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Professor Ezrah Aharone, Founder and Executive Director, has 35 years of geopolitical experience in Africa, working as a strategist and resource person to governments, businesses, and institutions. He is the author of three seminal political books that apply the concept and consciousness of sovereignty as a global lens to interpret the history and promote the self-development of Africa and Africans in America. As a professor his work focuses on devising diplomatic and academic applications for joint socioeconomic advancement of Africa and the Diaspora, with HBCUs and African universities as driving agencies. (www.EzrahSpeaks.com).

Professor Leandra Marshall, Associate Director, is a professor at Delaware State University specializing international political economy, international relations, and economic and community development She has taught in the DSU Global Societies Program for over 10 years and established the Global Societies Lecture Series. She is also the Outreach Director and Research analyst for the University Center of Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT).

Dr. Akawsi Osei, Associate Dean of DSU College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences with expertise in Global Studies, International political economy, Africa in the international system, the African Diaspora, and multicultural education.  Among his numerous works he has published in all these areas.  His latest publication is Global Societies: an Introduction (2007) co-edited with Dr. F. Odun Balogun. He has served in the capacity as the Chair of the Delaware State University Faculty Senate, as well as Chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy.

Dr. Michael Casson Jr., Professor of Economics and Interim Dean of DSU College of Business. He is also the director of the University Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT).  He has over 15 years of experience performing cutting-edge analysis in the areas of economic and fiscal impact analysis, economic development, feasibility and market analysis. He has spearheaded Public-Private Partnerships aimed at spurring business development through the establishment of advanced manufacturing and innovative business accelerators/incubators.

Dr. Donna A. Patterson, Chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy. She also directs the Africana Studies Program and teaches courses in African Diaspora history and global health. Her expertise also includes international relations, comparative politics, international political economy and economic development. She is the author of Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship and has published scholarly articles on pharmaceutical markets, women pharmacists and Ebola.

Professor Wade Robinson

Dr. Makda Maru has an academic background in International Conflict management, Gender and Peacebuilding.  She has teaching experience in international relations, political science, and peace and security. In addition, she has considerable industry experience and practice with NGOs and government agencies. She has co-authored a research monograph on practical disarmament in Ethiopia published by the Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA). Her research examines conflict warning and early response, migration, women’s political participation, and China-Africa diplomatic relations.