Professor John M. Mbaku
Prof. 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. Prof. Mbaku has consulted with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, African Economic Research Consortium, the African Development Bank, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa on governance issues in Africa and has appeared on several domestic and international news programs to discuss elections, corruption, and other governance-related issues in Africa.
Prof. Mbaku is a member of the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association. An Attorney and Counselor at law, he is licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Utah and the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. 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).
Ambassador Herman J. Cohen (ret.)
Ambassador Herman J. Cohen is the former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs under President George H.W. Bush. He is the President and CEO, Cohen and Woods. During his 38-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service, he served in five African countries and twice in France. He was the ambassador to Senegal, with dual accreditation to the Gambia. During assignments in Washington, he also served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Senior Director for Africa at National Security Council, principal deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and research, and principal deputy assistant secretary for personnel.
Cohen also served as a senior advisor to the World Bank Global Coalition for Africa, an intergovernmental policy forum that works to achieve consensus between donor and African governments on economic policy. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the first Bush Administration, and through his role at the NSC in the Reagan White House, Cohen worked to bring about peaceful transitions of power in South Africa and Namibia, and helped to end conflicts in Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
Professor Terrence Lyons
Prof. Lyons is an expert in comparative peace processes and post-conflict politics, with a regional emphasis on Africa. He is an Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and currently serves as Director of the Doctoral Program and Co-Chair’s the Project on Contentious Politics. Prof. Lyons has consulted with the Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and key think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has authored and edited several publications amongst them, Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace; Sovereignty as Responsibility: Conflict Management in Africa; and Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention; Strategies for Political Reconstruction; and Conflict Management and African Politics: Negotiation, Mediation, and Politics.
Sandra Tombe is a South Sudanese doctoral fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where she has taught undergraduate courses on conflict theory and research methods. She focuses on transnational politics. In particular, she studies political organizations and diaspora mobilization with particular focus on South Sudan and Cameroon. She has extensive knowledge on conflicts in Central and East Africa on the domestic and regional level, focusing on how identity and perceived identity affect how people engage with conflict. Sandra has published in The Journal of Modern African Studies. Sandra obtained her Master’s in French from the University of Louisville in 2016 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from Berea College in 2014.