10 Years of Building Capacity for Peace in Africa

Staff Profile Details

samProf. Samuel Kale Ewusi (Cameroon) is Professor of Peace Studies and International Relations and the Director of the Africa Regional Programme of the United Nations: University for Peace (UPEACE). He previously served as Assistant Professor Great Lakes programme and later Research Coordinator at the same University. He has taught courses on political economy and Peace Research at the main Campus in Costa Rica, Central America and has also lectured at the following universities: North-West University, South Africa; National University of Rwanda, Rwanda Senior Defense Staff College; Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi Kenya, Uganda Matyrs University, Addis Ababa University, Gulu University, Uganda, University of Burundi and the Universite Libre des Pays des Grand Lacs in Goma, DR Congo. Dr Ewusi’s research is in the area of the role of political and economic governance and their implications for security in the developing world. He has authored, co-authored and edited six books.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Peace Studies and International Relations (South Africa), A Master of Science in International Relations (Nigeria) and a Bachelor of Law (Yaounde II, Cameroon).
ann Dr Ann Rita K. Njageh (Kenya) is a visiting Assistant Professor at the Africa Regional Programme of the United Nations University for Peace and Deputy Director of Academic Linkages at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Kenya, where she teaches Research and Monitoring and Evaluation courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree (English and Literature), a Master’s in Educational Research and Evaluation, and a PhD in the same field from CUEA. She is a beneficiary of UPEACE peace research trainings and the 2009 UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research award. Rita’s research interests are multidisciplinary and include: Catholic education, education for peace, arts and peace building, research and evaluation, and quality assurance. She has a number of publications to her name, and is a passionate mentor of undergraduate and graduate students in the conduct of research. Rita has an extensive experience in training and conduct of research.
brobbeyDr. Collins Adu-Bempah Brobbey (Ghana) is an Assistant Professor at UPEACE Africa Regional Programme. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Political Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in African Studies. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow, Ghana Institute of Journalism, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a laureate of UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Fellowship (2013),UPEACE-IDRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2014) and Kennel Jackson Jnr. Scholarship (2011), an affiliate of EURASIAN SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTE (ESI), Tbilisi, Georgia, New Generation of Social Science Research (GSS), Ghana/ Africa Studies Associations (G/ASA), Africa Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR), USA-CHINA Law Review, the Deputy Editor for Journal of Communication Media and Society (JOCMAS). His specialty are in the areas of neopatrimonial politics, peace, and democratic governance, conflict and security studies in Africa.
ade Dr. Adeoye O. Akinola (Nigeria) is an Assistant Professor of UPEACE Africa Programme. He holds Bachelor and Masters’ Degree (Political Science) from the Obafemi AwolowoUniversity, Nigeria. He obtained a Doctoral Degree (Political Science) from the University ofKwaZulu-Natal (UKZN),Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He taught in the Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (2007-2012), School of Social Sciences, UKZN (2012-2015), as well as in the School of Management, IT and Governance, UKZN (2015). Heis presently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Management, IT and Governance, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He won the prestigious 2013 UPEACE/IDRC Doctoral Research Grant, and grant to attend theAfrica Programme on Rethinking Development Economics- APORDE 2015. Akinola have attended conferences across the world and widely published. His research interests are International Relations, African Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies, Research Methodology,Governance, Democratic and Development Studies.
jus Dr Justine Ayuk Etah (Cameroon) is an assistant professor of UPEACE Africa Programme and a specialist in gender and governance is a lecturer at the Department of Women and Gender Studies of the University of Buea, and Service Head for Research at the Division of Research and Publications of the same university. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Gender and Development from the University of Buea. Dr. Ayuk has engaged in extensive research in the area of gender, governance and Development. Some of her publications include:“Justine Ayuk Fonjock (2015) “Revisiting the Debate on Women Substantive Representation: Empirical Insights from Women Local Government Councillors in Anglophone Cameroon”. In S .K Ewusi (Ed) New Paths to Sustainable Peace in Africa. UPEACE-Africa Programme and Justine Ayuk Fonjock & Joyce B. Endeley (2013). “Women in Anglophone Cameroon: Household Gender Relations and Participation in Local Governance. Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, Vol. 6.2, December. pp. 102-117.
sol Dr. Solomon Asiimwe (Uganda) is an assistant professor and Senior Researcher at UPEACE Africa Programme and Head of Department of Public Administration and Political Studies and a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences Nkumba University. He holds a PhD in Security and Strategic Studies; A Master’s of Science in Security Sector Management; Master’s of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies; A Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Sciences; A Diploma in Education and A certificate in Legislative Practice. His doctoral studies and research focused on intelligence oversight mechanisms in the protection of democracy in Uganda.
ekw Dr Ekwealor Chinedu Thomas (Nigeria) holds Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Transformations and Peace Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal South Africa. He lectures postgraduate modules: Advance Studies in International Relations, and Ethics of Conflict, Diplomacy and Peace, and undergraduate module - Contemporary African Politics and Development in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Ekwealor is also the Academic Development Officer for the School of Social Sciences. He also lectures: Anthropological Study of Culture in a Multicultural Context, and Critical Reasoning in the Varsity College, South Africa. Dr Ekwealor’s interests are located within the broader strata of the United Nations; the African Union; Conflict, Peace and Security; Africa’s security affairs; and Politics of Treaty. Drawing from these interests, his research activities straddled the linked and mutually reinforcing areas of global and regional security governance. Specifically, his publications focus on issue-areas that have particular resonance for Security Council reform, and state and human (in)securities in Africa and globally.
fri Dr Fritz Nganje (Cameroon) is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the South African Research Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to this he was a researcher in the Africa Programme of the Pretoria-based Institute for Global Dialogue. Fritz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon, BA(Hons) and Master’s degrees in Peace Studies and International Relations from the North West University in South Africa, and a doctorate in Political Studies from the University of Johannesburg. His doctoral thesis analyzed the foreign relations of selected South African provinces. His research interest is in the areas of the diplomacy of subnational governments, decentralized development cooperation, South Africa’s foreign policy and diplomacy in Africa, human security and peacebuilding in Africa, and South-South cooperation.
GourProf Gour is Project Advisor for North Africa and the Middle East at the Africa Regional Programme of UPEACE. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy of Peace from Khartoum University, Sudan in 2000. He has also attended intensive training courses in conflict resolution, peace, human rights and justice at the Institute of conflict resolution, Tacoma University, USA, University of Nottingham, UK and University for Peace..

He also serves as the focal person for numerous organizations such as CRI and Alarm International Peace and Reconciliation Ministries. As a philosopher and well known critic Prof Gour is well known for his publications in Arabic and the translation of peace education into Arabic. One of his unique and outstanding contributions topeace education is his philosophical theory (Drama theory: From Cathersis to Tolerance) published in Arabic in 2006. The theory constructs the epistemological foundation of shifting from Aristotelian Cathersis learning theory to Tolerance. He is one of the most well known Pan African scholars in North and East Africa and the Arabic speaking against political Islam and war. His critical approach philosophical foundations of African Dignity stands against western philosophy and western theories of knowledge. He also serves as Human rights Commissioner for Sudan.
rahelNatalia Gomez is a final Year Masters student that interns at UPEACE Africa Programme.

"The opportunity to be an intern at UPEACE Africa Programme was one of the best exciting experiences of my life. I will always carry in my heart this unique opportunity to share with African people and learn about their customs and worldview. During my stay I was privileged to make maximum use of the well equipped library at UPEACE Africa Programme to finalize my Master’s research. I also had the opportunity to travel around the country and learn about its history. Definitely, I recommend other students to take the chance to live and work in Addis Ababa at UPEACE African Programme." 2006.
rahelMrs. Rahel Getachew is a Finance Officer at the Africa Programme of the United Nations affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE), Ethiopia. She has a BA degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University and a vast experience in accounting and financial management. Rahel joined UPAP in August 2006.
shewayeMs. Shewaye Ayele joined UPAP in 2006.




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