AfricanCrossroads' associates are leaders and senior experts who play substantial roles in the design and implementation of projects, events and communication measures across Africa. Based on their extensive experience and achievements in institutional leadership and academia, they work confidently in cross-sectoral and politically sensitive activities and settings.

Adebayo Olukoshi (Prof) is the Director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Dakar. He is a board member of International IDEA and held leadership positions at the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). He was senior staff member at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala and at the South Centre in Geneva. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. He has published extensively on governance, economic relations and higher education.

Alioune Diop, Colonel (rtd) held high level management positions in the Senegal Armed Forces, the International Council for Military Sports (CISM) and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, working across Africa, India and the US. He is a graduate of the French military academy of St-Cyr and the US Army War College of Carlisle Barracks and holds also a Master of Science degree of Mass Communications from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, USA. Recent clients for his consultancy include the IMF and the UNDP.

Bolade Michael Eyinla is Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has 27 years of experience in teaching, research, curriculum development, and capacity building. His key areas of interest are development aid analysis and electoral support. Currently, he is serving as a National Elections Expert with the Democratic Governance for Development Project of the United Nations Development Programme in Abuja, Nigeria.

Charles Ukeje is Professor of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He taught at Oxford University and received scholarships from Fulbright, Rockefeller, Ford and MacArthur Foundations. He researches and consults on Africa and West Africa, focusing on resource governance and security, politics and society, conflict management and post-war reconstruction, as well as maritime security.

Francis Akindes is Professor of Political and Economic Sociology at the Alassane Ouattara University in Bouaké, Cote d’Ivoire. Since 1991, he consults inter alia on rural and urban development, security, political violence, post-conflict reconstruction, and governance on assignment from World Bank, AfDB, EU, UN and other organisations. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Oxford and Uppsala, as well as at the College de France.

Joao Gomes Porto advises and researches on peace and security in Africa. His special interest is in African-led mediation as well as in policy development and capacity building for African regional and sub-regional organisations. He has been working continuously with the AUC’s Peace and Security Departments since 2005. He is visiting scholar at the Universities of Addis Ababa, Leipzig and Pisa (Sant’ Anna). He holds a PhD from the University of Kent.

Kijala Shako designs and manages large scale programmes in human rights, governance and development. She has extensive experience in bringing institutions and individuals together, multi-culturally, nationally, and regionally in Africa. She has worked for Oxfam, UNDP and the International Commission of Jurists, and is currently engaged with the The Southern Africa Trust. She holds a Master of Arts in International Conflict Management from the University of Nairobi.

Louis Matshwenyego Fisher, General (rtd), is the High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was commander and chief of the Botswana Defense Force. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Botswana and at Wits University. He holds an MBA from the University of Botswana as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. General Fisher has chaired numerous policy dialogues on African security.

Nelson Sana Massanga advises and manages programmes of national and international organisations on governance (esp. local administration), reconstruction, peace and security, natural resource management, community development and self-help promotion in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region. He is also a civil society activist and has held various positions in the Civil Society Organization's movement in the DRC. He holds a BA (License) from the University of Louvain, Belgium.










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