Associate Fellow

Susanne Mbise (Tanzania)

Ms. Susanne Mbise is an Associate Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for African Scholars at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). She has a BA in Public Relations and Advertising, and an MA in Mass Communication from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and is currently pursuing an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society at King’s College London. Susanne has worked for more than six years with the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and to the East African Community (EAC) as a Press and Information Officer, under the Political, Press and Information Section. Previously, she also worked as a Tutorial Assistance at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Dar es Salaam. Susanne looks forward to widening her research and analytical skills and knowledge in geopolitics, peace and security, as well as socio-political issues.  

Associate Fellow

Abdullahi Mohamed Rage (Somalia)

Mr. Abdullahi Rage is an Associate Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for African Scholars at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development with Honors from King’s College London and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Security, Leadership and Society at the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Somali Development Organisation (SDO), a UK-registered, non-profit and non-governmental humanitarian organisation that helps local communities in Somalia tackle poverty, particularly, through the advancement of education. His research interests, which originate from his personal experience of civil war in Somalia, are embedded in peace, security and development, particularly in post-conflict countries.

Early Career Women Fellow

Halima M. Ahmed (Kenya)

Miss Halima M. Ahmed is a Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for Early Career African Women at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Riara University, Kenya and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from United States International University - Africa. Halima’s work over the last three years has focused on knowledge production on various developmental issues in East Africa. In her most recent work as a Social Science researcher and lecturer, Halima taught modules on globalization, theories of diplomacy and development, African relations and regional affairs. Her research interests include: international development, migration and remittances. Halima has published on “The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Economic Growth in Kenya: A Case Study of Kenya’s Special Economic Zones”, in the International Journal of Management and Commerce Innovation (IJMCI).

Early Career Women Fellow

Leonie Mills (Ghana)

Leonie Mills is a Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for Early Career African Women at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). She completed her undergraduate degree in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Sheffield, where shed formed a new student society called the African Affairs Network. Leonie also holds a Master’s Degree in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London. She previously worked in a business consultancy that specialises supporting women in the corporate sector, and for the social enterprise Ubele, as part of their Young Emerging Leaders Collective championing social justice and community organising for the Black, Asian and Ethnic minority community. Leonie is also the co-founder of an online platform, the African Youth Security Network that seeks to connect and centre young African voices in peace and security discourse. Her research interests include: corruption and governance, terrorism, and the role of women in post-conflict.

 

Early Career Women Fellow

Fakhrriyyah Hashim Abdallah (Nigeria)

Fakhrriyyah Hashim Abdallah is a Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for Early Career African Women at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Abu Dhabi University, and a Master’s Degree in Emerging Economies and Inclusive development from King’s College London. She has previously worked for Netaq for IT Solutions in the UAE, and Girl Child Concerns in the conflict-ridden Borno State as well as the Nigerian Vice Presidency on social programs delivery. She pioneered the exploding conversation on sexual violence in Northern Nigeria through #ArewaMeToo, which drew inspiration from the global #MeToo Movement. She also founded the #NorthNormal campaign to spotlight sexual and gender-based violence policy implications in Nigeria. She is a founding member of the Feminist Coalition at the forefront of response in the #EndSars protests in Nigeria. Her research interests include: local economic development and governance, climate conflict and feminist structural response to SGBV in Nigeria.

Early Career Women Fellow

Sara Soumaya Abed (Egypt) 

Sara Soumaya Abed is a Fellow on the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for Early Career African Women at the African Leadership Centre (ALC). Sara is a feminist researcher based in Cairo and was part of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment & Assault (OpAntiSH) that confronted the rising tide of gender-based violence against women in Tahrir square in Egypt during the 25 Jan revolution. She holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London (UCL) and has previously worked with HarassMap, CARE International Egypt, and was a teaching assistant at the British University in Egypt (BUE). Sara Soumaya is interested in researching the intersections of queer theory and feminist political economy, social movements and cyberfeminism, performance studies and sex work through the lens of labour rights and security studies. She has co-authored a chapter, “A Revolution Deferred: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Egypt,” in Awino Okech’s edited book Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa; and her paper, “How do Sex Workers Perceive their Working Identity? Case Studies in Egypt” has been published in Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research.

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