Alden Young is a political and economic historian of Africa. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Africans participated in the creation of the current international order. He is assistant professor of African American Studies and a faculty member in the International Development Studies program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he is a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies, term 2019-20. His first book Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development and State Formation was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2017.
Dr Hazar Khidir graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2017 and is currently completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr Khidir's interests are in global health policy and strategy. She's conducted operational work for Treatment Action Campaign and Médecins Sans Frontières in South Africa and Partners In Health in Malawi to improve health care access in one of the poorest and most rural regions of Malawi. She was a MIRT Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; published research on HIV prevention strategies for at-risk young women living in one of the highest HIV prevalence regions in the world, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and, most recently, travelled to Uganda to conduct research on the trauma and mental health needs of African refugees.