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The African Union’s Agenda 2063 is ambitious. It advocates for, among others, equitable and people-centred growth and development; eradication of poverty; development of human capital; creation of infrastructure and provision of public goods and services; empowerment of women and youth; promotion of peace and security, and the strengthening of democratic states, and creating participatory and accountable governance institutions. New African Thinkers: Agenda Africa, 2063 presents the thinking of emerging scholars on these critical issues – those on whose shoulders the responsibility rests for taking this agenda forward. The book will be an essential reference for researchers and educators who are interested in Africa’s developmental path as designed in the Agenda 2063.


Olga Bialostocka is an Y-rated researcher interested in the broad field of culture as a pillar of and a resource for sustainable development, including the questions of benefits and shortcomings of using cultural approach to development, cultural diversity and intercultural education, cultural heritage management, as well as issues related to indigenous populations and cultural minorities in the context of globalization and human rights. Her background is in human and social sciences (PhD in Archaeology). She currently works for the Africa Institute of South Africa in the Human Sciences Research Council. Before joining AISA, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her work experience also includes a decade of service at several archaeological sites, including in Egypt and Sudan. Thokozani Simelne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Master of Science Degree, Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Engineering (D. Eng). He has published fifteen journal articles in a number of international scientific journals and co-edited six books volumes: Energy transition in Africa (2011), Africa in a changing global environment: Perspectives of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in Africa (2013), Future directions of municipal solid waste management in Africa (2015), Natural and Human Induced Hazards in Africa (2016) and System dynamic Models for Africa’s development planning (In press). He serves as a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Right of South Africa. The Committee advises the minister of trade and industries on issues relating to South Africa’s international positions on intellectual property. It also recommends amendments to Intellectual Property Laws and Policies of South Africa. He also serves as a member of Research Ethics Committee of Human Sciences Research Council, the Department of Public Enterprise Africa Steering Committee and HSRC Africa Focus Committee.