Dr. Esi E. Ansah
Dr. Esi Ansah is a founding partner and the current CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring, career and life coaching to students and young professionals. Esi is a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching. Dr. Ansah is also an Assistant Professor at Ashesi University College Esi teaches classes including Leadership, Negotiation and Human Resource Management.
Esi is active in her community and currently serves as the Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations – the Paul A. V. Ansah (PAVA) Memorial Foundation and the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), which she co-founded. Esi is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA), and was in July 2015 appointed as a member of the West Africa Board. She was honored by the New York-based The Network Journal (TNJ) as one of the journal’s “Forty under Forty” African Achievers in 2010.
Esi’s academic and professional/career interests include Service Delivery Systems, Service Quality, Human Capital Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Public Sector Reform. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, International Affairs and French from the Florida State University, graduating with three Bachelor’s degrees in three years cum laude (with honors). She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Prof. Yahaya Hashim
Yahaya Hashim is a Nigerian Social Entrepreneur. He initially trained at the Zaria Business School where he obtained a BSc and an MBA from the premier University in Northern Nigeria -Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. He later went to the Netherlands to read Development Studies and obtained a Masters and a PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University in The Hague, The Netherlands.
He has worked in different fields ranging from investment analysis to Nigerian and African trade unions. Yahaya Hashim is currently the co-founder and coordinator of a non-profit social enterprise in Kano – DRPC – development Research and Projects Centre. The Centre is dedicated to fighting for social Justice and against marginalization and social exclusion. He was also a co-founder and first Executive Director of the Centre for Research & Documentation in Kano, a pioneering non-profit formed by social movement activists to protect academic freedoms and human rights at the peak of the General Abacha’s dictatorship in Nigeria. Dr. Hashim has also taught part time at the Bayero University, done teaching assistance at the ISS in the Hague and at the University of Leiden. He also taught at the Kano Polytechnic and has undertaken researches, programming studies, community rapid assessments for International development organizations and International NGOs.
Yahaya Hashim has served as adviser to some civil society organizations and as board member to others as well as a member of steering committees of major national development programs. Since his student union days he has moved to trade union activism, women’s right movement and now to civil society/NGO activism thus linking the old and the new social movements. Yahaya Hashim’s current intervention interest is in the areas of development research, public health especially reproductive health, education, governance, state-society relations and social conflicts.
Dr. Etannibi Alemika
Profile of Etannibi Alemika
Etannibi E. O. ALEMIKA obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. Sociology from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and M.S. and Ph.D. Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA). He is currently a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos, in Nigeria. His areas of research include policing, organised crime, security sector reform, conflict studies, and penal administration. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals, including Police Practice and Research; Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, and the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. His recent publications include Alemika, EEO. 2013. Organized and Transnational Crime in West Africa, in Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung and Regine Schonenberg (eds.) Transnational Organized Crime: Analyses of a Global Challenge to Democracy. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag; Alemika, EEO. 2013. Organised Crime and Governance in West Africa, in EEO Alemika (Ed.); The impact of organized crime on governance in West Africa. Abuja: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp. 16-34, and Alemika, EEO. 2013. Criminal victimization, Policing and Governance in Nigeria. Lagos & Abuja: CLEEN Foundation), and Police Practice and Police Research in Africa, Police Practice and Research, 2009: 483–502. Prof. Alemika was a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Committee on Police Reform (2006); Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform (2005/2006); Member, Committee for the Restructuring of Fire Services in Nigeria (2012). He is a member of several professional associations, including Social Science Academy of Nigeria; Nigerian Society of Criminology; Academy of Criminal Justice Science (USA); American Society of Criminology and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
Dr. Franklin Oduro
Dr. Franklin Oduro has over 15 years of experience in civil society, democracy and governance work in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. Dr. Oduro started his democracy promotion career with the Accra-based Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a research and policy advocacy center. Dr. Oduro is presently the Head of Research and Programs and Deputy Director at the Center. Dr. Oduro has consulted for the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) on elections; served as NDI’s Senior Resident Program Manager for Nigeria during the 2011 general elections, and again provided technical assistance to the Nigerian civil society group, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), during the 2015 Nigerian election. Dr. Oduro holds a PhD in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, specializing in comparative politics and public policy analysis. He also has a post-graduate certificate in comparative transitional justice from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Oduro research interests include civil society and elections (election monitoring and observation), post-transition politics of human rights accountability/transitional justice/truth commission processes, public administration and policy analysis, and African political thought. Dr Oduro has published in the Citizenship Studies, The International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of African Elections, Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, Journal of Human Rights, and International Journal of Transitional Justice among others.
Mrs. Hannah Forster
Hannah Forster is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) based in Banjul, The Gambia (from 2001 to date), a regional institution whose main objective is to build and maintain a human rights movement in Africa to promote greater respect and observance of human rights and fundamental democratic principles. A Gambian, she has been engaged extensively with the African and International Human Rights System and Mechanisms including the African Union Commission, and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa for almost three decades. She has also worked for and with civil society at the national, sub region, regional and international levels for over three decades, prior to this she served in the Ministry of Education, as an educationist and information scientist for over twelve years. She has been recognised as an Ambassador of Peace in 2001 by The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace; the Gambia Library and Information Services Association Award (2007); is the recipient of the Women of Courage Award (2007) and the ICPS Award 2013 for work in governance with civil society. She received the Kairaba Peace Award for contributions in the maintenance of Peace in Cassamance. She is the Convenor of the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the Work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights held twice a year.
She graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon; Loughborough Technical College and Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, respectively where is received a DipHE and BLS (Hons). She also holds an MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scoula Superieur Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy.
She serves as an expert on the Committee on the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA); Study Group on Freedom of Association, Assembly; and Advisory Group on the Report of Women Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She has led and or participated in many advocacy campaigns on the development, adoption, ratification, domestication and implementation of regional treaties including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. She is the outgoing President of the African Democracy Forum (since 2006).
Mrs. Forster is a founding and or Steering Committee Member on many national and international bodies including the World Movement for democracy and the International Civil Society Committee of the Council for the Community of Democracy, the Gender Action Team (GAT) in the Gambia; Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR); the African Spanish Women's Network; the African Union/European Union Civil Society Human Rights Dialogue as well as the Chairperson of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of The Gambia.
Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu
Okechukwu Obinna Ibeanu holds a Ph.D in political science and has been a Professor of Political Science at the University of Nigeria since 1st October 2000. He is presently a Research Professor in Development Studies and the Acting Dean of Postgraduate Studies. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Development Studies. Professor Ibeanu has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC and King’s College, London. From 2004 to 2010, he served as the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the adverse effects of toxic wastes on the enjoyment of human rights. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. In the last twenty-five years, Professor Ibeanu has taught and conducted research on human rights, environment, conflict, development, security, elections and democracy, with over 100 widely cited publications to his credit. From 2010 to 2015, Professor Ibeanu was the Chief Technical Adviser to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In that capacity he was a leading member of the team that designed innovations that transformed the conduct of elections in Nigeria from 2011 through 2015, including a new biometric Register of Voters, voting procedures to check fraud and a new framework for election security. In addition, he designed several institution rebuilding activities for INEC, including a new strategic plan, a communication policy, a gender policy and a virtual library at the Commission’s Electoral Institute. He also led the development of the first comprehensive Election Project Plan for the Commission on the basis of which the 2015 general elections were conducted. Professor Ibeanu has served in several academic and scientific committees, including the Scientific Committee of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project (GECHS) of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).
Mr. Innocent Chukwuma
Innocent Chukwuma serves as Regional Director for the Ford Foundation's office in West Africa. He oversees all grants making in the sub-region from the Lagos office, whose mission is to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities. In this position, Innocent manages the work on issues of Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity, Technology and Free Expression and Youth Opportunity and Learning. In addition, Innocent makes grants to support arts and culture.
Innocent is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance. Before joining the foundation in 2013, he founded and led the CLEEN Foundation to promote public safety, security and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN was the first African NGO to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Creative & Effective Institutions Award. In addition, Innocent has held various posts within the Civil Liberties Organization, one of Nigeria's first human rights organizations. He was also the chair of the Altus Alliance, a global network of nonprofits.
Innocent is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on management of nonprofits in the Global South. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.
Dr. Hussaini Abdu
He holds a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Political Science from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. He had earlier obtained a Master (Msc) in Political Economy and Development Studies and a Bachelor Degree (Bsc) also in political Science.
A member of African Association of Political Science and Nigeria Association of Political Science; Fellow Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (young Scholars Award) New York, United States of America, fellow of Centre for Federal and Ethnic Studies, Institute for African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Laureate of Centre for Research and Documentation, Kano, Nigeria.
Mrs. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma
Josephine is a women’s rights activist and gender specialist. She holds a degree in English from the University of Calabar and a Master degree Gender & Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands. She founded Project Alert on Violence against women in January 1999; and was nominated an ASHOKA fellow in 2001 for setting up the first shelter for abused women in Nigeria, known as Sophia’s Place. Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. She is renowned for her work in promoting and protecting the rights of women and young girls in Nigeria and Africa. She has won several awards such as Leadership Award by the Faculty of Arts students’ Association University of Calabar and Lay Apostolate Centre, Lagos among others. She is an authority and a reputable author of many books and publications on women’s rights and gender, particularly in Nigeria. She is a consultant for various national and international organizations on women, safety and security issues. Josephine is happily married with children. She enjoys reading and listening to good music.
Dr. Kwame Asah Asante
Kwame Asah-Asante holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon where he has lectured since 2006. Before his appointment in 2006, Kwame was a journalist with The Ghanaian Chronicle newspaper from 2000-2001. He later joined The Heritage newspaper in 2002. Kwame had earlier obtained a diploma in journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. In addition to lecturing at the University of Ghana, he has also served at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration as a member of the Directing Staff and adjunct lecturer respectively.
He has co-authored four books and has a number of articles published in refereed journals. His area of research interest include elections, international politics, diplomacy, conflict, civil society organisations, media, non-governmental organisations, political communication, political institutions, strategies for development and military politics.
Dr. Tade Aina
Tade Akin Aina is Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR – Kenya). Formerly he was Program Director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He studied sociology at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University of Sussex, UK. Dr. Aina was appointed full Professor in
the Department of Sociology at the University of Lagos in 1993. He served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Dakar, Senegal- based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa(CODESRIA) from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2008 he worked in the Nairobi office of the Ford Foundation. He is an author, co-author, Editor and Co-Editor of eleven books and monographs and recently co-edited, with Bhekinkosi Moyo, the volume Giving to Help, Helping to Give: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy (Amalion, 2013).
Dr. Seidu Alidu
Dr. Seidu Alidu is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Department of Political Science. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana; a Donahue Institute Scholar on United States political thought at the University of Massachusetts in the United States. He has worked closely with and for numerous policy think tanks including the Partnership for African Social Governance and Research based in Nairobi Kenya; Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen based in Netherlands; the Institute for Democratic Governance; the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung; the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and the German-African Governance Partnership Organization. He has published widely, and presented conference papers on different specialization areas including conflict resolution, democratization and governance, transitional justice, civil society and social policy, as well as human rights.
Dr. Osman Gbla
Dr. Osman Gbla is currently Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is also Founder of the Centre for Develoopment and Security Analysis (CEDSA) Sierra Leone and Chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Governing Council (NGC) of Sierra Leone. I was also Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Head, Department of Political Science , Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Master of Science In Economics (M.Sc.Econ) and a Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD) from Fourah bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I also received an Advanced Diploma in International Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University in Sweden. I was a Lead Consultant to many post-war development programmes in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. I was the first Lead Training Facilitator of the Executive Management Course: Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA1) of the University of Addis Ababa and the African Union.
I have over the years individually and collaboratively carried out research and consultancy works in the areas of peace, security and governance in Africa for many multilateral, regional and sub-regional organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Conference paper presentations were also made in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Austria and in many African countries.
Some of my publications include: Gbla, Osman, 2013, Governance Challenges of Sierra Leone in Cassandra Veney and Dick Simpson, ed, 2013, African Democracy and Development : Challenges for Post-Conflict African Nations ( Lexington Books ); Gbla, Osman, 2013, Security Sector Governance and Conflict in Sierra Leone in Abdul Raufu Mustapaha, ed, 2013,Conflicts and Security in West Africa ( Lagos: Malthouse Press Limited)
Dr. Uju Agomoh
Dr. Uju Agomoh is the Founder and Executive Director of PRAWA, as well as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN); member of the Coordinating Committee of the Association of Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET); Council member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT); Board member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and serves as the Chair of the ICPA Developing Countries Committee. She has also served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC) and was the Commission's Special Rapporteur on Police, Prisons and Centers of Detention (2001 - 2008) as well as a member of the Presidential Committee on Prerogative of Mercy Committee of Nigeria (2006 - 2009). CITIGB2L