geciafrica GLOBAL EMERGENCY AND COUNTERTERRORISM INSTITUTE

TEAM

The GECI relies on an integrated and talented team of experts from various fields.

ADVISORY BOARD

 PROFILE

Professor Karin van Marle holds the degrees BLC LLB from the University of Pretoria and  LLM and LLD from the University of South Africa.

She worked as lecturer at UNISA, Department of Jurisprudence from 1997 to 1998 and was appointed in the Department of Legal History as senior lecturer in 1999. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and to Professor in 2004.

FOCUS AREAS

The main areas of her research fall into the field of law and the humanities scholarship with an emphasis on critical legal theory, feminist theory and law and literature. Her work engages the social and political context in South Africa and the continued struggle to transform. She convenes the LLM in Law and Political Justice that is offered in collaboration with Birkbeck Law School, University of London. The core modules of the programme are Philosophy and history of human rights, Post-apartheid jurisprudence and Global perspectives on law, rights and development. She convenes the Research methodology modules on undergraduate and postgraduate level.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Prof van Marle serves on the Editorial Committee of Law and Critique and the International Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies. She  is advisor and research fellow at the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute.

     Karin van Marle (Prof)

Advisor

 

Contact Details

Tel. : +27 12 420 2393

Fax: +27 12 420 4524

email: karin.vanmarle@up.ac.za

 

 

 PROFILE

Danie Brand is a professor of law and currently the director of the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of Free State. He is also an advocate at the High Court of South Africa where he has served as an interim judge. He holds the degrees BLC  and  LLB from the University of Pretoria, LLM  from Emory university  and LLD from the University of Stellenbosch with focus on “Courts, socio-economic rights and transformative politics”.

He also worked as a researcher and project officer at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria from 1994 to 1996, and as senior researcher at the same institution  from  1997 to  1998. From 1999 until recently he worked at the Department of Public Law, Professor Brand is an associate member of the Pretoria Bar since  2013 and has been a practicing advocate , appearing in the Magistrates’ Court, High Court, Land Claims Court and Constitutional Court.

FOCUS AREAS

His main areas of interest are constitutional theory, with a particular focus on the relationship between law and poverty.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Professor Brand is a member of the International Socio-economic Rights project, the Society of Law Teachers of South Africa, and an associate member of the Pretoria Bar. He is advisor and research fellow at the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute.

 

 

 

 

Dani Brand (Prof)

 

 

Advisor

 

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +27 51 401 9832

email: BrandJD@ufs.ac.za

 

 

 PROFILE

 Peter Knoope initiated and headed the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague. Since August 2014 he lives and works from Pretoria, South Africa. He is connected to ICCT as an Associate Fellow.  Until mid 2009, he was Deputy Director of the Policy and Strategy Department of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (NCTb). The NCTb was established in 2005, following the terrorist attacks in Madrid of 11 March 2004 and the killing of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands, and is responsible for the development and coordination of the government wide counter-terrorism strategy in the Netherlands. He was involved in the development of the NCTb from its inception and was responsible for the coordination between the Dutch government’s national and international counter-terrorism policy.

Peter is a career diplomat who has inter alia been posted as Head of Mission to Afghanistan. Prior to this posting, he headed the Humanitarian Aid section at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for the Dutch response to foreign crisis situations. Before taking up his position at the Humanitarian Aid section, he was spokesperson for the Minister for Development Cooperation. He has also worked in development cooperation and research programmes in Tanzania, Cameroon and Senegal.

FOCUS AREAS

His main areas of interest are counterterrorism, migration, post-conflict reconciliation, security and policy design.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Peter  is connected to the University of Pretoria and he is a senior visiting fellow at the Clingendael institute. He is advisor and research fellow at the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute

 

 

 

 

Peter Knoope

 

 

Advisor

 

 

Contact Details

email: pknoope@clingendael.nl

 

 

INTERN

 PROFILE

Madam Francine Mungongo holds a bachelor degree in advanced Nursing science from Sefako Makgatso University in South Africa. In addition to her academic background in the medical field, she  strives for a better African society, a society freed from violence, poverty, illiteracy, human rights abuses and authoritarianism.

Over the past few years, Francine has been dedicated to train herself and learn more about human security, leadership and governance issues.

     Mungongo Kasaku

 

Intern

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +27 745549181

email: mungongokasaku@gmail.com

 

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

 PROFILE

Madam Vickuy Kamdom has been trained in the area of accounting.  She provides the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute (GECI) with her financial and accounting expertises to contribute to the long term and sustainable financial viability  of the organisation.  Her skill is a precious asset needed by the organisation in achieving its vision and missions.

     Vickuy Blanche

 

  Kamdom

Director

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +27 612412102

email: vickkam10@yahoo.fr

 

 

 PROFILE

Gerard Emmanuel Kamdem Kamga is the founder and executive director of the Global emergency and Counterterrorism Institute. He holds an associate degree and a bachelor degree both in law and political science from the University of Dschang, a Maitrise in private fundamental  law from the University of Yaounde II, a master degree in multidisciplinary human rights and a doctoral degree with focus on 'emergency regimes in contemporary democracies' from the University of Pretoria. Gerard also works as  Researcher and Project Manager at the Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender at the University of Pretoria.

FOCUS AREAS

In addition to his rich and impressive multidisciplinary background, Gerard has over the years  developed a sound  expertise in various  fields including Policy Design, Project Management, Leadership, Governance, Terrorism, Security, gender analysis and related fields.  His  works revolve around the social and human conditions and question the existing global and regional systems of governance, policies, legal frameworks as well as their effects on the rule of law, human rights and social justice. By establishing the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute (GECI), Gerard initiated a project intending to shape a new approach to global emergencies and counterterrorism. The purpose is to work in a collaborative framework with a variety of national, regional and global stakeholders including governments, civil societies, organisations, communities and law enforcement agencies.

Gerard is a  facilitator and guest lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and  the Centre for Human Rights of  the University of Pretoria where he regularly conducts lectures and leads discussions on various topics including emergencies, violence, security,  organised crimes, human rights and related issues. He is  also examiner at the same university.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Gerard  is a Research Fellow at the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of  the Free State in Bloemfontein. He is also an admitted Sworn Translator and Commissioner of Oaths at the High Court of South Africa.

     Gerard Emmanuel

 

  Kamdem Kamga (LLD)

Founder, Executive Director

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +27 735213355

email: gerard.emmanuel@gmail.com

 

 

RESEARCH TEAM

 PROFILE

Amadou Bagayoko is a research fellow at the Global Emergency and Counterterrorism Institute (GECI). He holds a Bachelor degree in physics. Amadou has been reflecting on human security challenges in  a region that has been consistently subject to terrorism and violent extremism with negative impacts on development, human rights and the well being of people. He resides in Bamako, Mali, a country subject to attacks by extremists groups including Al-Qaeda. The insights he provides from the ground are crucial as they enhance our understanding of the security and emergency situations not only in Mali but across the entire West Africa.

 

     Amadou Bagayoko

 

  Research Fellow

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +223 72 14 36 73

email: baga4ml@gmail.com

 

 

 PROFILE

Isaac Shai holds a doctoral degree from the University of Pretoria with focus on 'radical transformation and the limits and limitations of law' from the University of Pretoria. Following the completion of his thesis in 2017, he worked as a part-time lecturer at the department of Jurisprudence of the University of Pretoria. Prior to this, he completed a bachelor degree from the University of Wits and a master degree in the field of international law and constitutional law from the University of South Africa. Since 2016, Isaac has been working as General Counsel (contractor) for the National Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa. Between 2007 and 2015 he worked in the same institution as the executive head of legal services where he was in charge of regulatory policies, drafting of legislation and managing litigation. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as the state law advisor for the office of the Premier, Gauteng Provincial Government. Since 2018, Isaac is also a postdoctoral  Fellow at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership (TMALI),  University of South Africa

FOCUS AREAS

Isaac intensively researches in the areas of critical legal theory,  post-colonial and de-colonial approaches to law, post-apartheid jurisprudence, international and constitutional law, human rights, policy-making and related fields.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Isaac is an admitted Advocate and member of the National Bar Council of South Africa (NBCSA) since 2014

 

     Isaac Shai (LLD)

  Research Fellow

 

Contact Details

Tel.: +223 082 495 9403

email: Advocateshai@gmail.com