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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 Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 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 a number of book chapters. 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