2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Robtel is an academic, published author, essayist, scholar-activist and children's book author.  

Robtel is the author of a monograph titled Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia that will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. Her work has also been published in academic journals such as Development and Change and Review of African Political Economy.

Aside from her scholarly writings, she is also the author of the award-winning, anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!Gbagba and Jaadeh! and Jaadeh!Jaadeh!

You can read a more complete academic biography of Robtel at the university website.

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.