The Nordic Africa Institute

Programme and Research Council

The NAI Programme and Research Council has the task of monitoring and advising its Director. Each Nordic country has two members on this Council – one from the research community and one from the foreign office and/or aid administration. Uppsala university library also has one member due to its close collaboration with the Institute.

Members of the Programme and Research Council


Representatives from Finland
Martti Eirola, Senior Advisor, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Substitute: Pekka Seppälä, Senior Adviser, Unit for General Policy Development, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Academic representative: Tiina Kontinen, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

Representatives from Iceland
Thordis Sigurdardottir, Director of Bilateral Development Cooperation
Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Substitute: Petúr Waldorff Skúlason, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Academic representative: Geir Gunnlaugsson, Professor, MD, Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics, University of Iceland

Representative from Norway
Academic representative: Ian Bryceson, Professor Emeritus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Representatives from Sweden
Karin Snellman, Africa Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Substitute: Erik Korsgren, Head of Unit, Guarantees and catalytical Financing for Development, Sida
Academic representative: Ilda Lindell, Assoc. Professor, Department for Human Geography, Stockholm University
Lars Burman, Head of Library, Uppsala University

Staff representatives
Camilla Leetmaa, Event and Communications Administrator
Shilpa Asokan, Senior Researcher

Secretary of the Council
Julia Falkerby