Alagaw Ababu is a research associate at the African leadership Centre. His research interests include securitization discourses; security and development in Africa; state and peace building; political economy of (in)security regimes; and non-state conflicts and their termination.

In his capacity as Research Associate at the ALC, Alagaw has been part of ALC’s collaborative research on ‘Reframing Narratives of Peace Building and State Building in Africa’ funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada. He has also been a member of the Ethiopian team of the project as part of which he co-produced a baseline study and a final research report entitled ‘Trajectories of Peace Building and State Building in Ethiopia: The Role of Political Settlements. Under the supervision of the principal investigator Alagaw prepared a course narrative and module outline on the theme of ‘reframing theories of peace and state building in Africa’. He is also currently working on traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution and localized conflicts in Africa that will constitute a chapter in a book entitled ‘Outliers in Peace Building’.

Professor Chris Alden is a Senior Associate at the African Leadership Centre and Professor in International Relations, LSE, Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books, including Mozambique and the Construction of the New African State (Palgrave 2003), China in Africa (Zed 2007), The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010), and co-editor of A Mamba e o Dragão: Relações Moçambique-China em perspectiva, Cidadania e Governação em Moçambiqu,(IESE/SAIIA 2012), China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), as well as articles in internationally recognised journals. He taught at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1990 to 2000.

Ibrahim Malam Soumaila is a Visiting Research Associate at the ALC. Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Management from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ibrahim is currently attached at  the ECOWAS Commission, Abuja as an ALC  Associate with the FOREWARN Initiative project  which aims  to contribute to the enhancement of effective disaster risk reduction in the West Africa region by strengthening ECOWAS’ organisational capacity in anticipation, adaptation, collaboration, innovation and strategic Leadership.


Ifesinachi OkaforIfesinachi Okafor-Yarwood is a Doctorate student with the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. Her research seeks to explore the human security (food, economic and environmental security) implications of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Gulf of Guinea and whether such impacts might threaten the national security of countries in the region, using social realities form Nigeria.

She has been an African Leadership Centre (ALC) Associate. Her most recent degree is an M.A. in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. Okafor-Yarwood also has a B.A. in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies, from London Metropolitan University. Ifesinachi has over 3 years experience in the academic, research and NGO sector, and trained as a facilitator with the Three Faith Forum, United Kingdom.

Mohamed Haji Ingiriis is PhD (DPhil) Candidate in African Studies at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. He is a Somali scholar specialising in Somali Studies, mainly the Somali State, society, culture, history and politics. He is Research Fellow at African Leadership Centre at King’s College London. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Somali Studies and Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society. He is also a country expert for Somalia/Somaliland at the Varieties of Democracy, the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Ingiriis has also acted as an expert adviser to immigration court cases in the U.S. and the UK. Most recently, he has conducted a fieldwork research in and on Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya between May and September 2015 and April-(at present) 2016 and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Dirirdhabe and Harar) between March and April in 2016.

Penda DialloPenda provides technical support and project development assistance on projects in relation to resilience building, natural resource management, corporate social responsibility, livelihood and rural development. Her education background is insocial and political sciences, peace and conflict and marketing communications and advertising. Penda’s academic research has focused on the impact of mining on development and politics. She holds a PhD  from the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Sciences.

Dr Damilola Adegoke is a Research Associate at the African Leadership Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy; a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Science degree in Security, Leadership and Society from King’s College London. He is a member of the International Sociological Association, Spain. Damilola was a Peace, Security and Development Fellow at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Buea, Republic of Cameroon.  Damilola was a Visiting Scholar of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Dr Toyin Ajao is a Research Associate, alumna, and former alumni coordinator of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC). She engages the world as a public scholar, storyteller, feminist activist, holistic transformation researcher, and practitioner. She is the Founder of iAfrika Centre for Holistic Research and Praxis; focusing on personal and interpersonal (healing) transformation through evidence-based multidisciplinary empirical findings and praxes. She received an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and BSc Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, where she was previously a lecturer of International Relations.). She is a former doctoral grantee of NextGen-SSRC, Andrew Melon Foundation and the ALC.

Ajao has over a decade of practical work experiences having worked with and consulted for several change-making women’s rights and women in ICT organizations such as Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, Communicating for Change, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, and Association for Progressive Communication and Urgent Action Fund-Africa. She is an internationally award-winning blogger and a former co-editor of KIND’s ‘free2run’ (women in politics) blog. A panelist at the 55th UN Commission on the Women Status, New York, where she advocated for the need to document women’s participation in peacemaking in Africa.

Reputable platforms such as Routledge, Matatu, Kujenga Amani, ASA, Sahara Reporters and Pambazuka have published her work. She has served as a peer-reviewer to several academic journals including the Journal of African Media Studies and IPSS. Her research foci comprise cultures of peace, posthuman security, conflict transformation, new media, visionary feminism, healing justice, gender and sexual rights. She is a board member of Vision Spring Initiatives, Connecting the Dots Feminist Institute, and Equality Triangle Initiatives.



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