Core Staff

Nayanka Paquete Perdigao

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.

Rachel Sittoni

Fellowships Coordinator

Rachel Sittoni is Fellowships Coordinator at the African Leadership Centre.  Ms Sittoni is responsible for providing support to the ALC Research and Publications Department and the Fellowship Programme in Nairobi. She holds an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London and has a background in Political Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also an alumna of the ALC Peace Security and Development Fellowship programme for African Scholars.

Dr. Kiven James Kewir

Dr. Kiven James KewirResearch Leader

Dr. Kiven James Kewir is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Conflict Prevention and Regional Integration at the Centre for Research in Political and Strategic Studies in the University of Yaoundé II Soa, Cameroon, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the University of Buea, Cameroon. He holds a MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Coventry University, United Kingdom, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Yaoundé II Soa.

Alfred Muteru Ndumo

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.

Barney Walsh

Research Associate

Barney Walsh completed his PhD in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development in September 2016, and is Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. His research interests include Ugandan Political Economy, China-Africa relations, East African integration, and Security in the Great Lakes Region. His PhD thesis is 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.

Kamau Jacob Nyokabi

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.

Sinmi Akin-Aina

Research Associate

Sinmi Akin-Aina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Sinmi has done extensive work in research, advocacy, and programming with refugee and immigrant communities and young women, on the continent and internationally. Her research focus is on urban refugees in Kenya, refugee and immigration policy in Africa and internationally, women and peacebuilding in Africa, and gender-based violence in conflict settings.

Catherine Bartenge

Research Assistant

Catherine Bartenge is an MA student at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree, with majors in sociology and political science from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Catherine is Personal Assistant to the Director of the ALC, and is also research assistant for an IDRC-funded research project at the Centre entitled, "Reframing narratives on state building and peace building in Africa and the role of political settlements” in Kenya. Her MA dissertation is entitled “Assessing the impact of NGOs in child education in Turkana County, Kenya”.

Juliana Mutuku

Research 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.

Nancy Mwali

Senior Accountant

Nancy is an experienced professional with 10 years experience in Accountancy, Financial Management, Grant Management and Project & Institutional budgeting among others.  Having worked with various International Development Organizations, with 8 years’ experience in financial management and 2 years in internal & external Audit, specializing in streamlining of Internal Controls of donor funded organizations; she is currently charged with management of the Finance, Administration & Human Resources Department.  

Naomi Wangari

Accounting Assistant

Naomi Wangari is an Accounting Assistant at the African Leadership Centre. She holds a Certified Public Accountant (K) under the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries Examinations Board (KASNEB).

Previously, Naomi has worked  as a Finance intern for the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), under the Kenya Youth Empowerment Program.
Naomi's role at the ALC as an Accounting Assistant involves financial reporting, managing programme budgets, and general accounts administration. 

 

Derrick Kibet Sang

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.

Contact us

Nairobi Office:
Jacaranda Avenue PO BOX 25742, 00603, Nairobi
Phone : +254 020 3870225 / +254 0789 387225
Email: info@africanleadershipcentre.org

London Office:
School of Global Affairs,
Chesham Building, Room 12B
King's College London, Strand Campus Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Phone: +44 20 7848 1984
Email: alc@kcl.ac.uk

 

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