Professors Without Borders Think Tank

Leadership

Dr. Caroline Varin

CEO and Co-founder of Prowibo

Caroline holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an LLM in International Law from the Universita di Bologna, Italy and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a lecturer, a mentor and a tutor in Europe, the UK, the United States and in Central America. Caroline is passionate about education and finding new ways to stimulate and encourage students.

In addition to pursuing her dreams of making education more accessible to all, Caroline has experience managing projects, organizing conferences and developing communication strategies for a variety of clients and sectors in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She has also written a number of articles on international security issues and education and has published five books

Prof. Sven Botha

Think Tank Director & Journal Editor of Higher Education Compass

Sven Botha is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior appointments include Internationalisation Liaison in the Office of the Executive Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations both at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa Sven holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political and International Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Monash University, a BA Honours (Politics and International Relations, Cum Laude) and a Master of Arts (Politics, Cum Laude), both from the University of Johannesburg. Sven is a member of the South African Institute of International Affairs and the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS). Sven is a past National Council Member of SAAPS and past Chairperson of the SAAPS Research Committee on Early-Career Research (2019-2021). In November 2022, Sven was appointed the Director of the Professors Without Boarders Think Tank.

Sven has worked and published on the following areas: terrorism, counter-terrorism, gender, foreign policy, diplomacy, Africa-Nordic Relations, pedagogy, and early-career development. His work promotes internationalisation and equal access to education for all.

Management

Daniel Ekup-Nse

Events and communications Coordinator

Daniel Ekup-Nse is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar who is completing his Masters in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. He holds a BA Hon. in Political Sciences from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as a BA Hon. in Education and History from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His primary research areas are Protest, Patriotism, 4IR, Constructive Decoloniality, Pan-Africanism, African Philosophy of History, and Educational Self-efficacy. He has a wealth of experience in new media management, corporate stakeholder engagement, audio-visual productions, programme design and management. He believes in Education aimed at empowering individuals to maximise their potential towards improving our shared world, humanity, and ecosystem.

Mancha Johannes Sekgololo

Lead editor: Higher Education Policy Fellowship Programme & Conference Assistant

Mancha Johannes Sekgololo is a highly motivated and accomplished doctoral student in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg. His early experiences instilled a deep passion for advancing knowledge and social justice. He completed his International Relations undergraduate studies at the University of South Africa in 2018. He then pursued a BA Honours (2019) and a Master’s degree (2020-2021) in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg. His doctoral research focuses on the interplay between technology and politics. Other interests include education advancement, international political economy, political risk analysis and African democratic processes. He is also a Lead Editor for the Department of Politics and International Relations’ Political Animal newsletter, which is published biannually. His commitment to excellence and passion for social justice has led him to accept a volunteer position with PROWIBO as a Conference Assistant.

In this role, he will be responsible for helping to organise the Prowibo conference titled “Teaching in Complex and Disaster Environments (pandemics, climate disasters, and war zones)” and ensuring its smooth operation. His expertise in editing and supervision will also be invaluable in ensuring the quality of the conference materials. He is a highly accomplished and dedicated individual. His commitment to advancing knowledge and social justice makes him an invaluable asset to any organisation he works with.

Editorial Board for Higher Education Compass

Montana Cantagalli

Associate Editor

Montana has a BSc in Psychology from Regent’s University and a MSc in War & Psychiatry from King’s College London, where she graduated with Distinction.

She has been working in the NGO and non-profit sector since finishing her studies, also spending a considerable amount of time volunteering.  Her areas of expertise lie in: mental health and psycho-social support and women’s peace and security. She is passionate about building a career in the peacebuilding and humanitarian sector.

Clementine de Cabissole

Associate Editor

Clémentine graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with a MA in Psychology and holds a
BSc in Psychology and Criminology, and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Monash University.
Currently, she is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and sits on the committee for
the PSI’s Early Graduate Group which strives to support psychology graduates. As a dual citizen of
South Africa and France, she relocated to Ireland in 2021 and currently works in France.


Clémentine has previously worked as an academic tutor, supporting students both at a secondary
and tertiary level and has worked with students from all walks of life. A lifelong student herself, her
research interests lie mainly within social and developmental psychology, having developed an
interest in neurodiversity and interpersonal relationships, and their impact on various
developmental and educational outcomes.

Caitlin Homstad

Associate Editor

Caitlin supports Prowibo as an Associate Editor, working on the editorial team of Higher Education Compass. Originally from the United States, Caitlin calls many places home. She holds a BA (with honors) in Psychology and Health Studies from Bryn Mawr College in the United States and a MSc. in International Development and Management at Lund University in Sweden. 

While at Lund University, she held student representative positions on the Africa Strategy Group and South Africa Sweden University Forum. These experiences sparked an interest in South Africa Sweden relations as well as knowledge diplomacy within the international higher education, research and innovation sphere. Overall, she is excited to work alongside this intercultural team to take new initiatives such as the academic journal forward.

Think Tank Interns

Joseph Skousen

Intern

Joseph is finishing his Master’s Degree in International Relations at Richmond American University London, and will be completing his dissertation over the summer. His previous background is in the arts, with his undergraduate degree in acting. Joseph has been a teacher and tutor for years, and is excited to work with Prowibo. He has experience in social media and marketing, as well as event planning. His areas of interest are diplomacy, terrorism/counter-terrorism, and human rights.

suhaimah Suliman

Intern

Suhaimah is currently an undergraduate student studying BA International Relations and Politics and History at the University of Johannesburg. It has always been her ambition to research and work on political and human rights issues and play a key role in discussions and negotiating for democracy. Her undergraduate degree persuaded her to continue her studies in the humanities field through postgraduate level. Suhaimah’s experience in the past few years in the humanities field allowed her to participate in various conferences, and panel discussions with well-known guest speakers, which opened her eyes to the wonders of International Relations.

Her involvement as a member of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) under the Youth@SAIIA, Youth Policy Committee network deals with combatting issues faced by young people and the rights of all individuals through policies framework. Her internship at Prowibo involves work in the Operations Team as well as Prowibo’s Think Tank team. Her dedication towards creating a platform of diversity and contest against prejudices occurring today in the world highlights her desired line of work in the field of humanitarian work.