Core Staff

Executive Director

Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre. The ALC is a research and training initiative that focuses on nurturing next generation African leaders, thinkers and practitioners within the peace, security and development sector.

Shuvai is a Gender, Peace and Security practitioner researcher and has worked extensively with a range of regional and national policy makers, civil society actors and academics in post-conflict and transitional countries on the African continent. Her work also includes investigation and documentation of sexual and gender based violence in conflict settings.

Prior to joining the Centre, Shuvai worked as the Director of Interventions and before that Regional Advocacy Specialist for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg South Africa. She has worked extensively with a range of regional and national policy makers, civil society actors and academics in post-conflict and transitional countries on the African continent.

Head of Fellowships

Nayanka Paquete Perdigão is currently a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London, where her duties include Research, the coordination of the Peace & Security Fellowships and mentorship on the Fellowships Programme. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant with the Conflict Security Development Group (CSDG), also at King’s College London.

Nayanka was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she holds a Bachelors’ in Politics and Development and a Masters’ degree (M.Sc.) at the London School of Economics (LSE) in Urbanisation and Development. Nayanka also hold another Masters’ degree (M.Res) in Political Science, also from the London School of Economics. Currently, she is completing her Doctorate in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development at King’s College London where she is working on a thesis tentatively titled ‘Leadership and Resilience to Insecurity in Africa: State-Society Relations in Guinea-Bissau’. This looks at issues of societal resilience and the state-building trajectory in Guinea-Bissau.

Research Associate

The African Leadership Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Moses Tofa as its first Post-Doctoral Fellow. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme is designed to assist the career development of African scholars who have recently completed their PhD programme or are nearing completion of their PhD programme (meaning in the last five years), by directing their research interests around a well-defined, ongoing research agenda within a broad collaborative network or scholars.

Moses Tofa is an alumnus of the ALCs Peace and Security Fellowship for African Scholars, as part of the 2010-11 cohort. He is completing a PhD in Politics and International Relations with the University of Johannesburg. Before taking up his post-doctoral fellowship with the ALC, Moses was working as a Senior Researcher with the Center for Conflict Resolution. He has worked as a Programme Officer with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, as a Lead Researcher with the Mass Public Opinion Institute, and as a Lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe and the Women’s University in Africa. Moses has published on politics and governance in Africa.

 Research Fellow

Wanjiru Gichohi is a Research Fellow at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). She is part of the Research Department and is responsible for contributing to the ALC’s research outputs, research programs coordination and organizational resource mobilization. Wanjiru is a PhD (Project Management) candidate at Kenyatta University, and holds an MBA (Project Management) from Kenyatta University as well as a BSc in International Business Administration (Finance) from the United States International University-Africa. She has worked as a lecturer the Department of Management Science, Kenyatta University and a research assistant/field research coordinator in several consultancy projects under Dalberg Research-Kenya. Wanjiru is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Her research interests are project sustainability, leadership, knowledge management and development in Africa.

Finance and Administration Associate

Joshua Nzola is the Finance and Administration Associate at the African Leadership Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Economics  from Kenyatta University and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K) and has over 10 years experience in finance and administration. Prior to joining the Centre  Joshua worked in a Finance and Administration capacity in various organizations including InformAtion Kenya, the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), and ActionAid International among others. Joshua's research interests include peace and security, conflict resolution as well as development led leadership in Africa. 

Alfred Muteru

Research Associate

Alfred Muteru is an alumnus of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) and holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London. He has extensive experience in great lakes conflict systems having worked for the regional think tank, Institute for Security Studies and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), in assessing human rights violations linked to electoral-related violence and organised crime networks in Kenya. In the last three years, Muteru has engaged with global think tanks as well as African Institutions of higher learning, the recent ones being a junior scholarly fellowship at the International Peace Institute, New York and a visiting researcher at University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Faculty Coordinator

Barney Walsh is a Senior Lecturer in Security, Leadership and Development Education at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). He is programme convenor of the blended learning MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding and Managing Editor of the ALC Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies. He is also a mentor on the various ALC Fellowship programmes.

Barney holds a BA degree in History and Sociology (international) from Leeds University and MA in International Relations from King's. In 2016 he was the first ever graduate of the PhD Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development programme at ALC-King’s, where he has worked as Faculty since. Barney has published several peer-reviewed articles in accredited journals, on topics such as Regional Security Complex Theory in Africa, Human Security in East Africa, African Agency and Security issues within China-Africa relations. He has also organised and overseen numerous academic conferences and symposiums. Barney has lived, travelled and worked across Africa, and undertaken field work research in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa.

Leadership Studies
Ugandan political economy
China-Africa relations East African Security

Global Leadership and Peacebuilding MSc
Leadership & Development MSc

Research Associate

Kamau Nyokabi is currently a PhD Candidate at King’ College London and a research associate at the African Leadership Centre. His PhD studies seek to examine how states and societies in the Sahel are forming regional patterns of security responses to transnational security challenges in the region. He has nearly 7 years of professional experience researching and analysing peace and security across African countries. This involves field studies and deskwork for several organizations and leading African peace and security scholars feeding research into wider political decision-making contexts. His has a strong interest in interrogating conceptualizations of peace, security, development, and their relevance to both policy and practice in Africa; and to collaborate with others to systematically increase the relevance, access and use of knowledge to processes of change in Africa. His research interests include Youth, peace and security, peacebuilding, leadership and security, transnational security challenges, regional security and regional security mechanisms.

Research Associate

Sylvanus Wekesa is currently a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London where his duties include research and supporting the Peace and Security Fellowship programme. Wekesa holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in History and Political Studies from Kenyatta University and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development at King’s College London where he is working on a thesis provisionally titled ‘’ Regional Intervention in Africa: The East African Community’s effort at leading regional peace and security processes in the case of Burundi.  This looks at the leadership role of the EAC in security and conflict intervention in the East African region. Wekesa’s other research interests include examining the role of regional economic groups in promoting peacebuilding and security, non-institutional or alternative approaches to peacebuilding and security sector reform in post conflict societies. 

Communication and Multimedia Intern

Njoki Ngunyi is a communication and multimedia intern at the African Leadership Centre. She works as part of the Centre’s Strategic Communications team, by providing support towards the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Communication’s plan. Ms Njoki is responsible for Conceptualisation and development of digital multi-media content for the ALC website and affiliated websites and Multi-media content production and post-production. She also provides assistance to the ALC research team where relevant.
She is a holder of bachelors of Arts in Communication: Mass Communication and Film. Previously Njoki has worked with Kenya News Agency.

Fellowship and Research Intern

Nancy Limoh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Eldoret. Prior to joining the African Leadership Centre she worked as an intern at Research HUB,  she has experience in monitoring and evaluation processes, tools and methods. Nancy’s roles at the ALC include; providing support to the Fellowship Coordinator across all aspects of the ALC Fellowship programmes. Nancy is responsible for logistics and communication to the ALC Fellowship programmes.

Her research interests include peace education, dispute resolution and working on youth, peace and security. She is also interested in women’s role in peace processes and on the role that strong leadership plays particularly in the context of South Sudan.

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