Giovanni Poggi is a lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies at Nelson Mandela University. His first degree was International Studies (Stellenbosch University). He then migrated research interests as a postgraduate toward philosophy, ideology, comparative politics, democracy and political economy. His MA dissertation, housed at Nelson Mandela University, contributed to the growing bank of knowledge on resource-related conflict and democratic consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa. His current research efforts are centred on comparative regime studies and the lessening of political and socio-economic exclusion on the African continent. Working toward his PhD, he is presently researching models of developmental political economy for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. He has taught African politics, comparative politics, ideology and political philosophy for the best part of 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys facilitating at the Masifunde Learner NPO programme in Walmer Township; organising events and seminars for his department; and engagement activities that connect the local community more closely to Mandela University.