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Justine Maisha Davis is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley in the USA. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development at the American University in Paris and her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies (Africa Concentration) from Elon University in North Carolina in the USA. She has lived and worked in the USA and France on several Africa-focused initiatives and served as a Special Advisor in the Ministry of National Education in Côte d’Ivoire as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow.
Dr. Mussa Idris is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Elon University, North Carolina in the USA. He co-leads a January term study abroad course to Ethiopia and Tanzania. Prior to teaching at Elon, he taught at the University of Asmara in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, where he was also the Chair of the Department from 2003 to 2005. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida and his area of expertise is entrepreneurship among the Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. Dr. Mussa completed his Master’s Degree on a USAID scholarship, has served as a consultant for NGOs in Eritrea on topics such as social entrepreneurship, health, and education and is the recipient of the Student Government Association’s Gerald L. Francis award for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2015).