Core Staff

Executive Director

Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre. The ALC is a research and training initiative that focuses on nurturing next generation African leaders, thinkers and practitioners within the peace, security and development sector.

Shuvai is a Gender, Peace and Security practitioner researcher and has worked extensively with a range of regional and national policy makers, civil society actors and academics in post-conflict and transitional countries on the African continent. Her work also includes investigation and documentation of sexual and gender based violence in conflict settings.

Prior to joining the Centre, Shuvai worked as the Director of Interventions and before that Regional Advocacy Specialist for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg South Africa. She has worked extensively with a range of regional and national policy makers, civil society actors and academics in post-conflict and transitional countries on the African continent.

Research Fellow and Head of Fellowship

Alagaw Ababu Kifle is a research fellow and head of fellowship at the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi Kenya. Alagaw holds BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University and two MA degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Conflict Security and Development (distinction) from Addis Ababa University-University for Peace and King`s College London respectively. Alagaw is the 2023 first ever Joint PhD graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa and King`s College London in Leadership and Security Studies.

Alagaw has over ten years of teaching and research experiences and has widely published both academic and policy-oriented works. His areas of research and publication traverse leadership and the formation of developmental coalitions, political settlement and peace building conversations in Africa, International Financial Institutions and their engagement on fragile and conflict affected African states, Adhoc security arrangements and peace building in Africa, and localized conflicts and state building in Africa.

Programme Associate - Fellowships

Margaret LoWilla is a programme associate under the fellowships programme at the ALC. She 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.

Research Associate and Editorial Coordinator

Munya is a Research Associate and a Editorial Coordinator at ALC. His role is to both a researcher and managing the research output of the ALC. He holds a Bachelors Science Hons degree in Publishing Studies from the NUST (Zim). He also holds a BA Hons in Development Studies and Master in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa. His research interests are in Youth , Development and the State. He also comments on the Zimbabwean politics with different publications. Munya is currently pursuing his doctorate studies with a South African University. 

Communication and Multimedia Associate

Njoki Ngunyi is a communication and multimedia associate at the African Leadership Centre. She works as part of the Centre’s Strategic Communications team, by providing support towards the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Communication’s plan. Ms Njoki is responsible for Conceptualisation and development of digital multi-media content for the ALC website and affiliated websites and Multi-media content production and post-production. She also provides assistance to the ALC research team where relevant.
She is a holder of bachelors of Arts in Communication: Mass Communication and Film. Previously Njoki has worked with Kenya News Agency.

Assistant Finance and Administration Officer

Francis K Wacera is the Assistant Finance and Administration officer at the African Leadership Center.He has over 6 years experience in Finance, administration and leadership. Prior to joining ALC, Francis has worked in diverse positions with various NGO(s) and Corporates including The Green String Network, Usawa Inc, Orbital Consultants among others. 

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Cooperative Business specializing in Finance from The Cooperative University of Kenya. In addition he is an ongoing student for Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA). Francis research interests include Critical peace & security studies and Transitional Justice.

Program and Director's Assistant

Nancy Limoh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Eldoret. Prior to joining the African Leadership Centre she worked as an intern at Research HUB,  she has experience in monitoring and evaluation processes, tools and methods. Nancy’s roles at the ALC include; providing support to the Fellowship Coordinator across all aspects of the ALC Fellowship programmes. Nancy is responsible for logistics and communication to the ALC Fellowship programmes.

Her research interests include peace education, dispute resolution and working on youth, peace and security. She is also interested in women’s role in peace processes and on the role that strong leadership plays particularly in the context of South Sudan.

IT Assistant

Wainaina Ian Mbugua is a young and enthusiastic IT professional. He is currently the IT Assistant at the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi, where he excels in managing and supporting the organization's network infrastructure. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring smooth operations, repair and maintenance of computer hardware, installation software, data analysis, data visualization, providing user training on computer software and packages, and keeping staff updated on the latest technological trends.

In addition to his networking expertise, he possesses a diverse skill set. He is proficient in various programming languages, including Python, Java, C, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, enabling him to undertake system development, web development, and data analysis tasks. He is particularly adept at creating machine learning models and developing artificial intelligence applications. He is a graduate of Egerton University, where he earned his BSc. in Computer Science. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ian nurtures a passion for exploring new places and experiencing diverse cultures. He finds solace in traveling and embraces the opportunity to broaden his horizons. Additionally, he enjoys playing hockey during his leisure time, engaging in physical activity to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Contact us

Nairobi Office:
Jacaranda Avenue, P.O. BOX 25742, 00603, Nairobi
Phone :+254 714 874 578

London Office:
School of Global Affairs
King's College London, Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing), Room 2.16
30 Aldwych London, WC2B 4BG
Phone: +44 (0) 207 848 1984/8645

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