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Baniyelme D. Zoogah, PhD (The Ohio State University)
Xavier University
President, Africa Academy of Management

 Secretary (Morgan State University)Research Interest: His research is at the meso level which combines micro and macro issues related to development of individuals, groups, and organizations as they pertain to competencies, strategies, and resources respectively. His current research focuses on strategic followership, corporate environmental sustainability, and autochthonous management. In addition to publishing in, and reviewing for, several journals, he has also edited and authored several books including two on Strategic Followership.

Stella M. Nkomo,  PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Past President

Research Interests: diversity, difference, race and gender in organizations, management in Africa.

Dr. Moses Acquaah, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Vice President, AFAM

 Treasurer (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)Research Interests: Moses’ research interests include social capital and networking in emerging economies; competitive strategy in emerging economies; family business and entrepreneurship in emerging economies; management and strategic control in organizations; and transfer, diffusion, and management of innovation. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Business and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Eileen Kwesiga, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)
Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island
AFAM Executive Treasury

Program Chair (Bryant University)Research Interests: Eileen’s search interests include positive organizational behaviors, service social entrepreneurship, sustainability related research and service learning in higher education.

Benson Honig, PhD (Stanford University)
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
AFAM Board Member

 Liaison (McMaster University)Research Interests: Benson is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, studying entrepreneurship worldwide, his research includes business planning, nascent entrepreneurship, transnational entrepreneurship, ethics in scholarship, social entrepreneurship, social capital, and entrepreneurship in environments of transition.  He has published widely and serves on ten editorial boards, including the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, the Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Management Studies. Past chair of the Academy of Management Ethics Education Committee.

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Ed.D. (Bowling Green State University)
Concordia College, Offutt School of Business
AFAM Executive Secretary Chair

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri (Concordia College)Research Interests: She is interested in all things related to leadership in Africa/African leadership, including:  women’s leadership, spiritual leadership, and black women’s leadership experiences in various spaces. She is co-editor (with Nceku Nyathi) of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series. She was also co-editor for a Women and Leadership Book Series with Information Age Publishing, which culminated with 7 volumes.

Nceku Nyathi, PhD (University of Leicester, UK)
De Montfort University, UK
AFAM Executive Communications Chair

Research Interests: His research interests in management and organisation studies focus on sociological and historical analysis attempting to fill a gap, that there are knowledges that are invisible and silenced. I ask questions of organisation theory, leadership, ethics, diversity, race and management in Africa to reveal, recover and expose these different voices of knowledge to be made visible and enrich our knowledge of organisation and management studies. He is currently co-editor with (Faith Ngunjiri) of Palgrave Macmillan Africa Leadership Book Series and serves on editorial board of the international journal of Equality Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) and Africa Journal of Management (AJOM). 

Dorothy Mpabanga, PhD (University of Strathcyde, Scotland, UK)
University of Botswana, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Public sector management, HRM, diversity management, project management, NGO management, higher education management, ICT, governance, leadership, and democracy.

Judy N. Muthuri, PhD (University of Nottingham)
Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom
Membership Co-ordinator, Africa Academy of Management

Research Interests:  Judy’s research interests is in Business and Society covering a range of topics including stakeholder engagement, theorising corporate responsibility and sustainability, multi-stakeholder partnerships, sustainable supply chain, and social innovations for sustainable cities and communities, and education for sustainable development.  She has published in a number of referred journals including being an editor of four special journal issues.  She also coordinates the Africa Diaspora Academic Network in the UK.

Abeba Beyene Mengistu, PhD 
(Addis Ababa University)
Addis Ababa University, College of Business and Economics, School of Commerce
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests:  Abeba's research interests are include Work-Life Balance, Leadership, Other Organizational Behavior Topics, and Strategic Human Resources Management.

Elham Metwally, DBA (Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands) 
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Elham’s research interests include strategic management, organizational behaviour, human resources management, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership. She is a founding executive member of the Africa Academy of Management, co-chaired with (Nceku Nyathi) the AFAM 2016 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM).


Samuel Aryee, PhD (McMaster University), University of Surrey, UK
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Sam’s research interests include strategic human resource management, services management, organizational justice, work-family interface, and workplace safety. He is currently an associate editor of AJOM and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Amanuel Tekleab, PhD (University of Maryland, College Park)
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Prof. Tekleab's research interests include employment relationships (psychological contracts, LMX, POS, Trust), leadership, idiosyncratic (individualized) deals, teams and team process, justice, organizational change, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Managerial Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of other journals and reviews for several journals.

Article I - Name

THE NAME OF THE Group shall be “The Africa Academy of Management (AFAM)”.

Article II - Purpose

The Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) is a professional group whose members are bona fide members of The Academy of Management. The primary purpose is the development and improvement of member's capabilities for research and teaching of management in organizations in Africa. The secondary purpose is promotion of and advancing Management in Africa. AFAM provides an outlet for scholarly work on Management in African organizations.

Article III - Objectives

The objectives of The Africa Academy of Management are to:

  1. Foster the general advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa. Africa is defined broadly to include all of Africa and individuals of African descent in the Diaspora (i.e., The Carribean, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and North America).
  2. Perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within the African context.

Article IV - Membership

The basic requirements for membership in AFAM are:

  1. Candidates shall be interested in and engaged in the theory, philosophy and practice of management through teaching, research, publication or practice.
  2. Candidates shall be either:
    1. Professors, lecturers, researchers, and/or graduate students of business administration and/or management in a research organizations, colleges or universities, or
    2. Others who have made contributions to management practice or theory or who are directly interested in management.
  3. Subject to the criteria above, either of the following shall constitute admission to membership in AFAM:
    1. Registration for and attendance at AFAM meetings; or
    2. Payment of membership dues annually to AFAM.
  4. Membership in AFAM requires concurrent membership in the Academy of Management.
  5. Membership in AFAM is available to all individuals meeting above criteria regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, language and religious or political beliefs.

Article V - Structure

  1. Officers:
    • Elected officers of the Group which shall be known as the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Coordinators, Funding Coordinators, External Liaison Officers, and Membership Coordinators. The Immediate Past President will also be considered an officer. In order to facilitate continuity and order, the succession of leadership shall be as follows:
    • President who shall be elected shall:
      1. Chair the Executive Committee meetings.
      2. Be the Chief Executive Officer for the organization, and be fully informed of all activities occurring within the organization.
      3. Be responsible for conducting the organizations activities in a manner that will assure the accomplishment of the AFAM's objectives, subject to:
        1. The Constitution, Bylaws, and professional policies of the Academy of Management.
        2. The Bylaws of the AFAM
        3. The concurrence of the Executive Committee in matters of policy.
      4. Preside at all meetings of the organization, but may delegate this responsibility to the Secretary at his/her discretion.
      5. Present a report on the status and progress of the organization at its annual business meeting.
      6. Serve as Immediate Past President Chair and active member of the Executive Committee for one year following their term as organization’s President.
    • Secretary who shall be elected shall:
      1. Keep the minutes of all business meetings of AFAM and keep minutes of all Executive Committee and Annual AFAM meetings.
      2. Be responsible in maintaining a copy of AFAM's Program,
      3. Be responsible in maintaining a copy of AFAM's Program,
      4. Perform such other duties as may pertain to the office.
      5. Develop and maintain the web page of AFAM.
      6. Conduct surveys of AFAM members as needed.
    • Treasurer who shall be elected shall:
      1. The Treasurer shall be an administrative person who is responsible to keep the financial records of AFAM.
      2. She/he shall be responsible for the funds of AFAM, issuance of checks (along with the President, constituting two signatories) issue checks, keep complete and accurate books of accounts showing all receipts and disbursements, and develop a financial report at the Annual Meeting.
      3. Perform such other duties as may pertain to the office.
    • Program Coordinators who shall be elected shall:
      1. Act as Program Coordinators at the annual meeting of AFAM. In this capacity, the Program coordinator will have responsibility for designing and organizing the program aspects of the annual meeting. Attention should be given to professional development activities as well. This may consist of paper presentations and other relevant sessions that promote the objectives of interrogating, expanding and disseminating scholarship and research about management in Africa. In the developing the program, the coordinator(s) should work closely with the Academy of Management (where necessary) as well as seeking other possible collaborations.
      2. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or Executive Committee of the Africa Academy of Management.
      3. Coordinate activities through the Executive Committee
      4. Serve on the Executive Committee.
      5. Act as Program Chair at the annual meeting. In this capacity, the Program Chair shall receive all program submissions and prepare them for the blind review process in compliance with the Academy of Management Guidelines.
    • Funding Coordinator(s) who shall be elected shall be responsible for:
      1. Identifying possible funding sources to support the activities and mission of AFAM;
      2. Developing a fund raising strategy
      3. Coordinating with the President in approaching different funding agencies and/or pursuing funding opportunities
      4. Reporting annually to the Executive body on fund raising activities and outcomes, and
      5. Working with a committee if need be.
      6. Conducting outreach to agencies
      7. Overseeing Regional Representatives
      8. Providing timely feedback and progress reports, in both directions
      9. Participating in executive meetings
    • Membership Coordinator(s) who shall be elected shall:
      1. Be responsible for maintain an electronic database of all AFAM members and all those who may be interested in AFAM's activities
      2. Actively work with regional representatives to recruit new members, and
      3. Work closely with the Treasurer to make sure that accurate records are kept of dues paying members;
      4. Any other role that may be assigned by the President.
    • Regional Representatives who shall be appointed by the President shall:
      1. Represent the region to which he/she is assigned.
      2. Have a tenure of two (2) years.
      3. Be responsible for promoting AFAM to interested individuals in their representative regions.
      4. Work closely with the membership coordinators to recruit new members from their region to join AFAM
      5. Work closely with the External liaison Coordinators in matters involving External agencies in their region.
  2. Succession
    • The following regions shall be represented: African Continent, The Caribbean, South America, North America, Australasia, Europe, and Asia
      Members shall be elected to regional representatives before being elected to Membership Coordinator, External Liaison Coordinator, Funding Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Treasurer, Secretary, President, and Ex-Officio President. It is expected that each executive will build upon the outcomes of the past executive in that leadership function.
  3. Tenure
    • With the exception of Regional Representatives, each officer shall have tenure of three (3) years. The tenure of the regional representatives shall be limited to five years.
    • Members of AFAM will pay annual membership dues which will be used for either one or all of the following:
      1. Support scholars and students of AFAM to attend AFAM or AOM meetings to present papers or participate in Professional Development Workshops and caucuses.
      2. Organize AFAM conferences
      3. Entertain (e.g., reception dinners, luncheons, or brunches) members during AFAM activities and conferences.
  4. Membership Dues
    • Members of AFAM will pay annual membership dues which will be used for either one or all of the following:
      1. Support scholars and students of AFAM to attend AFAM or AOM meetings to present papers or participate in Professional Development Workshops and caucuses.
      2. Organize AFAM conferences
      3. Entertain (e.g., reception dinners, luncheons, or brunches) members during AFAM activities and conferences.
  5. Committees
    • The following committees shall be instituted to fulfill the purposes defined therein:
      Local Arrangement Committee shall be responsible for:
      Organizing the operational aspects of the annual conference. Normally this committee will be composed of faculty members and/or employees of the host institution.
      Liaison Committee shall be responsible for:
      1. Establishing linkages and sponsoring joint activities with other groups. These groups may include the divisions of the academy (such as Personnel and Human Resources, International Management, Business Policy and Strategy, etc.), affiliates of the academy (such as the Asian Academy of Management, the Western Academy of Management, the Southern Academy of Management, Ibero-American Academy of Management, etc.), or external associations that share common interests (such as International Academy of African Business and Development, Leadership and Management Studies of Sub-Saharan Africa).
      2. Working closely with the liaison officers to establish links, if need be, with external groups.
    • This committee will be composed of at least three members.
  6. Research and Award Committee shall be responsible for:
    1. Promoting and recognizing scholarship among African management academics. This committee will propose awards (such as "best article" award, "career achievement" award, and the like) to the Executive Committee for approval.
    2. Developing selection and evaluation procedures of candidates and making recommendations to the Executive Committee as to who should receive an award.
    • This committee will be composed of at least five members.

Article VI - Election and Tenure

During the inaugural period August 2009-August 2010 members meeting at the annual caucus in Chicago, Illinois, shall elect, by majority vote rule, the following executives: President, Program Officer, Secretary, and regional representatives who will establish an initial structure to AFAM and to commence working toward the achievement of the Group’s ultimate objective - affiliation with the Academy of Management.
Officers shall be elected by simple majority.

Officers: The term shall consist of a period of three years
The terms for the standing committees will be as follows:
Local Arrangement Committee Renewed at the completion of each conference to be held every other year.
Liaison Committee Tenure shall be for four (4) years.
Research and Awards committee Tenure shall be for three (3) years

Article VII - Rule of Order

Business meetings of the AFAM shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.

Article IX - Dissolution

The assets of AFAM are irrevocably dedicated to professional, educational and scientific and/or charitable purposes. In the event of liquidation, dissolution, or the revocation of its charter or abandonment of its stated purposes, after providing for the payment of debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets will not inure to the benefit of any private person or persons, but all such remaining assets will be distributed to a nonprofit professional educational and scientific organization, or to nonprofit professional educational and scientific organizations, which are organized and operated exclusively for professional educational and scientific, and/or charitable purposes which are exempt under Section (501)(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, under which section the organization or organizations shall have established tax exempt status.

Article X - Enactment

The provisions of the document shall become effective upon adoption of the document by 2/3 of the members of the Executive Committee and subject to approval by AFAM Members.

Liaison Committee Membership Committee
  • Paul Sears  - The University of Findlay, USA
  • Benson Honig - McMaster University, USA
  • Emmanuel Adegbite
  • Remi Ayoko
  • Rosamond Tompkins
  • Helen Duh


  • Nceku Nyathi  - Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
  • Judy Muthuri  - Nottingham University Business School, UK
  • Thomas Senaji  - Kenya Methodist University, Kenya
  • Abeba Mengistu  - University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Thuso Mphela  - University of Botswana, Botswana
  • Yetunde Anibaba  - Lagos Business School, Nigeria
  • Miguel Rivera  - Babson College, USA
  • Betty Jane Punnetti  - University of West Indies-CaveHill, Barbados
Program Committee Communication Committee
  • Eileen Kwesiga  - Bryant University, USA
  • Elham Metwally  - American University in Cairo, Egypt 
  • Onome Ighoauonha
  • Lutisha Vickerie
  • Benson Honig  - McMaster University, USA 
  • Miguel Rivera-Santos  - Babson College, USA
  • Remi Ayoko
  • Constant Beugre  - Delaware State University, USA
  • Abebe Beyene
  • Marco Lam
  • Samuel Sejjaaka  - Makerere University Business School, Uganda
  • W. Byabashaija
  • Thomas Senaji  - Kenya Methodist University, Kenya
  • Solange Nwoah  - Maharishi University of Management, USA
  • Thuso Mphela
  • Joseph Kamau
  • Theresa Dominic  - University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Lemayon Melyoki  - University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Alpha Ayande 
  • Nceku Nyathi  - Open University, UK
  • Kofi Dadzie  - Georgia State University, USA
  • Vincent Bagire
  • Roxanne Zolin, Communications and Website Coordinator