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Dr Musah is the Director of Political affairs at the ECONOMIC Community of West African States (ECOWAS). From April 2005 To March 2009, he served as Senior Conflict Prevention Adviser to the Danish Agency for International Development (Danida) and ECOWAS. His duties included helping the Commission to operationalize the conflict prevention elements of ECOWAS protocols on peace and security, including those relating to conflict management and peace-building, democracy and good governance, and free movement of persons. To this end, he led the process to adopt the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework, an operational tool for cooperative interventions in peace and security in the ECOWAS region. He also works closely with the ECOWAS organs responsible for peace and security, helps the Commission assess security threats and develop policy options to meet them, and coordinates ECOWAS observer missions to elections in the region.
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Abiodun Alao is Professor of African Studies at King’s College London. He teaches on the ALC M.Sc. programmes and supervises Masters/PhD students. He is also the Chair of the Centre’s Examination Board and the Acting Chair of the Exam Board for the School of Global Affairs.
Abiodun holds a Bachelor’s in History and Masters in International Relations from the Universities of Ibadan and Ife respectively. He holds a Doctorate in War Studies from King’s College London where he was a Ford Foundation Doctoral Scholar and also held the SSRC-MacArthur Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Apart from extensive publications on African security issues, he has undertaken numerous assignments for international organisations, including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, World Bank, ECOWAS and for individual countries.
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Ademola Abass joined the ISS in August 2014 as head of the African Center for Peace and Security Training in the Addis Ababa office. Before that he was the Head of Peace and Security and a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Belgium. Ademola has taught law at various British universities and is currently Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Leuven Belgium, and Visiting Lecturer to the War Studies Department, King’s College, London. He was the African Union first Expert on Regional Mechanisms, and has consulted for international organisations and states in peace and security and international law. Ademola is a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He attended the Universities of Lagos, Nottingham and Cambridge, and has LLB and LLM degrees, and a PhD in public International law.
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Comfort Lamptey currently serves as Senior Gender Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), where she serves as principal adviser on gender issues to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She also spearheads efforts on the part of UNMIL to provide technical support to the Government of Liberia on gender-related issues and priorities. Before joining UNMIL in 2011, Ms. Lamptey served as a Gender Advisor to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) from 2004 when this position was first established. In this capacity, she spearheaded the development of a Policy on Gender and Peacekeeping, the design of various guidelines and tools, and provided substantive oversight to the work of gender components in DPKO-led missions.
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Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. She is currently Programme Director of the ALC King’s College London MSc programmes on Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development as well as the Postgraduate Research Programme on Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development.
Olonisakin is a Research Associate with the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she was appointed in 2013 as a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar on Peace and Conflict. The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) also appointed her as a Distinguished Fellow in April 2014. She served as Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London from 2003 until 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict overseeing the Africa work of that Office. In this role, she facilitated the establishment of the National Commission for War Affected Children in Sierra Leone and the Child Protection Unit in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She previously held research positions in the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London, where she co-directed the African Security Unit; and at the Institute for Strategic Studies in the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos Nigeria.
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Gladwell Otieno, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the African Leadership Centre, is the founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), an anti-corruption civil society organisation based in Kenya. AfriCOG also convenes the influential network, Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, that advocates for and monitors progress on the implementation of the 2008 post–election crisis agreement. Ms. Otieno was the Executive Director of Transparency International –Kenya, and has also worked for Transparency International in Berlin, Germany. At the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, Ms. Otieno led the African Security Analysis Programme.
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Medhane Tadesse is a Visiting Professor at the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London. He is an academic specialist on peace and security issues in Africa who has researched extensively on civil wars, the Governance of Security, Political Islam and interstate conflicts. A veteran political analyst in the Horn of Africa he has written widely and on a variety of issues and assumed high profile advisory position, at a young age, on one of the most complicated and intractable conflicts in Africa, Somalia. He was, among others, advisor to the President of Somaliland and the Ethiopian Foreign Minister in the mid-1990s. He is also a columnist and frequent commentator on global and regional security issues, and is the editor of The Current Analyst, an online journal that examines issues of peace and security in Africa.
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Mohamud Jama is Professor of Environmental & Development Economics. He is the Director of the Institute of Development Studies at The University of Nairobi.
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L. Muthoni Wanyeki is Amnesty International's Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. Beyond being a Board member for the African Leadership Centre, she serves in a voluntary capacity as a regional advisor to Human Rights Watch and as the Chair of the Open Society Justice Initiative. She is a columnist with the sub-regional weekly, the East African. And she is a PhD candidate in politics and international studies with the School of Oriental and African Studies, exploring the meaning of 'African solutions for African problems' in relation to the African Union's capacity to intervene.
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A seasoned development professional with proven managerial and leadership abilities and extensive experience in Africa as well as on global issues and initiatives. Career highlights include working as a consultant to multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organizations and philanthropic foundations; senior adviser and manager in the United Nations; regional director of a global communication agency; and development communicator and journalist. Has in-depth knowledge of development issues, institutions, policy and processes, strong academic background and excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
Specialties: Research into Use; Communication for Development; Monitoring and Evaluation; Organizational Development.
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Zeedah Meierhofer-Mangeli is the Executive Director of the Meeting Place and Resource Center for Women in Zurich and former Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (London and Uganda). Trained in the fields of sociology, pedagogy, and conflict resolution, she has been an educator and a specialist on women’s human rights and race relations. She served as Co-Director of the Zurich Women’s Shelter for Abused Women and Children; and led the youth awareness and civics training for Focus World, Switzerland. In her work, she has also been involved in concept development and training for the Swiss Police on domestic violence.