David Stevens, Director:
David Stevens is the founding director of the Program for African Thought and a Fellow at the World Policy Institute. He has 15 years experience working closely with Africa in both research and professional capacities including as the founder of Fireside Research, an advisory firm with analysts in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining WPI he was a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where his research focused on the politics of Southern Africa, and a PhD Affiliate at both the Innovations for Successful Societies Program and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs. BA, University of California at Berkeley; MA, Politics from Princeton University.
Nahema Marchal joins the World Policy Institute from the New School for Social Research, where she recently completed her Masters in Politics and Political Philosophy. In 2010, she left her native France for the University of Bristol, where she worked as features editor of the university’s newspaper, an event programmer for Bristol’s Creative Arts Magazine and an intern at the Guardian. At the New School, Nahema worked as Assistant Event Coordinator for the Center for Public Scholarship, organizing public conferences and discussions on critical social issues – from international corruption to climate change and art censorship.
Danielle Robinson, Program Associate:
Danielle Robinson is an MS candidate in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School University with a focus on equity in public policy, disaster risk management, and environmental resilience. Prior to joining the PATH, she worked with organizations such as the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and Network and at Yom Institute of Economic Development on issues of both urban and rural livelihood in the Horn of Africa. Her current research looks at the development of public-private partnerships for disaster resilience in Ethiopia with a particular focus on women’s empowerment and institutional capacity building.
Peter Osunde, Program Associate:
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Peter specializes in peace conflict and development. He has helped draft policy papers for women, peace and security at UN Women in New York and has worked as an intern in the UN Women country office in Liberia where he evaluated and reported on gender recruitment strategies of Liberian security agencies. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and is currently continuing his graduate education in Politics at The New School for Social Research.
Alexandra Boggs, Editor:
Alexandra holds an MFA in fiction writing from The New School and is a graduate student in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has worked with refugees at the International Rescue Committee, as a human rights observer with communities in the Ixcan, Guatemala, and as an amanuensis for a blind writer. Along with her work at PATH, she is working on a literary translation for an emerging Chilean writer, as well as her own collection of short fiction.