Robtel Neajai Pailey, MSc, PhD
Ibrahim Leadership Fellow, African Development Bank
Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author with over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America. She has previously worked with regional and multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media institutions and universities. Her core areas of research expertise include development, migration, citizenship, diasporas, transnationalism, conflict, post-war recovery, governance, and the political economy of aid, trade and remittances. Robtel is the author of Gbagba, an anti-corruption children’s book published by One Moore Book in 2013 to critical acclaim and subsequently placed on the list of supplemental readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia and Primary 3 in Ghana. Her writing and scholarship have also appeared in academic journals, edited book volumes, newspapers and magazines. Robtel holds BA degrees in African Studies and English Literature from Howard University, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.