Oslo Analytica has a range of nationalities affiliated as experts, as we strongly believe in local knowledge as a means to provide contextual analysis and policy advice.
Staffan I. Lindberg is Professor of Political Science and Director of the V-Dem Institute at University of Gothenburg; is one of four principal investigators for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem); Wallenberg Academy Fellow; selected member Young Academy of Sweden; a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute, and member of the Board of University of Gothenburg. He has previously held faculty positions at Kent State University and University of Florida in the United States.
He is the author of Democracy and Elections in Africa and editor of Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?. His articles on issues such as elections, women’s representation, political clientelism, voting behavior, party and electoral systems, democratization, popular attitudes, and the Ghanaian legislature and executive-legislative relationships, have appeared in for example American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Studies in International Comparative Development, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Journal of Modern African Studies, and Democratization. Lindberg has been election observer several times, appraiser and reviewer of donors program in several Africa countries, including an evaluation of the Afrobarometer project.
Grete Benjaminsen has 20 years’ of experience working on issues relating to societal and environmental change in Sub Saharan Africa. Over the past seven years, her work has focused on researching governance-related aspects of the mechanism under the UNFCCC known as REDD+. Grete has a particular interest in understanding the relationship between policies and practices. As project advisor for the NGO-network Drylands Coordination Group (DCG) and CARE, Grete has managed and advised on numerous projects dealing with natural resource management and food security (for DCG) and gender and governance (for CARE). More than 10 years’ of collaborating with various African NGOs has given her a comprehensive knowledge of civil society in African contexts. Grete has extensive fieldwork experience from in particular Tanzania/Zanzibar. She is an expert in qualitative research methods, and is fluent in colloquial Swahili.
Dr. Dereje Feyissa has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Martin Luther University, Germany. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Osaka, Japan and at the Max Planck Institute of Social anthropology, Halle, Germany. He is an experienced researcher fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance. He is also a Fellow of the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Dereje has worked for various international development organizations such as Social Development Specialist at the World Bank and as Senior Research Advisor for the International Law and Policy Institute, as well as extensively consulted the Ethiopian government and international organizations on peace and development related issues. Currently Dr Dereje is a senior Research Advisor for the Life and Peace Institute based in Addis Ababa. His research areas of interest and competence are: conflict and conflict resolution practices; political economy of development; borders and transnationalism; and religion and politics. He authored two books and co-edited two books and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to several edited volumes.
Dr. Gedion Timothewos is a legal scholar whose research focus is on constitutionalism, rule of law, democracy, human rights, as well as comparative constitutional law with an African focus. He has taught various courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate level at the Addis Ababa University, the Central European University, as well as Hawassa and Ethiopian Civil Service Universities. Gedion graduated with an LLB from Addis Ababa University and did his LL.M. and S.J.D. at the Central European University in Comparative Constitutional law.
Gedion has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa of the University of Pretoria and at the Center for Constitutional Democracy of Indiana University (Bloomington). He has published both locally and internationally on a number of legal and political issues. He also writes occasionally on matters of public interest in local Amharic newspapers. Currently, Gedion is an Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, School of Law where he has served as Editor In Chief of the Journal of Ethiopian Law and as the Head of the Addis Ababa University School of Law. Gedion is also a Co-Director of the Constitution Building in Africa Summer Course at the Central European University.
Professor Fantu Cheru is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). From 2007-12, he was the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. Previously, Dr. Cheru served as a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Mobilizing International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (2005-2007) as well as Convener of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy, a joint initiatives of the Governments of Finland and Tanzania. Dr. Cheru also served as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Foreign Debt and Structural Adjustment for the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva from 1998-2001. In addition, Dr. Cheru has served both as an advisor and consultant to a number of governments and donor institutions including the UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNDP, UN-Habitat, SIDA, DANIDA, NORAD, among others.
Among Professor Cheru’s publications include: Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa: The Impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian Investments (2013); Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century, co-edited with Scarlett Cornelissen and Timothy M. Shaw (Palgrave, 2011); The Rise of China and India in Africa (2010); African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization (2002); The Millennium Development Goals: Mobilizing Resources to Tackle World Poverty (2005); Ethiopia: Options for Rural Development (1990); The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy (1989). His articles have appeared in numerous international journals: World Development; Review of African Political Economy; International Affairs; Third World Quarterly: Global Political Economy, among others. He currently serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals.
Aklilu Tetemke is an expert on government affairs, inter-governmental coordination, and legal matters in Ethiopia. He was the former director of the Inter Governmental Relations (IGR) Directorate at the Ministry of Federal Affairs in Ethiopia. He comes with 35 years of work experience from various public offices in Ethiopia and has a broad and deep understanding of the Ethiopian political environment and knowledge of the various actors and stakeholders.
Tetemke is also a Ph D candidate at Addis Ababa University and a part time lecturer on Federalism and Constitutional Law at St. Mary University and Staff College in Addis Ababa. He holds a Law Degree (LLB) from the Ethiopian Civil Service University and a MA in International Relations from Addis Ababa University. In addition to this he holds diplomas from a wide variety of advanced trainings.
Dr. Daniel Rezene Mekonnen is the Director of the Eritrean Law Society (ELS). He is co-author of The African Garrison State (2014), and a former Judge of the Central Provincial Court in Eritrea. He was a Senior Legal Advisor with the Oslo-based International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI). Between January 2010 and May 2012, Mekonnen has provided expert legal advice to Linklaters LLP, one of the top five law firms in the United Kingdom (so-called “Magic Circle” law firms). His role in this regard was instrumental in securing an international arbitral award of US$ 85.6 million. In October 2015, he also provided another expert legal advice in relation to a landmark Canadian court case on Corporate Social Responsibility, a partial judgement of which was delivered on 6 October 2016 and reported
as Araya v. Nevsun Resources Ltd. 2016 BCSC 1856. He has a proven track record in academic publishing, with a particular emphasis on international human rights law and transitional justice. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several European institutions of higher education. He has a doctoral degree (LLD) in Public International Law from the University of the Free State.
Terje Østebø received his PhD in the History of Religion from Stockholm University, and is an associate professor at the Center for African Studies and the Department of Religion, University of Florida. He is also the founding director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies. His research interests are Islam in contemporary Ethiopia, Islam, politics, and Islamic reformism in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, as well as Salafism in Africa. He has lived in Ethiopia for 6 years, and has extensive field-research experience. Publications include Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism (co-edited with Patrick Desplat), (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013); Localising Salafism: Religious Change among Oromo Muslims in Bale, Ethiopia (Brill 2012); “The revenge of the Jinn: Salafism and Perceptions of Change in Contemporary Bale (Ethiopia)”, in Contemporary Islam, 8, 1, 2014; “Islam and State Relations in Ethiopia: From Containment to the Production of a ’Governmental Islam’”, in Journal of the American Academy of Religion,81, 3, 2013.“Revolutionary Democracy and Religious Plurality: Islam and Christianity in Post-Derg Ethiopia” in Journal of East African Studies, 5, 2 (2011); ”Local Reformers and the Search for Change: The Emergence of Salafism in Bale, Ethiopia” in Africa, 81, 4 (2011); Islamism in the Horn of Africa: Assessing Ideology, Actors, and Objectives, International Law and Policy Institute (2010).
Semir Yusuf is a Political Scientist with more than ten years of experience in teaching and doing research. He is currently completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto (UofT), Canada. Previously, he did his Masters and Bachelor degrees in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University. He also took additional intensive trainings on Peace and Conflict Studies (United Religion’s Initiative, US, India, and Ethiopia) and Research Methodology (The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, Ethiopia). Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he served as a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University and the New Generation University College. He also worked as a researcher for UPeace, Africa Programme. At the UofT, he has been active in the teaching and research areas.
Semir specializes in the fields of Comparative Politics and Development Studies. His specific thematic areas of expertise are conflict and peace studies with a special emphasis on the politics of insurgency, authoritarian politics, ethnic and nationalist movements/discourses and the politics of development. His regional speciality is the Horn of Africa with a specific interest in Ethiopia. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals in the noted areas. Semir is fluent in Amharic, Harari and Arabic, as well as English.