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Edward Paice - Director
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Edward Paice is the Director of Africa Research Institute. He studied African history as part of his degree course at Cambridge University and returned to Cambridge as a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College in 2003-4. In the 1990s and early 2000s he was based in eastern Africa where, among other projects, he wrote the first guidebook to independent Eritrea.

Since then he has written and lectured extensively on diverse African topics and is the author of “‘Tip and Run': The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa” (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2007). Infrastructure development, economic diversification, smallholder agriculture, urbanisation and the geo-politics of the Horn of Africa are subjects in which he has a particular research interest. Edward was Managing Editor of ARI for 15 months before becoming Director in January 2011.
Nick Branson Senior Researcher ARI
Nick Branson - Senior Researcher
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Nick Branson is Senior Researcher at Africa Research Institute (ARI). He holds a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is working towards a PhD at the same institution.

Prior to joining ARI, Nick gained experience of advising African governments, political parties, legislatures, and civil society organisations through roles with Independent Diplomat, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Africa Justice Foundation. He is a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit and speaks fluent French.

Nick joined ARI in August 2014.
Jamie Hitchen - Policy Researcher
Jamie Hitchen - Policy Researcher
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Jamie tweets at @JCHitchen

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Jamie Hitchen is Policy Researcher at Africa Research Institute (ARI). He holds a MA (Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Prior to joining ARI, Jamie acquired a detailed understanding of informal structures on the continent through working in roles at the Human Rights Centre and Refugee Law Project in Uganda, and at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Sierra Leone. He has been published in the Journal of Human Rights Practice.

Jamie joined ARI in September 2014.
Ndéla Faye - Consultant
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Ndéla tweets at @NdelaFaye
Ndéla Faye is a former Communications Officer at Africa Research Institute. A freelance journalist and writer, her work has appeard in The Guardian, Al Jazeera English and Courrier International, among others.
Paul Adams Consultant Africa Research Institute
Paul Adams - Consultant
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Paul Adams is a consultant for Africa Research Institute. He is also Africa adviser at Salamanca Group. Paul was formerly the Africa specialist at Kroll Associates and for many years a foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia for The Financial Times, Reuters and others.

Paul joined ARI in September 2014.
Kaleke Kolawole - Intern
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Kaleke tweets at @kalekeirawo
Kaleke Kolawole is a recent graduate of International Development with French at the University of Portsmouth. In September 2017, she will be commencing an MA in African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Kaleke has interned at AEFJN, an international network present in Africa and Europe that aims to alleviate economic disparities between the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa, and has also worked at Farm Africa.