I work at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. My research and teaching interests range from post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building; higher education in post-war settings; social justice advocacy and activism; decolonisation of knowledge; to higher education internationalisation.

I've published peer-reviewed papers in African Security Review, Transformation in Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, Africa Insight, Journal for Development and Leadership, Commonwealth Youth and Development, and book chapters (here, here and here). I've presented my research at numerous international conferences. I've also successfully supervised over twenty Masters students since 2012.

I've written in The Conversation, Africa is a Country, Mail & Guardian, Daily Maverick, University World News, Pambazuka News, Sudan Tribune and other publications.

I've worked on post-war rebuilding and youth leadership development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002) and capacity building and leadership development in South Sudan (2009-2013).

Survivor of the Bosnian war, I'm the author of ‘Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia’ (AMACOM Books, 2008).

I hold a DPhil in Development Studies and MPhil in Conflict Transformation and Management (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and BA in History and Business Management (St. John's University, Minnesota, United States).


  • 2013–present
    Manager: Internationalisation at Home and Research, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


  • 2013 
    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, DPhil, Development Studies
  • 2009 
    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, MPhil, Conflict Transformation and Management
  • 2006 
    St. John's University, Minnesota, United States, BA, History, Business Management


  • 2018
    Decolonizing knowledge in South Africa: Dismantling the ‘pedagogy of big lies’, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. Vol. 40. No. 2.
  • 2018
    Disrupting coloniality: Student-led resistance to the oppressive status-quo in South Africa [with Awethu Fatyela and Thando Nkala], Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance. Routledge.
  • 2018
    Higher education in post-conflict settings, Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2017
    The role of higher education institutions in developing intercultural competence in peace-building in the aftermath of violent conflict [with Darla Deardorff], Intercultural competence in higher education: International approaches, assessment and application. Routledge.
  • 2017
    Global Citizenship vs Globally Competent Graduates: A Critical View From the South [with Nico Jooste], Journal of Studies in International Education. Vol. 21. No. 1.
  • 2017
    Higher education and its international dimensions in post-conflict settings, Chapter in The Globalization of internationalization: Emerging voices and perspectives. Routledge.
  • 2016
    Securitising Humanitarian Assistance and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: A Critical Review of South Africa’s New Defence Policy, African Security Review. Vol. 25. No. 1.
  • 2016
    Decolonisation of higher education: Dismantling epistemic violence and Eurocentrism in South Africa, Transformation in Higher Education. Vol. 1. No. 1.
  • 2015
    Higher Education in Post-Conflict Societies: Settings, Challenges and Priorities, Handbook Internationalisation of European Higher Education. Volume No. 1.
  • 2014
    Internally Driven Post-War Reconstruction and Development: The Case of Somaliland, Africa Insight. Vol. 44. No. 3.
  • 2013
    Building Leadership Capacity for Post-War Recovery: The Case of South Sudan, Journal for Development and Leadership. Vol. 2. No. 1.
  • 2009
    Teachers’ Experiences of Conflict and Violence in Township Schools: A Case Study of Walmer-Gqebera, South Africa [with Snodgrass, L], Commonwealth Youth and Development. Vol. 7. No. 2.
  • 2008
    Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia, Amacom Books, New York