Africa Forum

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Registration

Washington, DC
Thursday, May 30, 2019

A NAFSA seminar offered by the Global Programs and Resource Development Department.

The 2019 Africa Forum will explore issues related to international partnerships and cooperation with Africa. Global Dialogue Program fellows and partners, and other African higher education leaders will share innovative practices in the region and provide insight on how to develop sustainable and successful internationalization strategies and partnerships.


Thursday, May 30, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Professor of African and Comparative/International Politics, Ithaca College
1:35 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Sponsor Address
Robert Crane, PhD, Associate Vice Provost of Global Programs, Penn State
1:40 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Keynote Presentation
Akosua Adomako Ampofo, PhD, Professor of African and Gender Studies, University of Ghana, and President, African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA)
2:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. International Higher Education and Partnerships Panel (moderated by Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, includes Q&A)
  • Patrick Freeman, Manager of International Programming – Africa, Obama Foundation
  • Patrício Langa, PhD, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, and NAFSA 2018-2019 Global Dialogue Fellow
  • Patricia Mwila, Manager, International Link and Liaison, University of Zambia, Zambia, and NAFSA 2018-2019 Global Dialogue Fellow
2:45 p.m. –3:25 p.m. Roundtable Partnership Discussions
Higher Education Internationalization in Africa (grouped by regions)
3:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele

Keynote Speaker

Akosua Adomako AmpofoAkosua Adomako Ampofo, PhD
University of Ghana, African Studies Association of Africa
Akosua Adomako Ampofo is professor of African and gender studies at the University of Ghana, and President of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). Formerly, she was the foundation director of the University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy and later director of the Institute of African Studies. At the heart of Adomako Ampofo’s work are questions of identity and power—within families, institutions, political and religious spaces, and the knowledge industry—including the significance of gender, class, and race. Her work has been recognized by Sociologists for Women and Society and the African Studies Association (ASA), among others. Adomako Ampofo is a member of various professional associations including ASAA, ASA, International Sociological Association, CODESRIA, Ghana Studies Association, and serves on various boards including the Social Sciences Research Council's Next Generation Program. She is editor-in-chief of the Contemporary Journal of African Studies, co-editor of the Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa blog, and the African Studies Review. Adomako Ampofo is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a BS in architecture and an MS in development planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, a PG Diploma in spatial planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and a PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Panel Speakers

Patrick FreemanPatrick Freeman
Obama Foundation
Patrick Freeman is a manager of international affairs at the Obama Foundation where he oversees the Leaders: Africa Program. Prior to that, he managed youth leadership programs at the U.S. Department of State and IREX. Over the course of his career in international development, Freeman has also worked on electoral strengthening processes and civic engagement programs across Africa. He lives and works in the Washington, DC area.

Patrício LangaPatrício Langa, PhD
Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Patrício Langa is a sociologist and associate professor of higher education studies at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique, and at the Institute for Post School Studies of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He advises the rector of UEM on strategic planning and is a visiting professor of higher education studies at the Danube University Krems in Austria and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Stockholm. Langa served as the first executive director for external evaluation in the National Council on Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Mozambique (CNAQ) and currently serves on the board of non-executive directors. He founded and served as director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CESD) in Mozambique. Langa is also the founding member and president of the Mozambican Sociological Association (A.M.S). He established the African Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (ACHER). Langa’s research interest is in the intersection of sociology and higher education studies in Africa. He holds a BA in sociology from UEM, an MA in higher education studies and a PhD in sociology and education with a major in higher education studies from the University of Cape Town. Langa has been a NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow since 2018.

Patricia MwilaPatricia Mwila
University of Zambia, Zambia
Patricia Mwila is the initiator and manager of the International Link and Liaison Office at the University of Zambia, a position held since 2014. She also serves as communications officer for the African Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals, as well as coordinator of the Secretariat Team of the Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges. Mwila has more than 15 years of work experience at the University of Zambia with various portfolios. She worked in the Training and Development Unit from 2009-2013 and as executive assistant to the vice chancellor from 2013-2014. Mwila holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Zambia and undertook research entitled “Effectiveness of the national gender policy in ensuring women’s participation in decision making among tertiary learning institutions in Zambia.” She also copublished a monograph on community engagements of the University of Zambia. Mwila is a NAFSA 2018-2019 Global Dialogue Fellow.


Peyi Soyinka-AirewelePeyi Soyinka-Airewele
Ithaca College
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele is professor of African and comparative/international politics at Ithaca College, New York and visiting professor at Covenant University, Nigeria. In 2008, she was elected to serve as the first female president of the Association of Third World Studies Inc. and co-vice chairperson of the Ithaca City of Asylum (2007-8). Peyi was the founder of the Alliance for Community Transformation, ACT Africa and director of the Partnership of the Academy and Community (PACT-OAU). She was elected as director of research (2010-12) and president (2012-14) of the African Studies and Research Forum (ASRF) and is currently co-president of the African Women’s Initiative, USA. Peyi was a fellow of the Global Security and Cooperation Program of the Social Science Research Council, the Oxford Round Table, United Kingdom and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. She is currently an ambassador for the Stephen's Children's Home, a center that nurtures, heals and educates hundreds of children orphaned and displaced by Boko Haram terrorism.

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