Tuesday 13 June
Nairobi, Kenya

This roundtable focused on how local communities operate across porous borders and navigate instability in transnational conflict contexts.

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XCEPT · Panel Session 3: Informal and Conflict Economies Across Border

Panellist Spotlight: Joseph Diing Majok 

Panellist Spotlight: Tobias Hagmann 

Panellist Spotlight: Simon Longoli


Hannah Stogdon – Rift Valley Institute

Hannah Stogdon has lived and worked in Nairobi, Khartoum and Addis Ababa over the last 15 years. She has significant experience in Somalia and Ethiopia in particular, through her work with the International Crisis Group, Saferworld and the UN Mission in Khartoum. At Rift Valley Institute (RVI) she manages teams of consultants to deliver high quality research and analysis on the region and is a lead for RVI work on XCEPT.

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Ahmed Soliman – Chatham House

Ahmed Soliman is a research fellow in the Africa Programme at Chatham House. His work focuses on the politics of Somalia, the Sudans, Ethiopia and Eritrea; producing policy-driven research that influences thinking on the Horn of Africa. Ahmed is the Research Lead for the Sudanese borderlands case study on XCEPT.


Joseph Diing Majok – Rift Valley Institute

Joseph Diing Majok is a research consultant with the Rift Valley Institute (RVI). He has been with RVI since 2017 and has been involved in numerous projects with XCEPT, having written and co-authored reports, policy briefs and blog posts on cross-border livelihoods, labour migration and militarisation. Joseph holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Ikal Angelei – Friends of Lake Turkana

The Founding Director of Friends of Lake Turkana Ikal Angelei is an environmental thinker, activist, philosopher of science, and ecological policy advocate who has an interest in environmental justice, resource governance and community rights. Ikal is the Goldman Environmental Prize winner 2012 for her environmental justice work to protect Lake Turkana, its ecosystem and the communities. Ikal is collaborating with the Institute of Development Studies on research across the Kenya-Uganda border under an XCEPT Research Fund award.

Tobias Hagmann – Rift Valley Institute

Dr Tobias Hagmann is a senior programme officer at swisspeace and a Fellow with RVI. He has 25 years of experience in academic and applied research on politics and trade in the Horn of Africa. He led a six-year collaborative research project on trade and state-making in the Somali territories (2013-2019) and also led parts of the Somalia-focused work by RVI for XCEPT. He is a former associate professor of Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark, Public Policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and an editorial board member of African Affairs.

Simon Longoli – Karamoja Development Forum

Simon Longoli is the Executive Director of the Karamoja Development Forum and a UN Human Rights Fellow. Simon is collaborating with the Institute of Development Studies on research across the Kenya-Uganda border under an XCEPT Research Fund award.