Anthony Otieno Ong'ayo - PR & Public affairs

Otieno Ong'ayo (Antony) is a political scientist by training currently an Academic Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His PhD thesis examined the contribution of transnational practices of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin (‘here and there’) with a focus on Ghanaian diaspora organizations in the Netherlands (at the local and national government levels) (School of Humanities, Tilburg University).
Since May 2016 he sits in the Commission on Development Cooperation (COS) of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs to the Dutch Government (AIV). At the local government level, he has been involved in diaspora engagement with policy makers in the municipality of The Hague on co-implementation of municipal policies on integration and participation within the initiative -Inclusive Policy-making based on Shared Solutions (Inclusieve Beleidsvorming op basis van Gedeelde Oplossingen). Since 2012, he is a member of the Klankbordgroep onderzoek Globalisation Ageing and Care, and circular migration (GAIC) at Tilburg University.
At ISS he is involved in the Diaspora politics research within the research project- ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’ which examines how Diaspora communities have (self-) organised transnationally between various countries of residence in order to influence local policies. The project is linked to other research groups namely: Vital cities and citizenship; Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI), Governance, Law and Social Justice.