Maya Turolla

Dr Maya Turolla is a social and political scientist, specialised in youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. She is passionate about putting science at the service of inclusive and sustainable development, by promoting evidence-based decision and policy making.

After completing a Master in Anthropology and Development Studies (2012) she explored further fields of study in Public Administration and Conflict Studies, before settling her focus on Development Studies. In 2015, she embarked on a joint PhD trajectory in Political Studies between the University of Bologna and the Radboud University Nijmegen. Through this study, and particularly the extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Uganda, Maya strengthened her expertise in rural development and youth agripreneurship. In a post-doc research in Ghana, Maya further explored youth's rural to urban migration.

As a Knowledge Manager at INCLUDE, Maya is responsible for creating and sustaining synergies between policy makers, civil society, scientists and experts to improve youth employment in Africa, within the joint initiative with IDRC and ILO ‘Boosting Decent Employment for Africa’s Youth’. 


M. (Maya) Turolla
Project researcher