Francis AKINDES, Professor, Alassane Ouattara University of Bouaké (

Francis AKINDES is a sociologist. Professor at the Alassane Ouattara University of Bouaké. President of the Scientific Council of Alassane Ouattara University, he is also Director of Programs of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. In terms of its scientific influence, it is noted that he is, among others, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Fund of the French Red Cross, member of the Scientific Council of the AFD (French Development Agency), member of the Council scientist of the Swiss Center for Scientific Research. His field of scientific interest is varied and includes political transitions, political violence, political economy of inequalities, analysis of public policies and policies to exit the crisis. He has been a visiting professor in several universities including Oxford University (United Kingdom), Uppsala University (Sweden) and the Collège de France at Sciences Po Lyon. He is the author of several articles, scientific books and documentary films on various issues.


Antoine KERNEN, Senior Lecturer, University of Lausanne (

Antoine Kernen is a doctor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He works and teaches at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Taking a perspective of economic sociology, he analyzes in this work on the Chinese transition, various aspects related to the privatization process (emergence of the private sector, transformation of the social system, workers’ demonstrations, emergence of an associative sector). He published in particular: China towards the market economy: privatization in Shenyang (Paris Karthala 2004) or (with F.-X. Merrien, R. Parchet) The social state: an international perspective, (Paris, Armand Colin, 2005). In parallel since a few years, he has been conducting research on the Chinese presence in Africa. On this subject, he published for example “Chinese traders in Mali and Senegal”, African and Asian Studies, special issue. (2010), or “Chinese Strategies in Africa: Oil and Plastic Basins” African Policy, No. 107, (March), pp. 163-181 (2007).


Fabien NKOT, Professor, Yaoundé II University (






Didier PECLARD, Senior Lecturer, University of Geneva (

Didier Péclard is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva, and Director of the Master’s in African Studies at the Global Studies Institute of the same university. He holds a PhD from SciencesPo Paris (2005), and is an associate researcher with the Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace). He was invited scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2012-2013. His research interests include religion and politics, nationalism, civil wars and peacebuilding, as well as the dynamics of state formation in Africa. He is the co-author (with Tobias Hagmann) of Negotiating Statehood. Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa (2011) and author of Les incertitudes de la nation en Angola (2015), among other. In his current research work, he looks at state formation dynamics in Africa from two perspectives: by studying the way in which civil wars contribute to the institutionalization of power relations, on the one hand, and by analyzing the (renewed) role of the state as a development actor in the post-Washington consensus context, on the other hand. He is the co-editor of the journal Politique africaine.