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Edward Paice - Director
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Edward tweets at @EdPaiceARI

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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 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.
Fadil Elobeid - Communications Officer
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Fadil tweets at @F_Elobeid

Fadil Elobeid is Communications Officer at Africa Research Institute (ARI). Prior to joining ARI he undertook an MA in International Security at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and a BA in History at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).

He has held positions at the Royal African Society (RAS), Mines Advisory Group, the Eastern Recovery & Development Programme, and the Sudan Volunteer Programme.

Fadil joined ARI in May 2017.
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.
Zilper Audi - Intern
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Zilper Audi is currently studying for an MA in Public Policy at King’s College London. Prior to this, she worked at the International Centre for Tax and Development (based at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex); the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya), a public policy think tank based in Nairobi; and Kituo Cha Sheria, a leading human rights NGO also based in Nairobi.