Promoting comparative  work  for comparative understanding”

In alphabetical order

Dr. Jasper Ayelazuno

Jasper holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, Canada. His dissertation interrogated the neo-liberal policies of Ghana from a critical political economy perspective, looking specifically at the ways in which these policies have been (and still are) inherently contradictory with the social protection of the Ghanaian subalterns. His  critical approach to knowledge is rooted in Gramscian and Marxian perspectives to understand policies of development and underdevelopment in Africa. He is interested in a comparative socio-historical understanding of political institutions and their relationship with political attitudes, agency and resistance of the  subaltern classes, elections and conflict management in Africa.

Tecle Hagos Bahta

Tecle Hagos Bahta is an assistant professor of law at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He teaches administrative contracts law (public procurement law), investment arbitration, construction law and international business transactions. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed referred journals and presented papers at various national and international conferences. He is interested in comparative public procurement laws in Africa.E-mail:

Dr. Rekha A. Kumar

Dr. Rekha A. Kumar is a professor of law at the University of Botswana.

James Ochuka

James holds a BA Degree in Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya. He will be completing his Master of Laws (LLM) – Public Procurement Law & Policy in September 2012 and will commence his Doctoral Studies in Public Procurement Law at the end of 2012 as an external candidate at Utrecht University School of Law in the Netherlands.

James is a procurement expert with over 7 years experience, specializing in delivery of transactional and procurement advisory services including procurement training to public and private sector clients.  He has extensive experience working under various donor guidelines like USAID, MCC, Danida, DfID, The World Bank, EC Directives and the Kenya and Rwanda public procurement laws. Currently, James is employed by John Snow Inc. under the Supply Chain Management Project ( ) seconded as the Procurement Advisor providing on-going procurement support to the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC)/Medical Procurement and Production Department (MPPD) from the planning to the procurement of health commodities managed through the tender mechanism.

Raymond E. Zvavanyange

Raymond is a Zimbabwean citizen with a 2007 Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Africa University ( in Zimbabwe. He is a learner and a critic, mainly interested in sustainable agriculture, ruminant nutrition and agricultural extension. His published work  includes: contributions to a concise dictionary of dairy terms (2010),  fundamentals of agricultural extension (2010), evaluation of meat quality (2010), how to set up a feed mill (2009),  a training  guide for practical animal husbandry (2007), and knowledge of the common goat and sheep diseases (2007). In addition to English, Raymond speaks Shona, Portuguese and is learning Chinese.