Team

Ahmed Bile
Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA)

Ahmed Bile is Research Fellow at the Somali Institute for Development Research and Analysis (SIDRA). He holds a Master of Pharmacy from King’s College London and Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) certificates from the University of Manchester and the University of Greenwich. 

Ahmed has over 25 years’ experience in health teaching and research.  Ahmed has a keen interest in health systems in fragile states (Somalia) especially in access to essential medicines, medicines information and human resource for health.  

Dr Clayton Boeyink
The University of Edinburgh

Clayton Boeyink is based at the University of Edinburgh. As a Research Fellow on  this project he coordinates  between research teams to support data collection and analysis from all field  sites.

Clayton completed an MSc in Africa and International Development  and PhD in International  Development focusing on the Tanzanian state’s shutdown self-reliance  opportunities in refugee camps and refugees’ resistance through everyday  mobilities and livelihoods.  Prior to academia, he was a social worker in the US for a refugee resettlement  agency and started the first mental  health programme for refugees in Iowa.

Dr Jean-Benoît Falisse
The University of Edinburgh 

Jean-Benoît Falisse is a Lecturer in the Centre of African Studies and a Fellow in the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh. As a Co-Investigator, he  coordinates the Congolese stream of the project, and also leads on knowledge exchange and impact (KEI) activities.

A social scientist with training in history, development economics, and political science, Jean-Benoît’s work has focussed on the political economy and governance of basic social services in so-called fragile states, with substantial fieldwork in Sud Kivu (DR Congo) and Burundi. 

Agino Foussiakda Cécilia 
Université Evangélique en Afrique

Agino Foussiakda Cécilia is a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Evangélique en Afrique and a researcher at the Centre d’Excellence Denis Mukwege. She is responsible for psychosocial analyses and gender intersectionality amongst Congolese IDPs. Cécilia is also a PhD Student enrolled in the Faculty of Psychology at Université de Liège in Belgium. She holds a BSc in Social Work from the Université Evangélique en Afrique and a MSc in Gender Studies from Université Catholique de Louvain. 

Dr Germaine Furaha
Université Evangélique en Afrique / Centre d’Excellence Denis Mukwege 

Germaine Furaha is Lecturer in Economics and Director of the Centre of Excellence Denis Mukwege at the Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA-Bukavu) in DRCongo. As a Co-Investigator, she oversees research activities in the DRCongo. In collaboration with the Panzi Foundation, she also leads on SGBV stakeholder engagement in all field sites, supported by an Advocacy and Impact Officer. 

Germaine has expertise on women and girls’ access to resources and benefits in the DRC context. She is currently working on research and action around the status of women, the promotion of women’s leadership and peace in the DRCongo. 

 

Rina Ghafoerkhan
ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre 

Rina Ghafoerkhan is a mental health practitioner based at ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre. She specialises in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in conflict settings. She is a mental health and research adviser, involved in data collection and analysis on neglected mental health issues and sexual violence among Somali and Congolese displaced people. She is also conducting doctoral research at Utrect University on conflict-related sexual violence and sexual exploitation. 

Elise Griede
ARQ International 

Elise Griede is senior advisor Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) at ARQ International. She leads ARQ’s research on the neglected mental health issues among Somali and Congolese displaced people, and will be responsible for needs-based psychosocial care and expertise during the research for both researchers and participants.

Elise has a rich international experience as MHPSS practitioner; developing and coordinating psychosocial programmes and interventions for and with conflict affected populations across the globe. Her particular interest lies in understanding and supporting the resilience, coping strategies and healing of conflict affected people.

Mark Henderson 
The University of Edinburgh

Mark Henderson is a Project Manager at the University of Edinburgh and Project Coordinator for the GCRF Protracted Displacement project.

Previously Mark worked as a Project Manager with the Scottish Ambulance Service and as a project manager and technical adviser with several International NGOs. He holds an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development and Prince 2 and Prince 2 Agile Practitioner project management certifications.

Dr Ahmed Herzi
Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA)

Ahmed Herzi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Somali Institute for Development Research and Analysis (SIDRA). He holds a PhD in Economics and Islamic Finance from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), MBA in Business Administration from Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) Malaysia, MA in Foreign Languages Education from Al-Madinah International University (MEDIU) Malaysia, and a BBA from East Africa University Somalia. 

Ahmed has worked across Africa and Asia with government, civil society and academia for over 14 years, most recently on psychosocial protection, health economics, and gender development in Somalia. He is founder of the Malaysia-Somalia Business Society (MSBS) and of the Somali Disaster Response Management Development Fund (SODMAD), co-founder of the Institute for Peace Security and Development (IPSED), and editorial board member of the London Institute of Skills Development (LISD).  

Professor Laura Jeffery 
The University of Edinburgh 

Laura Jeffery is Professor of Anthropology of Migration at the University of Edinburgh. She is Principal Investigator (PI) on the GCRF Protracted Displacement project, with overall responsibility for planning and coordination of project activities.

Laura has conducted ethnographic research on protracted displacement for two decades. She has worked with the displaced Chagossian community in Mauritius and the UK since 2001, most recently on human-environment relations and intangible cultural heritage (chagos.online). She has also worked in Morocco since 2016, and is Co-Director of the GCRF MADAR Network Plus, which deploys arts-based participatory methods for creative engagement with displacement and migration in the Maghreb.

Léon Kazamwali
Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA) 

Muzee L. Kazamwali is a teaching and research assistant at the Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also works as a research fellow in charge of survival strategies of Congolese displaced people within the Centre d’Excellence Denis Mukwege. He holds a BSc in Economics from the Université Evangélique en Afrique and an MSc in Agribusiness Management from Makerere University (Uganda).  

Dr Lucy Lowe 
The University of Edinburgh 

Lucy Lowe is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. As a Co-Investigator on DiSoCo, she leads on the Somali stream of research and is the ethics lead for the overall project. 

Lucy’s work focuses on the relationship between reproductive health, forced migration, and motherhood. Her doctoral research examined how Somali refugee women’s experiences of displacement in Kenya and strategies for onward migration were shaped by their reproductive capacities, kinship networks, and popular notions of motherhood.  

Dr Amina Jama Mahmud
Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA)

Amina Jama Mahmud is Director of Research and Senior Gender Advisor at the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) and an associate researcher at Uppsala University, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). As a Co-Investigator, she leads the Somalia team and leads on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  

Amina’s research focuses on gender and social inclusion and health information systems. She has over 15 years’ professional experience in providing strategic leadership in evidence-based policymaking, innovative design, and implementation of needs-based, sustainable programs to improve health and livelihoods for vulnerable communities in Sweden and Somalia. 

Alex Makotose
The University of Edinburgh

Alex Makotose is a Senior Project Officer at the University of Edinburgh and Finance Officer for the GCRF Protracted Displacement project.

Alex has previous experience providing grant and contract management support for research and international development projects. In her last role she worked for a contract and intellectual property management consultancy where she was responsible for supporting projects implemented by research institutions, NGOs and government organisations.

 

Denise Mukwege
Fondation Panzi /Centre international de Recherche Avancée et de Formation 

Denise Mukwege is a social science researcher at the Centre International de Recherche Avancée et de Formation at the Panzi Foundation in DRC. She is responsible for data collection and advocacy in DRC. She holds a Masters in Sociology of Politics and Integration from the Université Felix Houphouët Boigny in the Ivory Coast. She has experience in the social and economic integration of survivors of sexual violence and of IDPs. Her research interests include the provision of support for unmarried mothers and the social integration of survivors of sexual violence in Eastern DRC.

Dr Paulin Mutombo
Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) 

Paulin Mutombo is Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Kinshasa. As a Co-Investigator, he leads the Eastern DRC team on the GCRF Protracted Displacement Project. 

Paulin is a medical doctor, public health specialist, and epidemiologist, with expertise in health systems. 

Prof Dr Henry Ngongo
Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA) 

Henry Ngongo Muganza teaches in the Faculty of Science and Management at the Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a researcher in the Eastern DR Congo team and leads the field research as team leader of investigators (field research assistant). He has a PhD in Economics, with research interests in the analysis of economic policies including public health policies. 

Professor Josephat Nyagero
Amref Intenational University

Josephat Nyagero is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Community Health department at Amref International University, Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Research Fellow on the GCRF Protracted Displacement project. 

Josephat has over 30 years of experience in population, reproductive health, and health systems strengthening research, surveys, and training in Africa. His recent work includes projects on: traditional birth attendants amongst pastoralist communities in Kenya, Kenya’s national human papillomavirus vaccination programme, geo-mapping of cancer care and treatment patients in Kenya, and improving equitable maternal health services in Malawi. 

Dr Joachim Osur 
Amref International University 

Joachim Osur is Associate Professor of sexual and reproductive health at the Amref International University. As a Co-Investigator, he leads the Kenya team on the GCRF Protracted Displacement project.

Joachim is a public health, reproductive health, and sexual medicine specialist with a wide experience in health programming in the African context. He was recently nominated to the board of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, a global NGO that advocates for sexual and reproductive rights across the world. He is also a board member of Health Rights International Kenya Chapter.

Dr Alison Strang 
Queen Margaret University 

Alison Strang is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is Co-Investigator and social connections lead on the GCRF Protracted Displacement project.

Alison’s research concerns the mental health and wellbeing of those affected by conflict and disaster, prioritising grassroots perspectives to support communities, practitioners and policy makers. She developed and updated the ‘Indicators of Integration’ framework (Ager & Strang, 2008; Home Office, 2019). Recent research addresses refugee mental health and isolation; social capital and the mapping of social connections; and new refugees’ integration pathways. Alison chaired Scotland’s refugee strategy: ‘New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities’ until 2018. She is the co-founder of the ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network’ a global platform to improve access to people, resources and knowledge.

Dr Jo Vearey 
University of the Witwatersrand  

Jo Vearey is Associate Professor and Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at Wits University in Johannesburg. As a Co-Investigator, she leads the South Africa research team on the GCRF Protracted Displacement project.

Jo has a background in public health and her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections between migration and health. She coordinates the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp), directs the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility – hosted by ACMS – and is Vice-Chair of the global Migration, Health, and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI).

Dr Rebecca Walker 
University of the Witwatersrand  

Rebecca Walker is a member of the South African research team based at Wits University. She leads work package 2, identifying key neglected chronic mental health conditions (and comorbid physical conditions) associated with displacement, violence, and gendered conflict. 

With a background in social anthropology, Rebecca has worked broadly on issues related to gender, migration, and health using an intersectional lens. Her work as a postdoctoral fellow and then research fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at Wits has focused on access to healthcare, xenophobia and the survival strategies of asylum-seeker and refugee women. 

David Nieuwe Weme 
ARQ International

David Nieuwe Weme is a Researcher at ARQ International, specializing in developing MHPSS policy and interventions in (post-)conflict settings. On this project he is conducting research on neglected mental health issues among displaced populations.

David’s previous research focused on the effects of the global crisis response system on local networks and coping strategies in the context of the 2014-2016 West-Africa Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. He explores linkages between health and culture, trying to make social science insights relevant for field practitioners and policy makers. 

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