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TISCA welcomes membership in the following ways: associate members, Laurier students, Laurier faculty fellows, and the community. Categories of membership and how to join are outlined below.

Become an Associate Member

Associate members of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TICSA):

  • Participate in the activities of the institute (including research projects) without necessarily guiding its path.
  • Are kept apprised of all matters relating to the institute. 
  • May attend council meetings but do not have voting privilages.

To apply, contact Akbar Saeed, TISCA director.

Undergraduate Students

TICSA welcomes participation in our activities by undergraduate students. To apply, submit a completed student membership application.


TISCA welcomes participation in our activities from graduate students, postdoctoral students, academics from other institutions and community members interested in promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues, with the aim of inspiring positive transformation.

To apply, contact Akbar Saeed, TISCA director.

If your research or teaching relates to TISCA's mission of promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues with the aim of inspiring positve transformation, please join us!

Laurier fellows can apply for research funding to support field work for new research projects as well as participate in and guide TISCA's ongoing research and community engagement. 

Contact Akbar Saeed, TISCA director to join as a Laurier fellow.

Current Laurier Fellows and Associate Members

TISCA fellows are Laurier researchers who have research programs aligned with TISCA's mission of promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues.

Internal Fellows

Robert Ame, Human Rights and Criminology

Robert Ame's current projects include assessment of Ghana's juvenile justice system, a follow-up study of liberated trokosi women in Ghana and a human rights assessment of Ghana's mental health law.

Kofi Barimah - External Fellow 

Kofi Barimah was the foundation dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Allied Sciences at the Catholic University College of Ghana-Fiapre where he also served as its agricultural dean from 2007-2013. His research interests on Africa are focused on HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, and the use of complementary and alternative medicine to strengthen health systems and policy research in Ghana.

Joanne Benham Rennick, Global Studies

Joanne Benham Rennick's research examines intercultural engagement, cross-sectoral collaboration, internationalization and innovation that influences social policy. Her most recent projects focus on Central and South Africa.

Andrea Brown, Political Science

Andrea Brown is the associate director of TISCA. Her current research addresses urban food security and governance in East Africa with special attention on gender and slums.

Lamine Diallo, Leadership

Lamine Diallo is a founding member of the TISCA. His central focus is in Leadership and Governance in general with a particular interest in issues of democratization, leadership and governance in the African continent.

John Boye Ejobowah, Global Studies

John Boye Ejobowah's research focuses on the political claims of groups and the normative responses. He is particularly interested in claims to citizenship, autonomy claims, and federal institutions. His primary area of focus is Nigeria.

Abdelfettah Elkchirid, Social Work

Abdelfettah Elkchirid has been involved with research in North Africa on issues related to African temporary migrants to Europe (mainly Moroccan). This researcher focuses on female migrants, and looks at the impact of the intersection of gender, cultural background, and migration status. In addition, he has been providing professional training and consultations to the Moroccan Social Workers Association on working with migrants and their families. In 2018 he received an award of distinction by World Refugee Day of Waterloo Region.

Jeff Grischow, History

Jeff Grischow's research theme include African history (Ghana), and comparative development studies. His research currently focuses on the history and lived experience of disability rights in Ghana.

Charles Gyan, Social Work

Charles Gyan's scholarly interests lie in the areas of transnational social work practice, social policy, community development and gender issues. He also aims to maintain an active research agenda and have interest in collaborating with authors from other areas of interest who use varied methodologies.

M. Raymond Izarali, Criminology

Raymond Izarali works in the area of international crime and justice. He has published on globalization as well as Canada’s foreign policy towards Africa. His current research focuses on the human and environmental harms of gas flaring in the Niger Delta, and crime and security in Africa. 

Oliver Masakure, Business Technology Management

Oliver Masakure's research interests include development economics, health economics, and labour economics, with special emphasis on food security, food safety and food trade, innovation and technology, and employment practices in organizations.

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, Faculty of Social Work

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy works on community based mental health, specifically mental health challenges faced by immigrants and visible minorities in the health care system. He is also involved with collaborative projects with the University of Ghana that include examining the media’s portrayal of mental illness in Ghana.

Marcia Oliver, Law and Society

Marcia Oliver's current research examines humanitarian and refugee management practices, specifically those oriented to refugee self-reliance, in two refugee camps in sub-Saharan Africa: Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia and Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

Thomas Rose, Human Rights and Human Diversity

Thomas Rose's academic research has been in the area of journalism and human rights, including the history of media development projects in West Africa, and his research has appeared in the Encyclopaedia of Human Rights and the Yale Journal of International Law.

Akbar Saeed, Business Technology Management

Akbar Saeed is the director of TISCA. His research areas include organizational routines, healthcare service quality, and humanitarian technologies. Currently, he is investigating how technology alters the way we understand ourselves and influences the way we operate in Africa.

Edward Shizha, Society, Culture and Environment, and Youth and Children's Studies

Edward Shizha's research areas include educational and political development in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and the support needs and wellbeing of Zimbabwean and Sudanese refugees to Canada.

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Human Rights and Human Diversity

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg's research areas include immigration and multiculturalism. She is a qualitative researcher, aiming to promote and legitimize the voices of vulnerable and often invisible people as much as possible.

Gerard Yun, Community Music 

Gerard Yun's scholarly and artistic interests include choral improvisation, contemplative music practice and ethics in cross-cultural music performance, shaped by interests in music education, choral singing and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon.

External Fellows

Olabanji Akinola, Political Science - Algoma University 

Olabanji Akinola's expertise are mainly in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Global Development. He also teaches introductory and advanced level courses in these fields.

Kofi Barimah, Director of Research - Ghana Technology University College 

Kofi Barimah's research focuses on the community psychology in Ghana, as well as the use of traditional medicine by Ghanaians.

Charles Kivunja, Humanities - University of New England

Charles Kivunja's research interests lie in foundational theories of learning, teaching and assessment (pedagogy), including multigrade pedagogy, and educational leadership, and he has supervised several doctoral theses to successful completion in these areas.

Sylvester Lamin, Social Work - St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Sylvester Lamin's research interests focus on law enforcement social work, and community policing, communities and organizations and macro social work expert.

Chijioke Oji, Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Waterloo

Chijioke Oji's current research focuses on developing innovative financing models for small and medium-scale renewable energy projects to alleviate the energy access challenge in developing countries and foster decentralized renewable energy production in developed and emerging economies.

Semie Sama, Post-Doctoral Fellow - Centre for International Governance Innovation

Semie Sama's current research examines laws and policy measures in both industrialized and non-industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ian Spears, Political Science - University of Guelph 

Ian Spearsinterests continue to focus on the twin issues of conflict resolution and state formation where, in collaboration with other scholars, he developed the concept of “states-within-states.” 

Community Member

Derek Bond, Examinations Invigilator 

Derek Bond is an Examinations Invigilator at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Contact Us:

Akbar Saeed, Director

T: 519.756.8228 x5764

Andrea Brown, Associate Director