Leadership in Times of Mega Transition

ALC Leadership Dialogues

Leadership in Times of Mega Transition:

Exploring the Role of Leadership in Political Stabilization and Peacebuilding in Africa.

A discussion with the African Leadership Centre and Yale University's Greenberg World Fellows

Date: 11th June 2018

Time: 4.00 - 6.00pm EAT

Venue: African Leadership Centre; Nairobi

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Refreshments will be served after the meeting

Guest Speaker : Emma Sky

Director:  Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program

Emma is Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.

Emma served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004.

Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. In addition, Emma has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Emma has published numerous articles including in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, Atlantic, Slate, Survival, Center for a New American Security, US Institute of Peace, the Guardian, and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Emma was educated at Oxford (UK), Alexandria (Egypt), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and Liverpool (UK).

Emma is an Officer of the British Empire.


Speaker: Idayat Hassan

Director: Centre for Democracy and Development

Idayat Hassan is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja-based policy advocacy and research organization with focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Idayat was previously principal program officer and team leader for democratic governance at the CDD. She previously coordinated the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC). Idayat is a lawyer by profession and has held fellowships in several universities across Europe and America. Her core interest spans democracy, peace and security and transitional justice in West Africa.

Idayat was a Yale Greenberg World Fellow in 2015 and is currently working with various government and civil society groupings to respond to various challenges posed by the extremist violence in Northern Nigeria.


Speaker: Brian Kagoro

Executive Director:  UHAI Africa Group

Brian Kagoro is the Founder and Executive Director of UHAI Africa Group, a governance and development consulting firm with operations in Johannesburg, Harare and Nairobi. Brian is a Pan Africanist. He is a constitutional and economic relations lawyer. Prior to establishing UHAI Africa Group, Brian was the Regional Programme Advisor for the UNDP’s Africa Governance and Public Administration Programme where he also led the UNDP Africa Governance Team within the Regional Service Centre for Africa. Prior to joining the UNDP, Brian served as Pan African Head of Policy and Advocacy at Action Aid International.

Brian is an Alumni  of the Yale World Fellows Programme( 2003) and the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders(2005).Brian has extensive, Leadership, policy research and advocacy experience & expertise. He has recently served as a mentor on the African Leadership Centre mentoring programme.



Moderator: Shuvai Busuman Nyoni

Director: African Leadership Centre

Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. The ALC and its flagship programmes grew out of the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London and was established in 2010 as an educational trust in Nairobi Kenya in partnership with King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. The ALC 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 a gender, peace and security practitioner and 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.

Shuvai has extensive experience documenting sexual and gender based violence in conflict settings and has worked on reconciliation, transitional justice and community healing in post-conflict settings.


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