Welcome speech by Tim Allen, Head of the LSE Department of International Development


His Excellency Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory was unanimously elected as Vice-President of the Republic of Mauritius on 29 March 2016. Prior to the election, he was the High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius in South Africa with accreditation in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and the SADC. Prior to his political engagements, His Excellency pursued a successful career in education. His personal engagement revolves around the major challenges facing the present generation, including climate change, poverty, drug abuse, and alcohol addiction. Academic education should be complemented with creative outlets such as motivational workshops to develop character, acquire the scientific temper, connect to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values.


muhammadou kah

Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah is currently engaged by ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan as the Vice Rector For Technology & Innovations and Founding Dean For the School of Information Technology & Engineering (SITE).

Previously, Prof. Kah has served as the former Vice Chancellor and Professor of Information Technology & Communications at The University of The Gambia (2009-2015). Prof Kah was the Third President of The University of The Gambia and the first Gambian to be appointed to the post. He was also the Overseer/Principal of The Gambia Teachers College (The Teachers College of The Gambia). The President of The Gambia appointed Prof. Kah to serve as the Vice Chairman of the National Committee on Science, Technology & Innovation. At the successful completion of his tenure as The University of The Gambia’s 3rd President and the 1st Gambian to hold the position on March 28th, 2015, The President of the Republic of The Gambia appointed him to serve as the Chairman of the Governing Council of The University of The Gambia. Further, the President of The Republic of The Gambia also appointed him as The President's Special Advisor on Science, Technology & Innovation and as Special Advisor to the Minister for Basic and Secondary Education and Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

anas aremeyaw anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a world-famous yet anonymous Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist. His undercover investigations focus primarily on issues of human rights abuse (especially child abuses) and corruption, carried out in many countries, with a primary foucs on Sub Saharan Africa.

He aims to create "better life and providing equal opportunities for children and adults being abused to grow", whilst his corruption investigations "focus on Government employees and executives who instead of working for the people rather loot the national kitty and thus deprive citizens of essential amenities that would create a better standard of living for them."