Nafeesah Allen, PhD

Nafeesah Allen, PhD



Personal Finance, Family Finance


Barnard College, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) , University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)



Nafeesah Allen, Ph.D. is a multi-lingual author, independent researcher, and content strategist, who contributes to various national publications. She has over 15 years of experience in government communications, editorial, crisis response, and team-building roles on four continents. She also enjoys working with funders, founders, and startups to offer messaging and brand marketing strategies that center audience identity, moral imperatives, and executive transparency in thought leadership. She is a Visiting Researcher at Wits, and has a forthcoming book with Palgrave. She has released numerous book chapters, articles, and a self-published bilingual children’s book.


Nafeesah has a Ph.D. in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India, a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009 and a BA from Barnard College at Columbia University.

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