Faculty and Academic Leadership

ALU’s faculty brings a collective wealth of diverse professional experiences, interests, and cultures to facilitate learning and growth in every student to develop the next generation of African and global leaders.

Academic Leadership


Theodore Sutherland

Head of College, ALC

Originally from Ghana, Theodore was formerly our Director of Career Development, the department which helps our students get the work experience, skills, network, perspective and character needed to thrive as a 21st century graduate. Before joining ALU, Theodore was the Associate Director of Africa Careers Network, the arm of our sister organisation, African Leadership Academy, which mentors, connects its graduates to internships and jobs, and powerful networks which together accelerate unlocking their leadership potential. Theodore holds an Economics degree from Bates College in the United States.


Veda Sunassee

Head of College, ALU

Originally from Mauritius, Veda’s journey with ALU started as Director of Student Life for the Mauritius campus. He also headed recruiting efforts at the African Leadership Academy as their Leadership and Entrepreneurship faculty member. Veda holds a Political Science degree from Princeton University in the United States.


Gaidi Faraj

Dean of Faculty, ALU

Dr. Gaidi Faraj brings a rich blend of experience in education and private sector business on the African continent. Dr. Faraj has over 10 years of senior level experience of managing large scale projects and navigating regulatory frameworks in Tanzania and broader East Africa. Dr. Faraj holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Troy State University in Montgomery, Alabama. He is currently a research fellow at Harvard University and was a 2017 UMASS Amherst W.E.B. DuBois fellow.

Laurel Staab

Director of Faculty, Rwanda

Laurel first joined ALU as the Faculty Development Lead on the Mauritius campus, where she helped fast track faculty skill development, and designed and implemented a full 10-week English immersion curriculum.

Prior to ALU, she studied at Stanford University in the United States, where her research focused on distribution of school resources and academic achievement across socioeconomic status in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. She’s also taught history in the Rio Grande Valley through Teach for America. Her undergraduate research at Vassar College focused on the role of women’s social movements during and after the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.


Josiah Nyangaga


A graduate of JKUAT in Kenya and Brunel University in London. Josiah teaches electronic engineering and Control theory in ALU’s Mauritius campus. He also helps students with projects with personal projects that depend heavily on embedded systems.

Kelebogile Sophoti

Kelebogile is an IBT faculty member in ALU Rwanda, She graduated from the University of witwatersand with a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Marketing and is currently taking a masters of Management in the fields of entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation at Wits Business School. She is passionate about entrepreneurial leadership and youth development across the African continent. Prior to ALU she worked at Colgate-Palmolive (East West Africa) on 43 African countries as the Retail Marketing Analyst; forecasting pricing strategies as well as identifying distribution channels for retailers. Apart from ALU Kelebogile is currently working with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation as an Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme Officer

Todd Miller

Todd facilitates Data & Decisions as part of the Leadership Core team. Bringing his experience in statistically driven project management and positive youth development.

Aseda Ohene-Adu


A graduate of the University of Ghana, Aseda teaches Data and Decisions as part of Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Elizabeth Gitari


“Elizabeth Gitari-Mitaru is a Kenyan environmental lawyer and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has diverse expertise in wildlife law, community land tenure systems, conservancy models, environmental legislative systems, environmental policy, climate change, energy law and policy formulation and enforcement. She has previously headed several legal departments at conservation NGOs in Kenya and volunteered her expertise to various organizations to streamline their natural resource conservation and protection policies. She has tangible experience in climate change mitigation frameworks, natural resource conflict resolution, wildlife conservancy governance structures, criminal justice interventions in enforcement of environmental and conservation law. Currently, she chairs the board of East African Wild Life Society, is the Secretary to the Eco-Tourism Society Kenya, and sits on the board of Kijabe Forest Trust. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring upcoming conservation leaders in Africa. “

Dr Ntandoyenkosi Sibindi

BA, MBA, PGDE, PhD (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) Dr Ntandoyenkosi Sibindi is an educationist, a scholar and a practitioner in the Business Sciences. Before joining ALU he taught in different schools, colleges and university across Africa. He was a visiting scholar at the Polk State College, Florida, USA. He has published several academic journals in the areas of organisational fitness, agility, structure and capabilities. He was an emerging scholar award recipient at the Sixteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations, 19-20 April 2016, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii USA. Dr Sibindi is a member of the
Golden Key International Society; he was invited to the society for his outstanding Phd thesis that he completed in a record time at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Dr Sibindi is also a member of a pension fund board.

Edwick Murungu

Edwick is a facilitator of the international Business and Trade (IBT) degree programme at ALU Rwanda.She pssesses special expertise in corporate compliance, international trade and investment, entrepreneurship, procurement, risk regulation, marketing and advertising, lecturing and corporate secretarial functions. Edwick is a a holder of a Masters of Laws in International Trade and Investment in Africa (LLM) ( University of Pretoria, South Africa), a Bachelors of Laws ( LLB) ( Fort Hare University, South Africa) and is currently pursuing a Masters of Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance (MCom) ( Midlands State University, Zimbabwe).She also has extensive experience in providing legal advisory to corporates in the mining sector, financial institutions and international organisations.

Cassandra Ndahiro


A Communication and Global Studies graduate from Nebraska Wesleyan in the United States, Cassandra teaches Communication for Impact as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Demilade Oluwasina


A graduate in Animal Science from Obafemi Awolowo in Nigeria, Demilade teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Edward Opoku


A graduate of Ashesi University in Ghana. Before joining ALU as a Data and Decisions facilitator, he had worked for the African market research company, Asoko Insight, and Ashesi University. He now works in our Registrar’s Office as our Student Data Lead.

Dr. Emmanuel O. Nuesiri


Emmanuel has a doctorate degree from Oxford and is a social development expert with interests in culture, politics, economics, environment and development. Currently, at ALU’s campus in Mauritius, he forms part of the Social Science faculty.

Julia Paolillo

United States

An African Studies, Political Science, and Arabic graduate from Middlebury College in the United States, Julia teaches Entrepreneural Leadership at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Kevin Rugamba


An International Relations graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, Kevin is the Language Support Programme Coordinator and its Lead Faculty at ALU’s Rwanda campus.

Mehdi Oulmakki


A Computer Science graduate from Dartmouth College, Mehdi is a part of the Computer Science faculty at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Michael Gebre Yntiso


A graduate of ALU’s inaugural Fellow Programme, Michael teaches Data and Decisions as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Nachula Wilson


An MBA graduate from IESE Business School, Spain, Nachula teaches Management Issues and Concepts, Contemporary Cultural Challenges in International Business, and International Business Strategy at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Priscilla Bretuo


Priscilla Bretuo has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and an MPhil and BA in Political Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Priscilla teaches Sociology and Politics at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Sila Ogidi


An English Language and Literature graduate from Bryn Mawr College in the United States, Sila is a Communication for Impact faculty member at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Stephen Naicken


A PhD, MRes, and BSc graduate of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Stephen teaches Computing at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Tofik Saad

United Kingdom

A Business Information Technology graduate from South Bank University London, Tofik forms part of the Communication for Impact team at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Tolu Agunbiade


An Accounting graduate from the University of Abuja, Tolu teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Yovin Poorun

Yovin Poorun is currently Faculty of Computer Science Department at African Leadership University in Rwanda. Yovin is very passionate about Cloud and Big Data and has deep interest to explore Artificial Intelligence