Pamela Mbabazi is a Professor of Development Studies and has recently been appointed Executive Chair, National Planning Authority of the Government of the Republic of Uganda. Previously, Prof. Mbabazi served as Head of Research for the GIZ supported Africa Peace and Security Program at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. Prior to that, Mbabazi served as the Dean of Development Studies at Mbarara University (1998–2010), where she established the Faculty of Development Studies, which was transformed into an Institute. She moved up the ranks to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University (2010–2015), where she served her term for five years. Mbabazi has served on several boards, including the African Research and Resource Centre, the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy, and the National Council for Science and Technology in Uganda, among others. Mbabazi is a former Fulbright African Scholar, having spent time at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies in Washington, DC, in 2006, doing research and writing on the topic of Developmental States in Africa. She also was the Claude Ake Visiting Professor at the Nordic Africa Institute in 2013 and was a Visiting Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Leeds in 2012, conducting research and writing on the topics of oil governance and land governance, respectively. Her current areas of research include the changing nature and character of the state in Africa, the political economy of oil, peace-building, and land governance in Africa. Some of her co-authored publications include; ‘Winners and losers: Contestation over land in the advent of oil exploration in Uganda’ in Hany Gamil Besada (eds) Governing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London (2017) as well as ‘Land Deals in Uganda: An Invisible Hand in Land Grabbing and Rural Development’. She has also co-edited a book with Prof. Ian Taylor on ‘The Potentiality of Developmental States in Africa (2005)’ and other publications include; ’The Emerging Oil Industry in Uganda: A Blessing or a Curse?’ (2012); and ’Women Have Always Had Their Special Place in History as Peace Makers: Women and Peace-building in the Great Lakes Region’ (2015).