Conference Team

Conference Chairs

Emmanuel Taiwo

Emmanuel is a Master of Public Policy candidate and an Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) scholar at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. Having worked in environmental consulting, sustainable development research, and clean energy policy advocacy for about 4 years, he brings rich competence to the Oxford Africa Conference.

A true Nigerian by birth, Emmanuel holds a first class bachelor’s from the University of Lagos, a Master’s with Distinction from the University of Greenwich, and exudes a rare passion for the African continent. He hopes to see a new Africa, where economic growth is ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive, leaving no African behind; an Africa that plays a more vibrant role not only in uplifting its people, but also in tackling collective global challenges.

Noxolo Ntaka

Noxolo is currently reading for an MSc African studies degree at Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, including an honours degree in Political studies.

Prior to starting her postgraduate degree at Oxford, Noxolo worked as an intern at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2016 she served as the Secretary General of the Students’ Representative Council at the University of Cape Town.

She is also an alumni of the 2016 South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) which afforded her the opportunity to intern at the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. in the office of Democrat congressman, Donald M. Payne, Jr. She has a particular interest in the study of Africa and it’s representation in academia as well as post-colonial theory and the study of violence.

Jeffrey Misomali

Jeffrey is an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine candidate from Malawi. An Environmental Science graduate of the University of Malawi, he spent his early career with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), supporting various African governments to strengthen public healthcare systems, towards achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care.

Prior to enrolling at Oxford, he was a Program Officer at the ELMA Philanthropies where he developed and managed grant investments to improve maternal and child health outcomes in Southern Africa.

His research interest is on understanding the utilization and scaling of evidence-based healthcare interventions and tools, and how this can influence healthcare policy and financing in resource limited settings. Jeffrey is an alum of the Global Health Corps and Aspen New Voices Fellowship Programs and his other interests are in entrepreneurship and agriculture in Africa.