Core Staff


Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is a Gender, Peace and Security expert currently serving as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.  The ALC is a research and training institution that focuses on raising next generation African leaders, thinkers and practitioners within the peace, security and development sector.  The ALC seeks to contribute to Africa’s long term social and economic security and development terrain by training and mentoring the next generation of young African leaders as well as through rigorous research and knowledge generation. Shuvai is the first Alumna of the African Leadership Centre to serve as its Executive Director, having been part of the 2009-2010 cohort of the Centre's Peace and Security Fellowship programme for African Women.

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.

Fellowships' Coordinator and Research Assistant.

Hubert is Fellowships’ Coordinator and Research Assistant at the African Leadership Centre. In this capacity, his work involves providing significant support to the Head of Fellowships across all aspects of the ALC Fellowship programmes - from development, to implementation, and monitoring and evaluation – as well as significantly to the Centre’s research projects.

Hubert holds a Master's degree in Peace Studies and International Relations (with Distinction) and has four (4) years of policy-relevant peace and security research experience in East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes Region. His thematic research interests span: Everything Africa; human security; state fragility; transitional justice; youth and women in governance, peace and security; and China-Africa security engagement.

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.

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.

Research Associate

Barney Walsh is a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London. He assists with delivery of ALCs MSc Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development.

His research interests include Ugandan Political Economy, China-Africa relations, East African integration, and Security in the Great Lakes Region. His PhD thesis, completed in September 2016, was titled ‘China’s Engagement in the East African Security Community and Uganda’s Utilisation of the Regional Security Complex.’ It investigates how Chinese investment in East Africa and Uganda is affecting regional security issues and the progress of EAC integration. Barney holds a BA degree on History and Sociology from Leeds University and a MA in International Relations from Kings College London.

During his time at ALC, Barney has worked as research assistant in the Rwanda case study of the IDRC funded project ‘Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa.’ He has undertaken extensive field research in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya, and has travelled extensively throughout Africa.

Barney is a mentor on the ALC Fellowship programmes, coordinator of the ALC Research Seminar Series at King’s College London, ALC Alumni Chief liaison officer, Managing Editor of the newly launched ALC Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies, and Chair of ALC Staff-Student liaison committee.

Research Associate

Kamau J. Nyokabi is currently a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC). His research interests include: Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, and Regional Security Systems. His current research projects at the ALC focus on Youth Radicalization in East Africa and Leadership and Peacebuilding in Africa. Kamau has previous experience in grant making and community development. He holds a B.A in Psychology from the University of Nairobi.

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. 

Finance and Administration Associate

Naomi Wangari is currently a Finance & Administration Associate at the African Leadership Centre where she is charged with ensuring continuous assessment of the Organization’s financial situation. Her work entails providing effective support to programmes implementation through management of programme funding and implementation systems and activities, developing effective finance and Admin procedures, Budgeting and  Financial reporting, Overally in charge of audit exercise, ensuring implementation and managing efficient internal control systems, Financial management & monitoring and general administrative functions at the Centre.

Finance and Administration Assistant

Juliana is a holder of Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountant (K). Previously Juliana has worked with the National Hospital Insurance Fund as a finance Intern .In addition to providing support to the Finance Department she assists the Head of operations in steering events, planning training sessions, workshops and Conferences at the Centre.

Juliana’s Roles at the ALC include providing support to the Finance department, assisting in the administration of the ALC office and providing logistical support to the programmes department.

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.

ICT Officer

Derrick Kibet Sang is the ICT Officer at the African Leadership Centre. In this role, he ensures that the ICT systems are up and running. He is responsible for the LAN and WAN administration, installation, maintenance, service and troubleshooting of all technology equipment. He provides user support to fellows and lecturers to maximize productivity and ensure adherence to information system standards across the ALC network.

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