Robtel Neajai PaileyRobtel Neajai Pailey PhD


London, UK

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Academia | International Development

Occupational Position: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Oxford

Professional History


Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the award-winning anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!  With over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America, she has worked across a broad range of fields supporting universities, governments, NGOs, media institutions, regional and multilateral organisations. Robtel’s core areas of research expertise include migration, development, citizenship, diasporas, transnationalism, conflict, post-war recovery, governance, and the political economy of aid, trade and remittances. An increasingly sought-after thought leader and public scholar, she has provided expert commentary for radio, television, print and online media across the globe.

In 2018, she was one of two winners of the 3rd annual International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Awards. In 2015, Robtel was listed by the Financial Times as one of ‘25 Africans to Watch’. She also has a personal website with publications, media engagements and other information.

Previously an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Robtel currently serves as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID), where she conducts research on citizenship, race, migration, South-South cooperation and socio-economic development in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Qualifications


BA African Studies (Howard University)
BA English Literature (Howard University)
MSc African Studies (University of Oxford)
PhD Development Studies (SOAS, University of London)

Programs


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
07 January 2019

2016 Tutu Fellow, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed as the CEO of Fundi, a fintech group across South Africa and Zimbabwe that offers technology services related to education like educational loans, bursary management and cashless payment solutions for schools. 

A play on the African word 'fundi', which means a learned person and the association with funding, Fundi is a leading education finance organisation in Southern Africa.  Access to finance to fund an education is a barrier many potential students face.

Norman Smit
07 January 2019

2008 Tutu Fellow Bibi Bakare-Yusuf has won the 2018 African Literary Person of the Year award from Brittle Paper. 

The Brittle Paper Award recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year.  Bibi Bakare-Yusuf was recognised for her long service and leadership in publishing as well as her disruptive approach.  It celebrates a literary personality who has taken the lead in challenging and expanding assumptions about what it means to be an African creative. Brittle Paper says that it recognizes individuals for this award who explore Africa as a powerful idea that does not restrain creativity but inspires the most boundary-pushing and revolutionary work.

Norman Smit
22 December 2018

Earlier this year, AFLI carried a piece on how 2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum has been engaged in the battle against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yap is a microbiologist and epidemiologist with Epicentre Africa, an association created in the 80's by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that set up a vaccine trial protocol with the Congolese government using an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck to be given selectively to those most likely to have had contact with a person carrying the disease.  Trial protocols are required for approval for use of experimental drugs. Since then, the battle against the outbreak has been in the news around the planet.

Yap told us as the year draws to a close that the battle continues and that it is serious.  He said that in less than six months, the DRC has seen two unrelated Ebola outbreaks.

Charles Sidambe
21 December 2018

2014 Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah, the founder and CEO of Kisua, has opened his second store at the Waterfront, in Cape town, South Africa. This comes just a few months after his collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Albertina Sisulu family on their Centenary lines.  Samuel has created a business providing a quality product with a strong brand that's available anywhere in the world. Seeing as the production is done in Cape town, it seemed ideal to also open a store in the mother city. 'Kisua' means 'Well-dressed person' in Swahili.  

Sam Mensah said that a spark behind Kisua was the appropriation of African design and fashion in London, Paris and New York while not bringing any jobs, income or benefits to Africans. 

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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