Core Staff


Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is a Gender, Peace and Security expert currently serving as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.  The ALC is a research and training institution that 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 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.

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.

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 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

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.

Research Associate

Barney Walsh is a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London. He assists with delivery of ALCs MSc Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development.

His research interests include Ugandan Political Economy, China-Africa relations, East African integration, and Security in the Great Lakes Region. His PhD thesis, completed in September 2016, was 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.

During his time at ALC, Barney has worked as research assistant in the Rwanda case study of the IDRC funded project ‘Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa.’ He has undertaken extensive field research in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya, and has travelled extensively throughout Africa.

Barney is a mentor on the ALC Fellowship programmes, coordinator of the ALC Research Seminar Series at King’s College London, ALC Alumni Chief liaison officer, Managing Editor of the newly launched ALC Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies, and Chair of ALC Staff-Student liaison committee.

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.

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.

Research Associate

Sylvanus Wekesa is currently a Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London where his duties include research and supporting the Peace and Security Fellowship programme. Wekesa holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in History and Political Studies from Kenyatta University and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development at King’s College London where he is working on a thesis provisionally titled ‘’ Regional Intervention in Africa: The East African Community’s effort at leading regional peace and security processes in the case of Burundi.  This looks at the leadership role of the EAC in security and conflict intervention in the East African region. Wekesa’s other research interests include examining the role of regional economic groups in promoting peacebuilding and security, non-institutional or alternative approaches to peacebuilding and security sector reform in post conflict societies. 

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”.

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.


Naomi Wangari is a trained  Certified Public Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce –Finance from Kenyatta university.
Prior to joining the African Leadership Centre, Miss Wangari was an intern at Kenya Private sector Alliance under the Kenya Youth Empowerment Program , funded by  the World Bank in Co-ordination with  the Government of Kenya. She gained meaningful exposure and skills relevant to the position she now holds.

Miss Wangari joined the  African Leadership Centre  in  June 2013 as an Accounts intern and has grown tremendously within the Finance department  to her current position of  Accountant where she is responsible for general  accounting roles including but not limited to; Taxation, Audit programming, Budgeting, Financial Reporting and general administrative roles.



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.

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Nairobi Office:
Jacaranda Avenue PO BOX 25742, 00603, Nairobi
Phone : +254 020 3870225 / +254 0789 387225

London Office:
School of Global Affairs
King's College London, Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing), Room 2.16
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Phone: +44 (0) 207 848 1984/8645

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