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Board of Trustees

Joshua Nyoni (Chairperson) - Zimbabwean
An Agricultural Economist Consultant working in the areas of agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and organisational development in the Southern African region and elsewhere.


Doris Sikhosana (Vice Chairperson) South African
Director of the Community Internship Development Centre, an NGO based at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and a Board member of the Community Based Organisations Regional Network (CORN).



Kojo Amanor (Secretary) Ghanaian
An Associate Professor at the Institute of African Studies, of the University of Ghana. He has mainly published on land, agricultural, environmental and decentralisation issues in Ghana and Africa.

Themba Maluleke (Trustee) South African
A Regional Planning Consultant with Maluleke and Partners Consultancy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also the Chairman of the Portfolio of Directors in GIS Global Image.


Paris Yeros
Paris Yeros is Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of ABC, São Paulo. He is an editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. He has experience in International Political Economy with a focus on Africa; South-South relations; State and Development; Agrarian Issues and Social Movements. He has been a research associate at the African Institute of Agrarian Studies for many years and co-edited Reclaiming the Land (2005) and Reclaiming the Nation (2011) with the late Professor Sam Moyo.

Sam Moyo (Trustee) - Zimbabwean
Sam Moyo, was the Founding Executive Director and Trustee of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS), Harare, and immediate past President of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA, 2009–11). Professor Moyo passed away in November 2015 following a tragic road accident in New Delhi. Formerly Associate Professor of Agrarian Studies at the University of Zimbabwe and Director of Southern Africa Regional Institute for Policy Studies (SARIPS). He possessed a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in development studies and environmental management from Newcastle, England. He was also the Editor in Chief of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy (Sage India). He published widely in academic journals and is the author and editor of several books, including: The land question in Zimbabwe (SAPES, 1995), Land reform under structural adjustment in Zimbabwe (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2000), Reclaiming the land (Zed Books, 2005), African land questions, agrarian transitions and the state (Codesria 2008); Land and sustainable development in Africa (Zed Books, 2008), Reclaiming the nation (Pluto Press, 2011), and The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era (Pambazuka, 2011); Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe: Beyond White-Settler Capitalism (Dakar, CODESRIA, 2013.


Dzodzi Tsikata
Dzodzi Tsikata is President of CODESRIA, Director of the Institute for African Studies and Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA). She has experience in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; the politics of land tenure reform; agricultural commercialisation and agrarian change; and informal labour relations and the livelihoods effects of informalisation. She holds a PhD in Social Science form Leiden University.



Praveen Jha
Praveen Jha, a Professor of Economics is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CISLS), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  He has been a Visiting Fellow to a number of Universities and Institutions abroad including the University of Bremen, Germany, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, China, and International Labour Organisations, Geneva. He is also a Visiting Professor at many Universities abroad including University of Kassel, Germany and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He has been associated with several research studies with the UN institutions such as the ILO, the UNICEF, the UNDP, and the FAO etc. His major area of research and teaching is Political Economy of Development with focus on Indian Economy, Labour Economics, Agricultural Economics, Economics of Education, Public Finance and History of Economic Thought. He is co-editor of a tri-continental journal, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. 


Issa G. Shivji

Issa Shivji is Director of the Nyerere Resource Centre in Tanzania and Honorary Executive Director at SMAIAS. He is a leading expert on law and development issues in Africa. He has served as advocate of High Court and Court of Appeal of Tanzania since 1977 and advocate of the High Court of Zanzibar. He is a retired Professor of Law, who taught in universities all over the world including the Universities of Dar es Salaam, Zimbabwe and Warwick. He was one of the founding coordinators of CODESRIA and has worked with them since 1983 and held several positions over the years, such as Chair and Executive Committee member.