CAS - Current and past faculty

Elísio Macamo (Chair of Programme Board) is Associate Professor of African Studies at the University of Basel. He works on the sociology of knowledge, technology, politics and risk. He is particularly interested in challenges of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary research.

Gareth Austin is Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research interests are in African, comparative and global economic history. Prior to his position in Cambridge, he was Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.

Susann Baller is currently a research fellow at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed her PhD on youth, sport and urban history in Senegal at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was a Senior Lecturer in African History at the University of Basel (2008-2014). Her current research focuses on the politics of state visits in the former French West Africa.

Manfred Max Bergman is Professor of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel and Fellow of the African Doctoral Academy and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, South Africa. His current research interests are international and comparative research on education to work transitions, sustainable development, and social determinants of health.

Carol Cosgrove-Sacks is an international economist specializing in trade development strategies and negotiations. She works as a freelance consultant and is currently a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. From 1994-2005 she was Director of Trade in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Ariane Curdy is a management training and organizational development consultant. She specializes in working across cultures and, since 2001, operates from her consultancy Ctrl Culture Relations based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her clients include international corporations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

Walter Dettling is Professor for e-Business and Business Mathematics at the University of Applied Sciences North Western Switzerland (FHNW). His research focuses on Mobile business for Developing countries (M4D). He supported different projects on the economic impact of mobile communication for people at the bottom of the income pyramid in Africa.

Ulf Engel is Professor of African Politics at the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany. He has published widely on Africa's international relations and is an advisor amongst others to the African Union and to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Michelle Engeler is a postdoctoral researcher in the SNSF project Construire son Avenir at the Center for African Studies Basel and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel. Her research is focused on youth, migration and political transformation processes in West Africa.

Olivier Girardin is an expert for agricultural systems. He is currently Director of the Fondation Rurale Interjurassienne and Chair of the Fédération Intejurassienne de Coopération et de Développement. He did his PhD at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and was a post doctoral fellow at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria. From 1998 to 2004, he was Director of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d'Ivoire.

Laurent Goetschel is Director of the Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace) and Professor of political science at the Europa Institute, University of Basel. His main research interests are in foreign policy analysis and peace and conflict studies.

Tobias Haller is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland, and teaches economic and ecological anthropology. His research is focused on resource management, sustainable development, environment and human rights, and protected areas.

Patrick Harries ( † 2. Juni 2016) was Professor of African history at the Department of History, University of Basel. His research interests included the history of work in Southern Africa, and the history of knowledge systems. Patrick Harries was a fellow and visiting professor at various universities in the US, UK, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland.

Christian Hauser is Professor of Business Economics and International Management at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Chur. His research interests include business integrity, international entrepreneurship, SME and private sector development. He is a member of the Anti-Corruption Working Group of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative.

Andreas Heuser is Professor for non-European Christianity with a focus on Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Basel. Before joining the University of Basel in 2012 he was lecturer for Systematic Theology and Missionary Studies at Tumaini University Makumira in Tanzania.

Mohomodou Houssouba is an author and literary scholar. He has taught literary studies, applied linguistics and intercultural mediation in the US, Switzerland and Mali. Although he lives in Basel today he is heavily involved in Malian intellectual life.

Paul Jenkins was the archivist of the Basel Mission and a lecturer in African History at the Department of History, University of Basel. Previously, he taught at the University of Ghana. His research focuses on the role of missionary reports and visual sources in historiography. Since his retirement in 2003, he is engaged in promoting research contacts in Southern India.

Lucy Koechlin is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. She teaches a wide range of courses in development studies, and is a leading expert on public governance and accountability systems. Until 2009, she was Head of Public Accountability at the Basel Institute on Governance.

Ruedi Küng is a journalist, consultant, facilitator and Africa expert at InfoAfrica. Until 2010 he was correspondent in Africa of the German-language Swiss public radio. Previously he worked as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross in various African countries.

Dominik Langenbacher was the Swiss Ambassador Extraordinary to Somalia until his retirment in 2016. Previously he was Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and South Sudan, Swiss Representative to the African Union, UN-coordinator in Somalia, and Ambassador in Côte d‘Ivoire.



Farai Maguwu is the founding Director of the Center for Natural Resource Governance in eastern Zimbabwe. He has done extensive research and documentation on human rights abuses and illicit trade in diamonds and is a political analyst on democratization in Zimbabwe. In 2011 he won the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

Daniel Mäusezahl is Senior Scientist and Group leader 'Household Health Systems' at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). He has also been a Senior Health Advisor at the Swiss Agency for Development and Coopera-tion (SDC).

Yvan Maillard Ardenti is consultant in corruption prevention and sustainable management at evolutio.conseil and guest lecturer at several schools of business administration and universities. He is also a Board Member of Transparency International Switzerland. Moreover, he works as Programme Officer "Business and Human Rights" at Bread for All.

Jean-Pierre Méan is a lawyer and of Counsel at MCE Legal. A renowned anti-corruption expert, he is the former President of Transparency International, Switzerland. His previous positions also include General Counsel of Landis & Gyr, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SGS, and Chief Compliance Officer of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction in London.

Peter Odermatt is Associate Professor for epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel. He develops and evaluates public health interventions and teaches graduate, PhD and professional postgraduate courses.

Pascal Schmid (Programme Coordinator) is a scientific collaborator in the executive office of the Centre for African Studies Basel. Previously he was a research assistant at the Department of History of the University of Basel. He completed his PhD on the development of medical practice in rural Ghana.

Thomas Seghezzi is Managing Partner at Rainbow Unlimited, a business consultancy focusing on Africa and responsible for the operational management of the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC). He has gathered more than 20 years of professional experience in private business, NGOs and Government, both abroad and in Switzerland.

Fiona Siegenthaler is a Senior Lecturer and post-doc researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. She teaches on African art, art and the city, visual studies, ritual and performance theory. She completed her PhD on "Imageries of Johannesburg. Visual Arts and Spatial Practices in a Transforming City" in 2011.

Thorsten Vogl is a legal advisor specialised in international economic law and arbitral jurisdiction. He is a board member of Swisscham-Africa, the Swiss African Chamber of Commerce, as well as executive secretary of the Club OHADA Suisse. Previously he taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel.