Our journey and destination
Our commitment to Africa is your passage to opportunity. IOA was established in South Africa in 2007 with the goal of becoming the definitive source of expert research and analysis on Africa, in Africa.
Along our journey, our mission has been to contribute in as many ways as possible to the continuing rise of Africa, to play a key role in the African renaissance, and to see Africa’s people unite and share in the riches of their land.
Our envisioned destination is to see the African continent overflowing with opportunity for its people and as a hub for innovation and development across all sectors.
Who we are
Over 300 diverse and expert analysts, academics, researchers, social scientists, strategists, statisticians and editors share their tremendous passion for all things African to make up our team.
Our team, coupled with our wealth of knowledge on and experience in Africa-related research and analysis distinguish us as thought leaders in Africa-focused intelligence.
With headquarters in South Africa and consultants spread across the African continent and abroad, IOA combines in-country presence and expertise with a holistic understanding of our local and international clientele, making IOA your definitive strategic partner in Africa.
We enable Private, Public, Donor and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) entities to make informed and calculated decisions in and on Africa through superior insight into the continent’s political, economic, financial and social affairs.
Key team and consultants
Jonathan Mundell, CEO
Jonathan Mundell co-founded CAI in 2007 and is primarily responsible for overseeing the functioning of IOA as a whole, working closely with each project team and communicating with clients. Jonathan holds MA and BA degrees in Research Psychology (all cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and has been involved in Africa-focused research (quantitative and qualitative) and consultancy over the past decade. Jonathan has overseen large-scale research projects for clients such as Caterpillar, Cummins, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, G4S, Interbrand, and various governments and embassies.
Prof Abdi Ghedi
Professor Ghedi is a Dean of Economics at several universities in Somalia and Europe (Sweden and Italy). As economist at the Somalia Ministry of Finance in Mogadishu, he participates in several international development cooperation projects with the EU, World Bank and IMF. He has years of experience in international development and environmental governance with UN agencies and other higher education institutions.
Dr Abdul Elgoni
Dr Abdul-Karim Gibril Elgoni has more than fifteen years’ experience in the private and public sector, working in health project development, implementation and management focusing on monitoring, evaluation and support. He has worked with various stakeholders in the SADC region and UN agencies and NGOs and established the Elgoni Charitable Organisation in Western Sudan in 2002.
Prof Adam Choppin
Prof Adam Choppin is an analyst of international (non-US) investment strategies at FIS Group, where he is the primary lead for emerging and frontier markets. In 2008, he founded Fronteira Global, focused on opportunities in Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has worked as a trade affairs liaison in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Mozambique.
Dr Annamarie Bindenagel Šehović
Dr Annamarie Bindenagel Šehović is a political scientist and governance analyst specialising in global public health, responsibility and accountability in global governance in South Africa and Germany. Currently she collaborates with the University of Erfurt and the Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalism at the University of Warwick, UK.
Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Management and Transformation. During her IOA internship in 2012, she published several papers pertaining to key issues concerning gender, conflict and terrorism on the African continent. Catherine’s research interests include masculinity and sexual violence, the cycle of violence during armed conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction, and humanitarianism, which stems from her passion for volunteering.
Chofor Che Christian Aimé
Chofor Che Christian Aimé is a civil servant and co-founder of the Central African Centre for Libertarian Thought and Action. He has published on constitutionalism and was a panelist at the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, Morocco.Chofor has worked with the Washington D.C-based Cato Institute, the State Chancellery of Bern, Switzerland and International IDEA, Netherlands.
Christophe Bezou was a trade diplomat at the French Embassy’s Economic and Trade Department in South Africa for 7 years. His missions included conducting customised market studies on several industry sectors, analysing business opportunities and prospecting on commercial partnerships. Since leaving the French Embassy, he has been consulting independently to companies on international trade related topics, specifically focused on the African region.
Claire Furphy has been a researcher and writer at IOA since 2010. She has managed several research units, overseen content management and web survey creation. Claire holds an MA degree in Psychology from Stellenbosch University. In her current role as Web Publications Manager Claire has overseen the production of numerous analytical papers and mentored scores of research assistants.
Coen van Wyk
Coen van Wyk draws on extensive experience of Africa as a diplomat and traveller of over more than three decades. He is a freelance consultant and writer, based in South Africa and specialising in governance, conflict and development. He has written for IOA’s ACM report, amongst other publications. Coen has lectured for peacekeeping training programs at SADC military colleges.
Dan Kaiser is a business development professional with international experience covering a wide range of markets and industries. He routinely manages relationships with key stakeholders, customers and contractors to ensure delivery of services in West Africa. He has worked extensively in development of trade, business and humanitarian missions between the United States and Iraq, where he maintains relations with business leaders and the regional government in Irbil.
Dominique Gilbert has been involved with IOA since July 2011, primarily as an independent senior analyst for an ongoing project focusing on nuclear counter-proliferation. Dominique is a world class researcher and political analyst/consultant, whose background in South Africa’s main media groups in the 80s and 90s includes Chief Reporter of Business Day and Southern African Foreign Correspondent of Agence France-Presse.
Dr Fritz Nganje
Dr Fritz Nganje is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the South African Research Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to this he was a researcher in the Africa Programme of the Pretoria-based Institute for Global Dialogue. His research interest is in the areas of the diplomacy of subnational governments, decentralised cooperation, South Africa’s foreign policy and diplomacy in Africa, peace building in Africa, and South-South cooperation.
Game Dibeela is a freelance International Development consultant, she has done work for UNDP, UNAIDS, German Development Cooperation (GiZ), Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) and Electoral Commissions Forum for SADC Countries (ECF-SADC). She has participated in African Union, Carter Center, SADC Secretariat and ECF-SADC Electoral Observation missions on various capacities.
Graham Lee is the director of an East Africa-based research and advisory organisation, Agathon International. Prior to establishing Agathon in 2012, Graham worked, wrote and researched extensively on the relationship between international actors and developing-world communities in Europe, Africa and Asia. Graham has extensive project management experienceand expertise in coordinating qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and report-writing.
Prof Israel Kodiaga
Prof Israel Kodiaga is the Head of IOA East Africa and also serves as the Director of Programmes, Research and Strategic Development at The African Centre for International Studies. He has over 15 years experience in delivering stimulating, insightful and thought provoking presentations on North-South relationships, BRICS among others. He remains a very regular face and voice through various African media, primarily commenting on incisive political discourses.
James Hall, Founding Editor of the Africa Conflict Monitor (ACM) and critically acclaimed author, columnist and filmmaker, pioneered insider coverage and analysis of Africa, in Africa, with six books and thousands of articles and news stories for publications worldwide. Described by TIME magazine as a "Chicago-born Swazi" and by Reuters as "a seasoned African observer," Hall has garnered numerous journalism, filmmaking and photography awards.
Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk
Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria) has conducted consultancies for the World Bank and UNESCO. Her publications and research experience focus on political leadership in Africa; nuclear diplomacy and energy; environmental politics; and international security.
Maxwell Ojelede has more than a decade of experience in investment banking, research, consulting, credit and corporate governance ratings, PR, media, oil & gas and FMCG. He is Principal Partner at Oldstone&Green and a partner at En-pact Solutions Limited. Maxwell is a country economist for Euromoney Country Risk (ECR) and In-Country Analyst for Euromonitor International London.
Ogi Williams, Senior Research Analyst
Ogi Williams, Senior Research Analyst is a researcher and analyst with market research experience covering most of the continent. He has worked on a large number of projects at IOA involving multiple markets and across various sectors, including primary and secondary research and analysis. His work has focused on aspects of the energy, banking and automotive sectors, amongst others. Ogi holds an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Psychology.
Would you like to join our team?
IOA is constantly on the lookout for new consultants, researchers, research assistants, analysts, interns, editors and African enthusiasts to join our team. Find out more about joining the IOA team here.