Ivy Wahito Nyawira

African Scholars Fellow

Ivy Wahito Nyawira (Kenyan)

Ms Ivy Nyawira holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Nairobi. She is currently the Head of Programmes and Admin at the Resource Center for Women and Girls (RCWG), an organisation in Kenya which promotes the personal development, empowerment, leadership skills and provides safe spaces for young women and girls from rural settings to learn, exchange, network and increase their self-esteem and confidence. In 2014, Ivy was one of the young women awarded a one-year Washa fellowship to work on a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) project with a special focus on Healthy Menstrual practices. In 2017, she was invited to be a Tuwezeshe Akina Dada fellow to work on a SRHR project focusing on building safe structures for girls in rural government schools. Ivy’s research interests have been influenced by her passion in advocating for the rights and empowerment of girls living in rural areas. They include: the role of rural adolescent girls in peace, security and development of Africa; and the role of higher institutions in fostering youth leadership in peace, and security processes in Africa.

 

Essa Njie

African Scholars Fellow

Essa Njie (Gambian)

Mr Essa Njie holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and is currently on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars, undertaking an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society at King’s College London. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of The Gambia (UTG) where he worked as a Graduate Assistant and later as a lecturer, teaching courses in International Relations, International Law and Politics in the Developing World. Essa also has experience working as a conflict monitor for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Gambia, reporting on security-related threats and broader issues of governance. Between 2013 and 2017, he had engaged with MasterPeace International, Voluntary Action Network for Peace and Development and in a campaign with UTG students in the fight against online extremism. Essa’s overall research agenda lay within the areas of peace, conflict, security and human rights, with a specific interest in post-conflict and post-dictatorship democratisation in Africa in the context of security sector reform.

Ibrahim Machina Mohammed

African Scholars Fellow

Ibrahim Machina Mohammed (Nigerian)

Mr Ibrahim Machina holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Political Science and International Relations from Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja. He is currently pursuing another Master’s degree in Security, Leadership, and Society at King’s College London as a Fellow on the ALC’s Peace, Security and Development Fellowship programme for African Scholars. Ibrahim has previously taught courses in International Law and Diplomacy, as well as Nigerian Government and Politics to undergraduate students of Political Science Department at the Federal University Gashua, Nigeria. His broad research interests include: peace, security and development in Africa; community resilience to violent extremism and the role of young people in countering violent extremism.

Chimwemwe Fabiano Anne

Women Fellow

Chimwemwe Fabiano Anne (Malawian)

Ms Chimwemwe Fabiano holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Political Philosophy from the University of Malawi and is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid with Kalu Institute, Spain. Chimwemwe has considerable experience working in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Somaliland, on issues lying at the intersection of gender and transformative leadership within the development and humanitarian sectors. Over a period spanning eleven years, she has worked with such organisations as World Renew, Action Aid, the 50-50 Campaign Agency. Chimwemwe’s research interests lie at the intersection of various development agendas vis-à-vis feminist theory. This includes gender; the practice of leadership in peace and security and the politics of knowledge production. Currently, Chimwemwe is a Fellow on the ALC’s Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women.

Tabitha Mwangi Wangui

Early Career Fellow

Tabitha Mwangi Wangui (Kenyan)


Ms. Tabitha Mwangi holds a master’s degree in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies with a cluster in Cyber Terrorism from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya (Israel), and an undergraduate degree in International Relations: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy with a minor in Japanese Language and Culture from United States International University - Africa (Kenya). She is a researcher and consultant on Counter-Terrorism and Security issues and heads the Security Program at the Center for International and Security Affairs (CISA) directing the organization’s Security and Counter-Terrorism programs through research, policy formulation, forums and training. Tabitha has been involved in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts through engagement with Government Agencies and NGOs. She has appeared on different media interviews, and provided analysis on terrorism and security issues to various newspapers in Kenya.
Her research interests are on national and international security, counter terrorism, violent extremist groups, cyber security and cyber terrorism.

Margaret LoWilla Nyoka

Early Career Fellow

Margaret LoWilla Nyoka (South Sudanese)

Ms Margaret LoWilla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Studies from the Australian Catholic University, where she worked with Josephite Community Aid in Australia, engaging with Sudanese refugee children in a bid to aid their transition into a new educational system. She is currently a Peace, Security and Development Early Career Fellow at the African Leadership Centre, while at the same time completing a Master’s degree in Governance, Peace and Security at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi. Margaret has worked with local civil society organizations in South Sudan on women’s rights, women’s political participation and lobby and advocacy against early and forced marriages. In her most recent work as Assistant Project Co-ordinator of Leadership Crucible in Juba, South Sudan, she focused on mobilization of young women for peace rallies and community dialogues, as well as conducting trainings on good governance and the importance of democratic participation. Her research interests include: women and the state in Africa, and the conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa.

Ikran Mohamed Abdullahi

Early Career Fellow

Ikran Mohamed Abdullahi (Kenyan)

Ms. Ikran Abdullahi holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the United States International University (USIU), Africa. Before joining the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Women, she worked in Somalia: first, with the Federal Government of Somalia under the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MOCA), notably on the Constitutional Review process; before consulting for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monitoring and Evaluation of projects in the country. Ikran also worked with Social life and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO) as a program officer on gender equality awareness and empowerment projects that have benefitted over thousands of women affected by gender-based violence. Her broad research interests include: gender and social inclusion; post-conflict reconstruction in the Horn of Africa; the crossroads of human rights and peacebuilding; and the role of youth in sustaining peace, security and development.

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