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.


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.

Yovin Poorun

Yovin Poorun is currently Faculty of Computer Science Department at African Leadership University in Mauritius. He was in the IT industry for over 14 years before joining ALU. Yovin is very passionate about Cloud and Big Data and has deep interest to explore Artificial Intelligence.