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Dr Stuart Doran—Executive Director

Stuart Doran is a historian and Africa specialist with high-level experience as a political analyst, consultant and investigator. He is the author of Kingdom, Power, Glory: Mugabe, ZANU and the Quest for Supremacy, 1960-1987, which documented the Matabeleland massacres of 1983–4 and other acts of state-sponsored violence during Zimbabwe’s early post-independence period. Kingdom, Power, Glory was shortlisted for South Africa’s leading literary prize, the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.

Educated in Zimbabwe and Australia, Stuart worked for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an official historian and policy officer, before returning to southern Africa in 2008. He served as an advisor to Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), working with party president Morgan Tsvangirai (2008–9) and treasurer Roy Bennett (2008–14). He has also consulted on matters related to regional politics, investment and development, and investigated illicit financial flows in Africa and the former Soviet Union. He has written for, or been quoted by, the Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Agence France-Presse, BBC, ABC, Daily Maverick and others.

Dr Terence McNamee—Director (Strategy) and Head, Africa Office

Terence McNamee is a specialist in development, governance and security issues. He is a Global Fellow of the US’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (the Wilson Center).  Recently he has worked for a range of international clients including the African Development Bank, DT Global (Spain), AUDA/NEPAD. Government of Canada, KFW/DEG (Germany), United Arab Emirates.

Educated in his native Canada and the UK, he earned a PhD on South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme from the London School of Economics, then worked for eight years at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. He moved to Johannesburg in 2010, where he was the Deputy Director of the Brenthurst Foundation until the end of 2017 and a consultant for Mary Oppenheimer Daughters, one of Africa’s leading business families. 

In 2006, Terence was a visiting expert to the Prism Group, ISAF IX based in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Delegate on the Government of Denmark’s Africa Commission. He is published in Foreign Policy, The New York Times and The Financial Times, and has been an editor and co-editor of numerous monographs and books. In 2013, he served as an advisor in Malawi to then President Joyce Banda. He was Head of Mission for an international election observation mission for Lesotho’s national elections in 2017. He is also writer and historian of the acclaimed photographic history of the twentieth century, CENTURY (Phaidon Press, 1999, edited by Bruce Bernard), which won the British Book Awards in 2000. More recently, he was co-Editor of Africans Investing in Africa (Palgrave, 2015) and The State of Peacebuilding in Africa (Palgrave, 2020).

Mr Michael Clayton—Director (Legal)

Michael Clayton is a lawyer with experience in international refugee and human rights issues. He has worked for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in a range of international roles during the last fifteen years. His postings and deployments included Oceania, South East Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and UNHCR headquarters. He has also worked in private legal practice and served as a senior policy lawyer with the Law Council of Australia. Currently, he is based in Pakistan, where he is engaged on issues relating to verification of identity and provision of legal documentation for Afghan refugees in that country.

Dr Alastair McKenzie—Director (Administration)

Alastair McKenzie is a former officer of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who served in China, the Philippines and South Africa over the course of a 24 year career in government.

An experienced project and program manager, Alastair studied at the Australian National University and later completed a PhD in political history at the University of Zimbabwe. He is a former director of Mundango Abroad, a private ancillary fund supporting Australian non-government organisations working overseas.

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