a resource person at the biennial Ambassadors’ Conference. He previously worked with the Foreign Affairs Section of the Parliamentary Research Service at the Australian Federal Parliament in 1985/86. Professor Makinda has been a researcher at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC); the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London); St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; and the Global Security Programme, University of Cambridge. He was also the 2001 Distinguished Lecturer for the UN University’s Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. He has taught at the ANU, the University of Western Australia, Flinders University, and the University of Nairobi. He is a former editor of the Daily Nation and a political correspondent of The Weekly Review in Nairobi. Between June 2007 and June 2012, he wrote a weekly column in the Nairobi-based Business Daily. He has published five books and over 100 book chapters and journal articles on global security, terrorism, sovereignty, knowledge and development, and governance in Africa.

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR).

The recipient of a number of awards, she was recently recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world. Her first book of non-fiction exploring African migration to Australia pre-federation is due later this year through Pan MacMillan

Professor Maano Ramutsindela

Professor Maano Ramutsindela, Deputy Dean of Operations and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Cape Town. He will take up his position on 1 March 2019.


Professor Ramutsindela has served the science faculty in critical committees such as the Ad Hominem Committee, Committee of Assessors and the Executive Committee. He chaired the Faculty of Science Transformation Advisory Committee and served as an elected member of the UCT Council and the Senate Executive Committee. As a member of the Senate Committee of 12, he chaired and participated in committees that handled conflicts. He represented UCT in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and is the founding co-chair of the WUN Global Africa Group (with Dr David Mickler, UWA).


Having obtained his PhD in Geography from the Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Ramutsindela has gone on to receive the NRF President Award (currently known as the NRF Prestigious Award), the International Visitor Award of the African Studies Association in the USA, an appointment as Fellow of the Society of South African Geographers, and the NRF Award for the Transformation of the Science Cohort. He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Trish O'Reilly

Trish is an international social policy and planning specialist with more than 30 years experience in the mining, government, health and not-for-profit sectors. As a partnership broker, she is skilled in relationship building and facilitation of change. Trish takes a collaborative approach to stakeholder management and utilises culturally sensitive approaches to achieve shared value in response to identified issues.


She is a former CEO of Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG), the peak industry body for Australian mining and service companies active in Africa. at AAMEG, Trish was responsible for the group’s strategic direction and building alliances among member companies, Government, NGOs and academia. Trish is strongly committed to building Australian – African relationships and maximising opportunities and growth.

Dr George Mukundi

George Mukundi is the Chief Executive Officer of Maendeleo Group, South Africa. He was the founding head of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, African Union (AU) Commission (2012-16). He is ahead of the curve in legal and political risk analysis, exercising adaptive leadership, strategy development, project conceptualisation, government negotiations and fostering public-private sector partnerships.


Mukundi has over 15 years’ experience and expertise in the public sector and multilateral policy development, implementation, negotiation and team leadership with in-country experiences in Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria and the Gambia. He brings to the company high-level competence in exercising adaptive leadership, building strategic alliances and partnerships, results based management, talent and capacity development and application of innovative tools to spur positive disruption. He has led and coordinated multi-country teams in strategy development, future scenarios mapping, knowledge and data generation, project evaluation and impact assessment, policy analysis, dissemination and implementation at continental and national levels.


Mukundi has a Master in Public Administration Degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2014), a Doctor of International Human Rights Law Degree (2008) from the University of Pretoria and a Master of Human Rights and Democratization in Africa (2003) from the same University and a Law Degree from the University of Nairobi (2002). He was awarded the Edward S. Mason Fellowship (2013-14) at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Member of the African Leadership Network, a premier, invitation-only community of the most dynamic and influential leaders in Africa and a Member of the Steering Group Knowledge Platform, Security& Rule of Law, Ministry of Foreign, Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands.

Dr Kathryn Sturman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is an international relations specialist in resource governance and policy considerations of mining and sustainable development. Kathryn has a Phd in International Relations from Macquarie University in Sydney. She also has a Masters degree in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town. Before joining CSRM in 2012, Kathryn lead the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Professor Franz Swanepoel

Frans Swanepoel is Professor of Agricultural Transformation in Africa (ATA), and Director: Strategic
International Partnerships at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa. He is the acting Africa co-
chair of the Australia-Africa University Network (AAUN). Previously, he held the positions of Deputy
Vice-Chancellor, and Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the
University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He holds Fellowships at the Institute for African
Development (IAD), Cornell University, USA and at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the
University of Western Australia (UWA). He serves on the boards of a number of high-level African
bodies, incl. the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Programme, the Regional
University Forum for Capacity Development in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Technical Committee, and
the Science Granting Councils Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI). He has served as a member of
the team for the development of the Science Agenda for African Agriculture (S 3 A) coordinated by the
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). He is a member the Academy of Science of South
Africa (ASSAf), a foreign member of the Ugandan National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and was a
Senior Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University (2008-2009) focusing on food systems transformation in
Africa. He researched at Texas A&M University and University of the Free State, SA for his PhD. His
research interests include sustainable agriculture, African food systems and capacity development
for Africa’s sustainable development. He has published extensively, including three books, and has
supervised more than 50 Masters and PhD students to completion.

Dr Kwadwo Adusei-Asante

Dr Kwadwo Adusei-Asante is a senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Kwadwo’s work focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa, Africans in the diaspora and the Australian community sector. Over the last decade, Kwadwo has worked in Australia, Ghana, the Netherlands. Kwadwo has completed seven PhDs in African studies in the last four years. Kwadwo has also led and been part of teams that have developed and managed high-level research projects, evaluation system development, policy analysis and service and systems audit projects involving the World Bank, Ghana’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Universities, West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and West Australia’s Mental Health Commission. Kwadwo has developed community development models and evaluation systems for several organisations in Western Australia. Kwadwo is the founder and Executive Director of Edxcellence Incorporated, an organisation committed to increasing the participation rate of young people in higher education and supporting their transition to meaningful employment and further education.

Mr Gebre-selassie is the Chairperson and co-founder of the Melbourne-based African Think Tank. He has served on the executive boards of the Footscray Communities Arts Centre, and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. In 2010 Haileluel was awarded the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) which offers one of Australia’s most sought-after leadership development experiences. In 2009, Haileluel was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship and after travelling to New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Israel, published his project report on migrant and refugee integration strategies. In 2004 he was also awarded the State of Victoria’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for his Meritorious Service in the Community by the former Victorian Premier. Haileluel has initiated and managed a number of grassroots community capacity building programs, including the successful African Leadership Development Program (ALDP). In 2018, Haileluel was nominated as Chair of the African Communities Task Force, established by the Chief of the Victorian Police force to oversee the highly publicised youth-related issues in Victoria.

Dr. Tanya Lyons is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University, where she specialises in teaching African Politics and International Relations. Tanya is the out-going Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies (2009-2018);  the Past-President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (2012-2017); and has held various roles within the AFSAAP Executive member since 1995. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa Studies University of the Free State – South Africa. Lyons has co-edited the books: African Frontiers: Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Postcolonial States (with John Idriss Lahai, 2015); New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Toward Africa (with David Mickler, 2013); South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand: Reconciling the Past with the Present (with Jay Marlowe and Anne Harris, 2013); and Africa on a Global Stage (with Gerry Pye, 2006). Lyons has also written many chapters including “Reflections on the Feminist Dilemmas of Fieldwork” (2019); “Post-Independence Africa: Challenges and opportunities” (with David Jolley, 2018); “Education in Australia’s Relationship With Africa” (2013);  “Locating Australian Engagement with Africa”(with David Mickler, 2013); “Australian Foreign Policy Toward Africa” (2012) and “The State of African Studies in Australia” (with Elizabeth Dimock, 2007).  Lyons’ sole authored book is entitled Guns and Guerrilla Girls: Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle (2004).

Joe Tuazama is the Executive President of the Organisation of African Communities, which strives to help build an inclusive society, particularly for those from African backgrounds. Joe currently serves as Chair of the Wanneroo Multicultural Advisory Group, White Ribbon Ambassador and a finalist, Western Australia of the Year 2018 community category. Forging positive partnerships with local and state government agencies, Joe develops innovative programs to empower young men and women from a diverse range of African backgrounds and to provide them with leadership skills, as well as a sense of belonging and pride. These initiatives have been instrumental in developing strategic policies to address issues faced by migrant and minority groups. As a result, Joe has earned the admiration and respect of WA’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community, as well as politicians, scholars, bureaucrats, and local community leaders. The senior Biomedical Engineer with Paragon Care is a mentor and role model. He continues to provide local African Australians with the opportunity to integrate and together build a vibrant and respected Africa community in WA.

Lisa Sharland is the Head of the International Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Canberra, Australia and a Fellow in the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. Lisa is also a member of the Advisory Group on Australia Africa Relations, which is tasked by the Foreign Minister with informing Australia’s thinking and policies on Africa. Lisa’s research focuses broadly on UN peacekeeping reform, Australia’s engagement in UN peacekeeping, Australia Africa engagement and women, peace and security. She has undertaken field research in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. She is the author of many publications on range of defence and international security issues, including papers on role of the mining sector in preventing and countering violent extremism in Africa and the protection of civilians in peacekeeping. She has also facilitated the design and delivery of the ASPI Australia-Africa dialogue. Prior to joining ASPI, Lisa spent several years working for the Australian Government as the Defence Policy Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in New York, where she represented Australia in multilateral negotiations in the UN Security Council and General Assembly bodies. Lisa holds a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Macquarie University, Australia.

Casta Tungaraza is a well-respected leader, advocate, and influencer who strives to create an Australian society that is equal and fair for all. Over the years, she has developed innovative community engagement strategies in consulting, dialoguing, and working with Western Australians from diverse backgrounds to address a wide range of social issues. Casta is the Co-Founder and Director of the Australia-Africa Trade and Investment Conference & Expo. She is also the Director of the Australian Institute of Kiswahili Language and African Culture. She is the Chair of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations, which reports to the Minister for Affairs and Trade. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Western Australia Prisoner’s Review Board. Casta also sits on the board of the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors, and is the President of the African Women’s Council of Australia. In 2015, Casta was awarded the African Union’s Global Africa Diaspora Award, for visionary and inspiring leadership in the promotion of African women in all facets of development. In 2012, she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.  

John Hearn is Professor of Physiology at the University of Sydney; Chairman of the Australia Africa Universities Network; and Executive Director of the Worldwide Universities Network (to 31.17.18). Born in India and raised in UK and East Africa, he graduated BSc, MSc and DSc (hc) from University College Dublin and PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). He served 6-7 years each in executive research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU, and Sydney. Most recently he was VP (Research) at ANU 2000-4, and VP (Academic and International) at Sydney 2004-13. He teaches first year and advanced students in frontier science and biomedicine and has published 220 research papers and six edited books in reproduction, fertility and stem cell biology. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of Hearn International Pty Ltd. A committed international citizen, he works globally in research and education capacity development. He is a senior policy adviser to the Australian Government, WHO, British Council, OECD, and three international company boards. He was (to 2013) a Board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and foundation Chairman of the Sydney Confucius Institute. 

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