Our Team

Director

Sergio Carciotto

Sergio is the current Director of the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA). He holds an MA Degree in Refugee Rights and Migration Studies from the University of Rome and a MA Degree in Development Studies from the University of Western Cape in South Africa. With 10 years of professional experience in Africa and Europe, Sergio has gained broad practical and theoretical experience in management and coordination of developing and humanitarian projects through his work with NGOs and United Nations agencies. He has a expertise in the field of Development with a particular focus on migration and a good knowledge of the international legal frameworks for the protection of refugees.


Affiliated Fellow

Dr. Edmond Akwasi Agyeman

Edmond is a lecturer at the Centre for African Studies based at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Contemporary International Migration from the Institute for Studies on Migration, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, in 2011. Between 2012 and 2013, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI), Tohoku University, Japan.


Research Assistant

Sean Thulani Sithole

Born in Zimbabwe, Sean joined the exodus from Zimbabwe and entered South Africa as an economic migrant because of the economic meltdown in his home country. Sean is a Masters student in Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Economic History and English Literature in 2011, and in 2012 he got his Special Honours Degree in Economic History, both from the University of Zimbabwe. His research for the honours degree focused on the nature of Southern Rhodesia’s Immigration Policy during the Federal period, accordingly, he is passionate about migration issues, and his research interest for his Master's thesis will focus on the migration-food security nexus


Research Fellow

Aquilina Mawadza

Aquilina Mawadza is an academic and researcher. She has held lectureship and adjunct faculty positions at the University of the Western Cape, the University of Zimbabwe and Howard University. Aquilina holds a PhD degree in Media & Migration Studies and an M.A in Languages and Communication from the University of Florida. Aquilina worked as a Project Manager in the NGO and international development sector focusing on issues of media, migration, human rights and HIV/AIDS


Research Assistant

Mike Mavura

Mike Mavura is currently a PhD student at Rhodes University, South Africa where he has also lectured in Politics and International Relations. His doctorate research is entitled “Re-thinking International Relations in a transnational world: Contextualizing cross-border migration in Southern Africa.” Mike also writes a blog for the Mail and Guardian Thought-Leader website where he regularly writes opinion pieces on contemporary issues.