Eloïse Bertrand, Lead Consultant
Eloïse is a PhD candidate in politics and international studies at the University of Warwick working on political opposition in hybrid regimes, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has worked extensively in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Togo and Mali) for Search for Common Ground and Y Care International, primarily on initiatives to promote peace-building, justice and youth engagement. She is fluent in French and English and has been published in Africa in Fact Magazine, African Arguments, L'Afrique des Idées, and the East African on democratic movements and party politics in Burkina Faso and Uganda. Eloïse is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and travels regularly to East and West Africa.
Jamie Hitchen, Senior Adviser
Jamie is a researcher at the Africa Research Institute. He holds an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has worked in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Nigeria for Transparency International, VSO and Refugee Law Project on initiatives to tackle corruption, poor post-conflict governance, urban underdevelopment and on supporting youth engagement. Jamie wrote extensive commentary on the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and was selected as an expert panelist for a discussion hosted by the Guardian newspaper. He also co-authored an article for the a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights Practice in 2013. Jamie is based in London.