Tunde Decker is Africa-Oxford (Af-Ox) Fellow, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He is interested in the thought and act processes of the underclass in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa in the colonial and post-colonial periods. He is currently Ag. Head of Department, History and International Studies, Osun State University, Nigeria where he is Senior Lecturer. He holds B.A. (Hons.), M.A. and Ph.D degrees in History of the University of Lagos and is Fellow of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies and Fellow of the Lagos Studies Association. He was 2016/2017 Leventis Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and has held travel grants of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is author of Matrix of Inherited Identity: A Historical Exploration of the Underdog Phenomenon in Nigeria’s Relationship Strategies 1960-2011, A History of Aviation in Nigeria 1925-2005; and co-editor of For Nature and for People: The Story of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation since 1980.
Professor David Everatt, Head of the Wits School of Governance, has over 25 years of experience in applied socio-economic and development research, political and governance reform, designing and implementing monitoring systems, and programme evaluation, across sub-Saharan Africa.
He is the former Executive Director of CASE, founding partner of Strategy & Tactics (winner of two Impumulelo Black Empowerment awards), and founding Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. David was responsible for path-breaking research into youth marginalisation in South Africa in the early 1990s; his research into political violence was quoted at length by Nelson Mandela at the UN; he was the chief evaluator of the South African Constitutional Assembly between 1995 and 1997; and has researched issues from poverty and inequality to urbanism to class formation and voting behaviour.
He was Vice-President (sub-Saharan Africa) for the 'Sociology of Youth' committee of the International Sociological Association for 14 years, and now sits on their Advisory Board, serves on the Board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, and chairs the National Statistics Council.