Leading African academics & practitioners contributing to make the prevention of mass atrocities a priority of the African Union Regional Organization's policies.
Chair - Hon. Samia Nkrumah
President of the Kwame Nkrumah Panafrican Center, is a Ghanaian politician and Chairwoman of the Convention People's Party, the first female to chair a political party in Ghana. She is the daughter of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, and his Egyptian wife Fathia Rizk. In an article entitled “The new Mandela is a woman”, the prestigious Huffington Post analyses her impact on Ghanaian and African politics. She is one of the founders of Africa Must Unite, which aims to promote Kwame Nkrumah's vision and political culture. She is a member of the International Board of the “Women in Diplomacy” Committee, established in May 2013 at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, to further promote the role of women at international level and of “WE Women for Expo”, an Expo Milano 2015 project, which intends to create a network of leading women from all over the world who can work all together on the issues of nutrition.
Senior Researcher African Union (AU) - Dr Ibrahim Wani
Dr Wani, from Uganda, is a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC, providing strategic advice on the review of leadership programs in Africa. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Director of the Human Rights Division at the UN Mission in South Sudan. For the previous three years, he was responsible for developing OHCHR’s strategic priorities and for the overall management of programs and activities in Africa, and served as the principal advisor to the High Commissioner on strategic human rights issues. In 2009-2010, he worked as a Chief of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was responsible for overseeing the overall management of the new Branch, which was established from the former Research and Right to Development Branch when it was elevated to a Division. Between 2002 and 2005, he established the Eastern Africa Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Addis Ababa and institutionalized its operations and programs. Before 2002, he was the Academic Dean and the Chair of the Military Relations Program of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) in Washington, DC. Mr. Wani holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Law Development Center, Uganda, a LL.B from Makerere University, Uganda, and a LL.M and a SJD from the School of Law at University of Virginia.
Senior Researcher African Union (AU) - Mr Bacre Waly Ndiaye
Mr Ndiaye, from Senegal, holds a Master in Law degree from Univeristé Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. He has over 35 years of legal, leadership, and managerial experience in the human rights field in various capacities. Currently, he is a Senior international human rights and business consultant. He chaired the United Nations independent enquiry on the violent demonstration of January 27, 2015, in Gao, Mali. Additionally, he assumed the functions of Director (D2 Level) in various capacities both in New York and Geneva within the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1998 to 2014. From 2009 to 2013, he was Director of the Human Rights Council and Special Procedures Division, Geneva, and between 2008 and 2009, he was Director of the Human Rights Council and Treaties Division, including the launch and first cycle of the Human Rights Council universal periodic review of the 193 UN Member States
Senior Researcher Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - Ms Oury Traore
Ms Traore is a Malian senior expert who is the Executive Director of the Madiba Institute for Leadership in West Africa (MILWA). Prior to founding MILWA, Dr. Traore has been an International Senior Consultant for almost 8 years for the African Union (AU), the Economic Communities of West Africa States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), Peace Support Operations (PSOs) Training Institutions in Africa, and the African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). Ms. Traoré drafted the Doctrine of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF); she also drafted the Policy Framework of the Civilian Component of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF); she integrated Gender issues into the draft report of the ECOWAS Security Sector Governance Policy Framework; she carried out the assessment of eleven Peace Support Operations (PSOs) Training Institutions in West Africa for the European Union (EU); she conducted the first ever evaluation of the African Union Liaison Offices (AULOs) in ten post-conflict countries; and carried out the first ever retreat of the AU’s Peace and Security Department (PSD); she drafted the Fundraising Strategies for the African Union Peace and Security Department (AU PSD). Ms. Traoré has been working as an International Senior Consultant for 8 years. Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Traoré was the Executive Director of Partners West Africa; the Regional Program Manager of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP - Ghana) – the largest peace-building network in West Africa, where she led the regional early warning and early response mechanism in collaboration with ECOWAS
Senior Researcher International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) - Mr Willy Peter Nindorera
Mr Nindorera is a Burundian researcher and independent consultant. His research for the last ten years has been focusing on thematic areas, such as Security Sector Reform, Medias, Governance, and Conflict analysis. During those years, Mr. Nindorera carried out studies and partnered with the following organizations: International Crisis Group in which he has been the main author of half-dozen reports on Burundi; Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP), the main local conflict prevention organization; The North-South Institute in Ottawa; Clingendael in the Netherderlands; The Rift Valley Institute; Berghof Research Centre for Constructive Conflict; Centre for International Governance innovation, and some embassies. He worked before, for seven years, for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) as the executive producer of the Studio Ijambo, a media producing programs focusing on dialogue, peace and reconciliation. Between 1999 and 2001, he was member of the executive committee of the Great Lakes League for Human Rights (LDGL). He has also worked for the public service for twelve years
Senior Researcher Intergovernamental Authority on Development (IGAD) - Dr Sunday Okello Angoma
Dr Okello is a senior researcher on African peace and security issues. He obtained his PhD in public policy majoring conflict, security and development from the University of Birmingham, UK; MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University, UK; Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills from Lancaster University, UK; and a first and second degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Sweden, at Vaxjo University. He is currently lecturing at IPSS and is one of the key senior researchers on African Peace and Security Programme of African Union based at IPSS. He is tasked with developing an understanding of African- led solutions to African Peace and Security Problems (AfSol), the case of South Sudan. With more than 25 years of experience in the areas of peace, security, development, governance, and more, Dr. Okello has extensive knowledge in the Great Lakes Region, Horn, Central and parts of West and Southern Africa. He worked and still works in Uganda, Republic of South Sudan, Northern Nigeria, North–Western Kenya, Ethiopia, Serbia, UK, Sweden, Canada, Cambodia, Norway, Denmark, Tanzania, France, Italy, and specific parts of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the LRA
Senior Researcher Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Dr Martha Mutisi
Dr Mutisi is a peace, security, conflict resolution and development scholar-practitioner from Zimbabwe. She has been working for ACCORD's intervention programmes where she identified and implemented practice-oriented research. In addition, she provided technical expertise to strengthen ACCORD's knowledge production and management. Ms. Mutisi holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (Virginia, USA). She also obtained a Master of Peace and Governance from Africa University, a Master of Science (Sociology and Anthropology) and a Bachelor of Sociology Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Before joining ACCORD, Mutisi served as lecturer and trainer at Africa University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) and the Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mutisi also worked at George Mason University as an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Furthermore, Mutisi has worked in various capacities, and with many organizations on critical issues at the intersections of peace, conflict and development. Her assignments included working with the University for Peace (UPEACE, Africa Program), the University of Zimbabwe-Center for Defense Studies, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), among others. Martha's areas of research interests include Peace Agreements, Gender and Peace Processes, Security Sector Reform, Endogenous Methods for Conflict Resolution, Institutions of Peacemaking, Democratization and Transitional justice. Mutisi has authored book chapters and journal articles covering these themes
Research Coordinator - Professor Mark Whitlock
Professor Whitlock has vast experience on Africa and on research examining identity-based political violence and decision-making with a particular interest in operational early warning and response (EWR). Currently based in Dakar, Mark Whitlock is a faculty advisor of the Columbia University's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, where he teaches the Capstone Thesis seminars. He previously taught in the New York University’s Global Affairs Program where he designed the courses State-building and International Policy and Prevention of Mass Killing. Whitlock is the co-founder of Harding & Whitlock LLC, an education technology and conflict analytics consultancy in New York in which he designs training simulations (web-based and table-top) for clients exploring diverse phenomena, including conflict early warning and assessment, inter-communal escalation, and decision-making. His research has analysed the theory to practice nexus (“Leveraging Web-Based Environments for Mass Atrocity Prevention," Simulation & Gaming, February 2013, vol. 44 no. 1, 94-117). He has conducted prevention trainings and consulted on regional early warning architectures primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Europe with organizations including The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and The Visegrad Group
Research Supervisor - Professor Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini
Prof Le Fevre is the Director of Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre. He teaches International Law and Diplomacy at the LUISS University of Rome. Professor Le Fevre has been the key person in the drafting of the European Union and African Mass Atrocities Task Force projects and a member of the EU Task Force. He has a vast knowledge of Africa and mass atrocities prevention and contributes to the Task Force as Research Supervisor and Researcher on Horizontal Issues
Manager - Dr Gyorgy Tatar
Chair of the Budapest Centre. Dr Tatar has worked in senior management of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly three decades and was in charge of conflict prevention and emerging horizontal security issues in the Council Secretariat of the European Union for seven years. Dr. Tatar has been the key person in shaping the composition of the EU Mass Atrocities Task Force and the responsible in charge of conducting the conversation with the EU institutions for the adoption of the recommendations contained in the report. Dr. Tatar acts as Project Manager of the Task Force and main representative of the Budapest Centre