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


Gaidi Faraj

Dean, ALU Rwanda

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 Learning and Pedagogy

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.

Dr. Fay Hodza

Academic Director

Dr. Fay Hodza is a transformative higher education leader and educator who joins ALU with over twenty years of academic experience.

He is a human and community development expert with research interests in gender and sexuality, systemic community engagement, higher education, drug policy reform, human security, and sustainable development in Southern Africa. He also has interests in the political economy of the oil and gas industry in the SADC region. Fay believes that deeper regional socio-political and economic integration is inextricably linked to sustainable peace, stability and the overall development of the SADC region and the African continent at large.


Dr. Sixbert Sangwa

Sixbert Sangwa is an Intentional Business and Trade Faculty and Capstone Supervisor. He joined ALU Rwanda with 11 years Industry experience in Business Development and Project Management within Development and Humanitarian Sectors, both locally and regionally. He believes that entrepreneurship holds the future of employment, hence his passion for teaching business and entrepreneurship skills.

Lucy Cherono

Lucy is a Computer Science Facilitator (and a very passionate one at that). She has facilitated at a myriad of institutions of higher learning across East Africa for over ten years. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Data Science using ensemble algorithm to predict Loan Status. Her mission is to Encourage Engage and Equip others to believe in the possibilities.

Verena Lenzen

Verena Lenzen holds a MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research. She worked in management consulting and software development applying her knowledge of Analytics across a multitude of industries globally. In 2019 she moved to Rwanda to establish a social start-up focused on sustainability. Since early 2020 Verena has been teaching at the International Business and Trade faculty at ALU.

Oluwaseun David Adepoju

Oluwaseun David Adepoju is a Global Challenges Faculty and Academic Librarian at the African Leadership University, Kigali Rwanda. Before joining the University, he was the founder and the manager of TECHmIT Africa, a Technology and Innovation Ecosystem Advocacy Organization in Nigeria. He had a bachelor in Library and information science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. A masters in Information Science at the University of Ibadan Nigeria. A masters in Public Policy (Technology Policy) at the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management South Korea and a currently a PhD researcher in Creative Technologies at the COLAB, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Francis Vorhies

Dr Francis Vorhies is a conservation economist with a particular interest in unlocking the wildlife economy in Africa. He is the Academic Director of ALU’s School of Wildlife Conservation as well as the Director of the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University and a Research Visitor at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford. His past experiences include being the chief economist of the African Wildlife Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Dr Vorhies has a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Fabrice Dusengumuremyi

Fabrice Dusengumuremyi has an MBA of Finance he obtained from the Adventist University of Central Africa. He has experience in Education at higher learning institutions serving as a Facilitator, Lecturer, Academic Advisor/Coach and Academic Registrar. During his career, he has mainly worked on designing and implementing the competency-based and blended learning models.

Jackson Akor

Jackson Akor joins ALU as a Global Challenges Faculty. He has 7 years experience in Social Innovation across diverse enterprises. He holds a joint honors degree in Business Education & Accounting from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

He studied for a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship Education at the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a MacArthur Foundation regional centre of excellence, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Emmanuel Munyarukumbuzi

Emmanuel Munyarukumbuzi Joined ALU as Faculty: Leadership Core, Communicating for Impact. He is a Media and Communication professional with experience in Rwanda, Australia, Europe and various countries in Africa. His research interests include communication for development (including health communication and sustainability), social justice, and the impact of technology on communication and development.

Sylvie Ndahimana

A Product Manager with +15 years of working experience in digital transformation combined with project management frameworks facilitating business change within organisations in Africa, Europe and the USA (Mining sector, Financial sector, Tech, Public sector).
I am passionate about helping people and contributing to success stories.

Benson Murimi

Benson is a Computer Science Facilitator at ALU. He holds a master’s degree in IT focused in Data Science and Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He’s passionate about developing user friendly technologies and scaling technology infrastructures.

Thadee Gatera

Before joining ALU, Thadee worked at University of Rwanda(UR) in the computer science department. At university of Rwanda; Thadee served as departmental academic officer (in charge of student marks organization and presentation), at the same time coordinating an information security programme run at the National Police College (NPC) under the MoU between UR and NPC.
Working at UR as an academic staff, Thadee taught software engineering, database management system, and analysis of algorithms.

Eline Hessels

After an undergraduate year at College of Charleston, USA, Eline obtained a BSc in Communication Science and a MSc in Marketing from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in her country of origin, the Netherlands.

Bringing prior experience from international FMCG companies, Eline has joined ALU Faculty: Leadership Core, Projects in Mauritius. Eline has a passion for challenge and learning, and doing so in dynamic environments.

Laine Munir

Dr. Laine Munir is a political anthropologist who brings to the Global Challenges program her interdisciplinary research and teaching experience in gender, law, and conflict. She holds a Ph.D. in Law and Society from New York University and a M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University. She has served as Research Fellow at the University of Rwanda and George Mason University Korea, as well as an Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique.

Maeri Onderi David

David holds an MA in Project Management. He is currently finalizing a Ph.D. in Project Management and a second MSc in Environment. With experience in business ventures, projects, love for the environment, a deep cultural diversity, and a passionate educator he is committed to mentoring the next generation of change-makers in Africa.

Dr Theresa Inonge Lisita

Dr Lisita holds a PhD in Marketing Management from the North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She joined ALU, Faculty International Business and Trade in August 2020. Prior to this she lectured Strategic Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Tom Bussen

Tom Bussen, JD, MBA, and DBA (2021), teaches in the International Business and Trade Department at ALU. An avid cross-cultural researcher, Tom has book publications on International Compliance Management, Public Sector Administration in Central Asia, and Global Leadership. Previously, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer and an Assistant Professor of Business and Law at the American University of Central Asia

Jared Jeffery

Since graduating with a Master’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 2010, I have worked primarily as a research analyst covering diverse subjects from food security to political risk and macroeconomic forecasting, with a focus on Africa.

Robert Sabuni Wekesa

Robert holds a masters in degree in Distributed computing from the University of Nairobi and an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science from JKUAT University in Kenya, currently registered for a PhD in IT at JKUAT, Kenya. He is passionate about machine learning and artificial Intelligence.

Grace Adoley Ansah

Grace holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering with a minor in African Studies from Stanford University, and a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has experience in curriculum development, research, international (education) policy, statistical data analysis and data visualization.

Monique Coombes

Monique is a passionate educator who has taught children, teenagers and adults in both the South African, as well as the Mauritian context. Prior to moving to Mauritius, she was involved in teacher training in Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked with first to final year B.Ed students, lecturing and mentoring them through the theoretical and practical components of their degree.

Tatenda Duncan Kavu

Tatenda Duncan Kavu currently is a faculty in CS department. He has been in academia for 10 years, teaching doing research and consultancy in recommender systems and machine learning. Skilled in Business Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Recommender Systems and Data Mining.

Kudakwashe Dandajena

Kudakwashe is a Computer Science Facilitator at ALU. He is an industry expert with 10+ combined years of experience in leading the implementation of various 4IR technologies. Academically, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His primary research interests lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, data science, and related algorithms. Kuda holds a Master’s and Honours Degree in Computer Science.

Oluwatoyin Omotayo

Oluwatoyin Omotayo is a people development partner and a career coach with competencies and experience in Business Advisory, Organizational Development and HR Generalist functions cutting across various sectors.

She is a graduate of Psychology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and holds a master’s degree in Industrial & Labour Relations from the University of Lagos. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and also a licensed human resource practitioner.

Cedric Maforimbo

Cedric is an environmental educationalist, agro-ecologist and social entrepreneur with over 6 years of conservation experience working in academia, and in the NGO, government and […]

Winnie Muchina

Winnie Muchina is an economist, educator and human centred design specialist. She currently works in the Global Challenges degree programme facilitating the human centred design […]

Christella Umuhoza

Christella is an Entrepreneurship faculty at ALU Rwanda with experience in business development, product development and venture creation. An entrepreneur at heart, Christella is passionate about solving societal challenges through sustainable ventures creation. She pursued her Masters Degree at Carnegie Mellon University Africa focused on Tech Entrepreneurship, as a Smart Africa Scholar.

Obed Kobina Nsiah

Obed is a Computer Science faculty at African Leadership University. He graduated from Ashesi University in Ghana with a degree in CS and also as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. He is a learner at heart and loves working in fields where he can apply mathematical or logical analysis coupled with extensive computing skills to arrive at a solution.

Bobson Rugambwa

Bobson joins the CS Faculty team with over 7 years industry experience in software engineering, product development and management with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Requirements Analysis, Developer with language skills in PHP, Python, NodeJS, AngularJS and Java, Agile Methodologies, Mobile Applications.

Dr Chimkwanum Okecha

Chim, a member of the Leadership Core team has a Ph.D in Business Management with “Leadership” as his area of specialisation. He is an Associate Fellow of Higher Education in the United Kingdom and has corporate experiences in HR roles in the Technology sector.

He has presented papers in international conferences on leadership from an African perspective, with key interest on the element of culture.

He is passionate about people dynamics, entrepreneurial development and organisational transformation through effective leadership. His hobbies include football, shodokan aikido and table tennis.

Clovis Wanziguya

A member of the Computer science department with a substancial industrial experience in software development, project execution and payments integration who’s interests are in software development, Internet of Things, IT entreprenuership and finTech.

Kwame Norvixoxo

Kwame completed his undergraduate studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Development Planning. After a year of working as a teaching and research assistant at the Centre for Settlements Studies in the same University, he won a DAAD scholarship to study towards a Masters degree at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. He completed his Masters in 2012 with a degree in Integrated Watershed Management.

Chiedza M Skyum

A facilitator in the Global Challenges Faculty, Chiedza has lived and studied on 3 continents, the most recent being a 10 year stint in Thailand, where she completed an MA in International Relations and began her PhD journey in mobility, identity and education. Before ALU, she coordinated a minor programme in International Relations for the Netherlands-based NHL-Stenden University’s branch campus in Bangkok, receiving students from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Allan Gasbon Bartolome

A MSc graduate in Computer & Information Security at University of Liverpool, UK and BSc in Computer Science from the Philippines. Before joining ALU, he worked in one of the government university in Liberia as a Head and Faculty of Computer Science Department, wherein he introduced and designed a curriculum in Computer Science programme. Allan is currently a Faculty in Computer Science Department at ALU Mauritius. His research interest includes mobile/5G security, digital forensics, authentication techniques, cyber crimes, IoT, apps, and robotics.

Salam Al-Khateeb

Business Management

Rudi Ackerman

Rudi was born and raised in small-town South Africa, where he developed a love for business as a way to improve the lives of the community. He completed an undergraduate degree and honours (cum laude) in Economics at North-West University, then finished his Masters in Economic Development Theory and Policy (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He worked at the second largest bank in Africa, Absa Group Limited, moving between various roles as analyst, business and project manager and finally as the regional head of data and performance. During this time he chaired a syndicate for the Barclays Pan African Graduate Development Programme, was involved in various youth entrepreneur initiatives and think tanks to future proof the bank. He left the world of banking to join ALU because of his passion for Africa, its future leaders and business.

Ella Ty Karambizi

A detail-oriented programmer, Ella has been part of teams that developed a few software solutions for companies like Teletracking, Irembo and Asoko insights where she worked mostly on the backend. She is passionate about distributed systems and sharing knowledge. Being a music lover, she enjoys dancing and karaoke as well as good food and fashion.

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.

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.

Demilade Oluwasina


Demilade Oluwasina is an entrepreneur and educator. He currently works as Faculty for Entrepreneurship and International Business and Trade. Prior to this, he was Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty for more than 2 years, designing and delivering curriculum to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders as change-makers and problem-solvers. Before joining ALU, he was the Program Manager at The Bridge Program Nigeria, an education NGO. He also previously led IMW Creative Enterprise, a branding and advertising firm where he gathered years of business experience in project management, marketing, advertising and eCommerce. He is an Alibaba Global Ecommerce Talent certified trainer and on track to complete a Leadership MBA in early 2020

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.

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.

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.