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Professor Edmond J. Keller, Ph.D.

Professor Edmond J. Keller, Ph.D. is professor and former chair of Political Science, Director of the UCLA Globalization Research Center-Africa and former Director of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at the University of California-Los Angeles. He specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on Africa. Professor Keller received his B.A. in Government from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has taught at Indiana University, Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Xavier University (New Orleans), and the University of California-Santa Barbara. Keller has been a visiting research scholar at the Institute for Development Studies (Nairobi, Kenya), the Bureau of Educational Research (Nairobi), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Africa Institute of South Africa, and the University of California-Berkeley Institute for International Studies. Also, he has consulted widely on issues relating to African Development and public policy, and, more recently, on the process of political transitions in Africa, and on African regional security issues.

Among his professional activities, Professor Keller served on the Council of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2000-2002; and the Executive Committee of the Comparative Politics Section of the APSA, 1996-1998. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Western Political Science Association and the National Journal of Political Science; as Editor of the Journal of African Policy Studies, and as vice president and president of the African Studies Association. Professor Keller was the recipient of the African Studies Distinguished Africanist Award for 2008.

Professor Keller is the author of two monographs: Education, Manpower and Development: The Impact of Educational Policy in Kenya (1980) and Revolutionary Ethiopia: From Empire to People’s Republic (1988). Professor Keller has also written more than 50 articles on African and African American politics, and has co-edited four books: Afro-Marxist Regimes: Ideology and Public Policy (with Donald Rothchild, 1987); South Africa in Southern Africa: Domestic Change and International Conflict (with Louis Picard, 1989), Africa in the New International Order: Rethinking State Sovereignty and Regional Security (with Donald Rothchild, 1996), and Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters (with Donald Rothchild, 2006). Presently Keller’s main research is on issues of political transitions in Africa, cultural pluralism and nationalism, and conflict and conflict management in Africa as most recently detailed in his book Identity, Citizenship, and Political Conflict in Africa.


Patricia del Pilar Martinez Barrios, Ph.D.

Patricia del Pilar Martinez Barrios, PhD is the General Rector of the Los Libertadores University Foundation in Columbia and holds various board positions at the University of Cartagena, Colegio Mayor de Bolívar, Universidad Simón Bolívar, and UNIMINUTO. She was previously the Vice Minister of Education for Colombia and Director of the Social and Human Sciences Group at the Simón Bolívar University, working on higher education governance, organization, management, quality, inclusion and internationalization. Barrios was also Rector of the Technological University of Bolívar (UTB), leading its development from an institute to a First High Quality Accredited University in Bolívar. She began her education leadership career as Secretary of Education in Cartagena where she led the educational decentralization initiative. She has a Master's degree in University Administration from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Educational Sciences from the University of Cartagena, Rudecolombia.

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Professor Mzobanzi Mboya, Ph.D.

Professor Mzobanzi Mboya, Ph.D. obtained a PhD in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to South Africa to become a Senior Lecturer and Professor at the University of Cape Town before becoming Administrator and Campus Principal at a university in Pretoria and he later joined New Partnership for Africa’s Development NEPAD.

After a long career in education in his home country, he has been engaged in making contributions beyond South Africa, through partnerships between educational institutions across the continent. Professor Mboya is currently implementing education programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Mozambique and the Republic of Angola that raise the standards of teaching by upgrading teachers’ training. The project works with teachers that haven’t completed secondary to help them complete Grade 12 as well as provided them with a professional certification. As the program advances, the current ratio of qualified teachers will increase thus improving quality of instruction.

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Professor John Edward Greene Ph.D.

Professor John Edward Greene Ph.D., a Guyanese national, was appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean in 2012. Professor Greene has a long regional and international career in the fields of academia, social sector development, poverty alleviation, organizational development and AIDS. In 2000, he joined the CARICOM Secretariat as Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development. Highly sensitized to the AIDS situation in the Caribbean, Professor Greene crafted the blue-print for the establishment of the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) recognized in 2004 as an international best practice in the response to AIDS. For his contribution to the region in health, HIV and human and social development, in October 2010 the Government of Suriname invested him with its second highest national honor, Grand Officer in the Order of the Yellow Star. The Caribbean Youth Ambassadors Corp bestowed on him the Life Time Youth Award for his pioneering role in the region’s youth and development agenda.

Dr. Greene is founder of Global Frontier Advisory, where he draws upon his expertise as a development Scientist and practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a political economist, social policy researcher, negotiator, advocate, fundraiser, and community organizer to provide guidance and advise. He specializes in Health and Human Development, Education and Training, Climate Change and Environmental Protection, Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls, Poverty Alleviation and Youth Leadership.” His leadership program for youth works with SIDS DOCK.

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Professor Andrey Rezaev, Ph.D.

Professor Andrey Rezaev, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized scholar who is doing academic work and research both in the USA and Russia (Research Professor at the University of Connecticut (October 2015 – June 2017). He has also held visiting positions teaching at numerous universities worldwide, including Rikkyo University (Japan), University of Western Ontario (Canada), University of Trento (Italy), University of Regensburg (Germany), Institute of Political Studies in Lille (France), University of Latvia (Latvia), and University of Sodortorn (Sweden).

He graduated from Leningrad State University and obtained an MA in Political Science from Central European University (Hungary), and PhD in Social Philosophy from St Petersburg State University (Russia). He was twice awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship to study, to teach and conduct research in the USA: as a junior scholar at Boston University, 1994/95 academic year, and as a Senior Scholar-in-Residence in the University of Maine system in 2005/06.

Rezaev’s research interests are oriented toward comparative strategies for research in the social sciences and institutional analysis. He is the author of 5 books and more than 70 articles published both in English and in Russian. He has published extensively on sociological accounts of Artificial Intelligence, theory and methodology of comparative sociology, comparative migration and transnationalism, comparative capitalism and socio-economic development in the Eurasian countries.

Emeritus Professor Florence B. Bonner, Ph.D.

Professor Florence B. Bonner, Ph.D. is the former Senior Vice President for Research and Compliance at Howard University; Associate Vice President for Research and Compliance; currently Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Sciences (in Sociology and Anthropology at Howard). Past Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (1992-2007). Founder of the African American Women’s Institute and the Women Studies Program at Howard and the first Director.

Service: 2009 to 2013, National Academy of Science Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM). Concurrently, American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS) member of the Health Education and Human Service committee (2010-13); Chair of the Big Data and Analytics committee (2013-14); Senior Fellow National Science Foundation 2001-02.

Dr. Bonner's publications include: “Diversity in Higher Education: The Women Are Fine The Men Are Not"? In Allen, et al Higher Education in a Global Society, vol.5: 158-190; Black Women in The Academy: Challenges and Opportunities: Guest Eds. Florence Bonner and Veronica Thomas, in Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 70, 2002; “Black Women in Historically Black Colleges”, Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Florence Bonner, Oxford Press, 2004; Bonner, et al, “Black American Males in Higher Education: Diminishing Proportions. In Diversity in Higher Education, vol. 6 United Kingdom, Emerald Press, 2009; Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia (Summary of Conference) National Research Council of The National Academies, 2013.