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Collected in our link collection A Guide to Africa ...
Reference source on national liberation in Southern Africa and the role of the Nordic countries. By NAI.
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Iina Soiri is director of NAI since 1 March, 2013. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland as a senior advisor on development policy and served in the Embassy of Finland in Dar es Salaam as senior expert on governance 2006-2010. Iina has spent 20 years on the African continent as an activist, diplomat, consultant and researcher working for both civil society organizations and public sector. She has a special experience working with women in post conflict countries like Angola, Mozambique and Namibia and a special interest for local governance and democracy. Iina Soiri has a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She speaks fluent Finnish, English, Swedish and Portuguese.
Pekka Peltola, Doctor of Social Sciences
Pekka Peltola has worked in several professions: beginning as news reporter in the Finnish Broadcasting Company and covering the Biafra War for TV and radio in the late 1960´s. He has worked in establishing trade union solidarity work in Finland, which began with a project to help exiled Namibians to build up cadres for trade union work in an independent Namibia, which realized in 1990. SAK helped National Union of Namibian Workers to build a labour school in Kwanza Sul, Angola as a training center. In 1991 he got a scholarship from the Finnish Academy for a doctoral thesis which analysed the role of the Namibian workers in the liberation struggle. In 1995 The Lost May Day was published jointly by Finnish Anthropological Society and NAI, which had helped in planning the research. This led to closer cooperation with NAI, and together with Iina Soiri Peltola wrote the study called Finland and National Liberation of Southern Africa, which was published by NAI in 1999. After retiring from the ministry as a Councellor Peltola joined again the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Henning Melber, Director emeritus and Extraordinary Professor
Senior Research Associate at NAI
Henning Melber studied Political Sciences and Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin (1972-1977). He obtained a PhD in Political Sciences in 1980 and a Habilitation (venia legend: Development Studies) in 1992 at the University of Bremen. He was Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kassel (1982-1992), Director of The Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek (1992-2000), Research Director at The Nordic Africa Institute (2000-2006) and Executive Director of The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (2006-2012), and then remained employed as a Senior Advisor.
Language skills: German, English, Afrikaans