As the 2022 King’s Africa Week draws to a close, the African Leadership Centre celebrates the appointment of Dr. Eka Ikpe as Director at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London announced by the School of Global Affairs in September 2021.
Dr. Eka is a Reader (Development Economics in Africa) at King’s College London. Her research offers a critical understanding of socio-economic transformation processes which advances concept-building that centers spaces in Africa and parts of the Global South across the fields of economic development and peace and security. Some of her current interests include developmentalism, industrial development, and structural transformation, peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, and the economic costs of conflict and creative economies.
We are delighted to celebrate this milestone.
Professor Alao Abiodun – former Director
Dr Ikpe has played an important role in the affairs of the ALC. For many years, she served as the Deputy Director, and was a strong member of the troika that ran the ALC in the last 5 years. She also extended her tentacles to other disciplines, winning major grants that have been done with other departments.
Shuvai Nyoni - ALC Executive Director Nairobi
It is such a pleasure to witness history in the making and a vision and mission coming together even in ways unplanned but certainly dreamt of. I am so excited about this new season in the life of the ALC and wholeheartedly congratulate Eka as she has stepped into this role. Eka your leadership, comradeship, sisterhood, and mentorship are inspirational and challenge us all. The ALC will only thrive and soar through your sharpness of mind, creativity, innovation, and always positive and encouraging nature. Hongera sana! This is your time, and I am thrilled to have you as a fellow sojourner.
Gladwell Otieno - ALC Board Chair
I would like to send my warmest congratulations to Dr. Eka Ikpe on her appointment to be the Director of the ALC in London. I have watched Eka over the years mature as a passionate and rigorous scholar, guided by her commitment to the African continent and the values the ALC espouses. She herself is a sterling product of the ALC, having been engaged in its programmes in various roles with increasing responsibilities. This progression was a recognition of her leadership and academic talents, the quality of her scholarship and her strong dedication to the work and vision of the ALC. I am very pleased at this latest development in her career and have no doubt she will perform excellently as the new Director of ALC at King’s. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I welcome her to her new role and look forward to working closely with Dr. Ikpe to advance the goals of the ALC. Congratulations Eka!
Professor Funmi Olonisakin - ALC Founding Director
Eka is stepping in to lead the ALC at King’s at a perfect moment. There are generational shifts in Africa and globally, as there are emergent security and development issues impacting Africa in a global context. Eka will provide intellectual leadership to steer a new generation of African scholars toward effecting a transformation paradigm for addressing new security and development challenges.
The ALC is proud of her achievement and wishes her all the best in this role as well as she continues contributing to knowledge in economic development and peace and security.
Hongera sana from all at the ALC!