Advisory Board


The purpose of the advisory board is to provide advice on strategic questions to the governing bodies of the GPN (International Steering Committee and Board of Directors).

The advisory board will meet once a year (predominantly online) to get a report from the Executive Director on the activities of the GPN and give feedback on its performance and objectives.

Below are members of the advisory board.

  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg
  • Research focus: political economy, geopolitics, political ecology (resource extraction, energy, water and climate change), social mobilisation, urbanisation, state-society relations and public policy

  • Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Research focus: Theory and method; embodiment and commodification; ritual and religion; medicine; politics and ideology; crime and forensics; colonialism; Southern Africa

Ndongo Samba Sylla

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s West Africa Office, Senegal

  • Professor of Economics, and Founding Director, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA) at Ashoka University, India
  • She has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, with a focus on caste and gender in India

  • Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bayreuth in Germany
  • He is a leading decolonial theorist with over a hundred publications in the fields of African history, African politics, African development and decolonial theory

Dr. Christa Wichterich

University lecturer, freelance author and scholar-activist

  • Dr. Wichterich works as a university lecturer, freelance author and scholar-activist
  • Research focus: globalization and development political economy and women’s work, women’s movements and international women’s policies, ecology and socio-ecological transformation