James B.Kantiok is a Professor of Peace and Security Studies and former Director of the Centre for Peace, Conflict and Security Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Professor Kantiok was a member, Kaduna State Peace and reconciliation Committee and a member of National (Eminent Nigerians) summit group. He was also consultant to the Judiciary Committee on the clashes between the Nigeria Army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Zaria. He has taught at Nigeria Defence Academy where he helped design postgraduate programs in Peace and Conflict management and Securiry Studies.
Professor Kantiok has received numerous academic awards, including the prestigious Fullbright Scholar Award (2010); The excellence in research and Accomplised Scholar awards, Azusa Pacific University (2008-2010); The PEW scholar award (1994-99) and the FACT Scholar Award (1993-2000).
Prof. Kantiok has taught at undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States of America, Europe, Philippines, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and South Sudan, where he taught high level leaders such as prime ministers, governors, parliamentarians, cabinet ministers, top security personnel, Chief executives and top UN staff and in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
His research interests include intercultural studies, Peace and conflict mediation, christian-muslim relations and national security. He is also a public affairs analyst that features on radio and tv programs.
About DR.AYAK CHOL DENG ALAK
Dr.Ayak Chol Deng Alak is a refugee born South Sudanese peace builder who currently serves as the head of research at the Strategic Defense and Security Review Board, an implementation instrument of the revitalized South Sudan peace Agreement. She is the former deputy coordinator of the South Sudan Civil Society Forum, a signatory entity to the South Sudan Peace deal. Together with other artistic youth she cofounder Anataban, a youth movement where she is the policy and advocacy personnel. She is an active member of the South Sudan Women’s’ Coalition for Peace as well as numerous Pan African and global platforms like The Popular University for Citizen Engagement (UPEC) and East African Youth Forum (EAYF).
She has excellent communication skills from over 8 years professional experience in Print media, Radio and Television. She is a great mobilizer for action and a staunch Women peace and security advocate, and believer in transformation of youth in active conflict contexts. That led her to contribute to two policy papers commissioned by the UN youth envoy youth, peace and Security and the formal and informal role of youth in peace processes. Dr.Ayak is a certified grassroot mediation expert, and contributed to the development of the grassroot mediation module for African Women.
She is a practicing and published clinical epidemiologist, published poet, researcher and an Alumni of both IVLP and the Just World movement. She holds a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery and a Masters of Public Health, Epidemiology.
Dr.Ayak is also a practicing political analyst and rights activist and a certified facilitator at the National Transformational Leadership Institute.
About YOUSSEF FENNIRA
Founder and General Manager of the Center for Orientation and Professional Retraining (CORP) since 2015, Youssef Fennira, was recently appointed Director General of the NationalbAgency for Employment and Entrepreneurship (ANETI) in Tunisia — an institution with over 1000 employees. He is the youngest CEO of a public institution in Tunisia's history.
He holds a Master Degree in International Economics from the Sorbonne University in Paris and an MBA in International Business Engineering from the Paris Graduate School of Management. After completing his higher Education in France—spanning 7 years, he returned to Tunisia to focus fully on the issue of unemployment by looking at reforms and solutions to the Tunisian Case.
From 2013 to 2015, he held the position of Project Manager in the Tunisian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Tunisia). In this capacity, he facililated the training of many young Tunisians in soft skills courses and professional development, also introducing the concept of professional reconversion into the Tunisian labor market.
As part of the projects implemented within the AHK Tunisia, Youssef Fennira has founded and directs since 2015 the Center for Orientation and Professional Retraining (CORP). Born out of a partnership between the AHK Tunisia and the German Cooperation Employment Fund (GIZ), the CORP has managed to place 1,300 young Tunisian job seekers in companies.
In 2015, Youssef Fennira cofounded with a group of young Tunisian leaders the Maghreb Young Leaders Organization (MYLO Tunisia). This network of young leaders with different political, economic and social trends are working together to enhance North-North and South-South and North-South dialogue and to promote the emergence of an enterprising North African Youth involved in decision making processes. He currently serves as its General Secretary.
Youssef Fennira travels the world as an International Consultant in Organizational Development to share the Tunisian experience in solving the unemployment challenge. He has represented Tunisia at several forums, amongst which are— African Youth Dialogue, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Inaugural Pan-African Youth Forum, N'djamena, Chad, African Leadership Forum, South Africa amongst many others.
About MEDIATRICE BARENGAYABO
Ms. Mediatrice Barengayabo is a community organizer, a public health specialist and an activist with over nine years of working experience in different sectors — Private and Government institution as well as international organization such as UN, USAID and PEPFAR organization.
Mediatrice is versatile and can adapt easily to change and challenges in a collaborative, multicultural working environment.
As an activist who is passionate about deepening democracy and promoting peace in Africa, she has served in the electoral space for many years. She serves on a number of boards; The Institute of Election Management Services in Africa (IEMSA)— an institute rendering election management services and providing capacity to individuals and institutions that are in the election space. She also sits on the board of The Reformers Initiative For Development In Africa (Reformers Of Africa) —an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the principles and practices of Participatory Democracy, Peace and Government Accountability in Africa.
Mediatrice is the former Chief Executive of Ikiriho Institute, Burundi and she is further an activist for peace building and social development in Burundi.
Mediatrice holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She is also an Alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program in the USA.
About AYOMIDE ALAO
Ayomide Alao is a Development Practitioner and Public Policy Analyst whose work is at the intersection of governance and technology. He is committed to promoting practices and principles of participatory governance and supporting digital social innovation for the development of Africa.
Ayomide, through his work, influences social change. He is an excellent communicator with strong public policy analysis skills. He has been a regular participant and facilitator at several high-level conferences and symposia across the globe.
He was invited by the leadership of African Union to be part of the inaugural Pan-African Youth Forum, aimed at recommending policies on youth development to the African Union Heads of State and Government summit. One of the recommendations (African Youth Development Fund) was adopted and approved during the 29th Heads of States and Governments Summit in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. For the first time in the history of African Union, a budget for the youth was allocated under the African Youth Development Fund for USD 7 Million, one percent of the African Union budget to fast track African youth development programmes.
Ayomide is the Nigeria Country Director at Proto (proto.cx) — a global leader in conversational AI for emerging markets. He specializes in government technology adoption and African development initiatives.
In contributing his quota to national and continental development, he teamed up with some of the brightest minds on the continent to setup a pan-African civic-tech organization, Reformers of Africa (reformersofafrica.org). Reformers of Africa is dedicated to promoting and supporting ideals, principles and practices of participatory governance, peace, digital social innovation and government accountability in Africa.
He is an Associate Fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society, UK and a Finalist of The Queen's Young Leaders Award.
Temilorun is a development enthusiast, who ambition to redefine leadership in Africa through knowledge, enterprise and public service. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Bowen University, and currently studying Africa at the University of Oxford, England.
Temilorun is a skillful researcher and published scholar. His research interests are but not limited to poverty & marginalization, SDGs and Governance. When Temilorun is not doing research or engaging in civic and development issues debate, he is strategizing on methodologies to transform the African continent socially, economically and politically, beginning from Nigeria.
Fatai Kunle Adewusi is a seasoned IT professional, specialising in Information Security.
Having graduated from the University of Kent and the prestigious King's College, London studying Business Information Technology and Computing, IT Law and Management respectively, he started his professional career in the Public Sector, working for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) as an IT Support Analyst.
In seeking newer challenges in his career, Mr Adewusi went into the private sector in the year 2015, a place where he still is and doing well, working for different multinationals in various global teams from different industries.
Some names that appear on his CV include Moodys' Investment Services, KPMG, Deloitte and British Petroleum (BP).
Adewusi headed The Nigeria-Medway Progressive Union, a community interest group in his Medway area of Kent in the UK. The group pride itself in providing assistance for the needy in the Medway community of Kent.
Mr Adewusi's personal interests include; educating the African child, rural development in Nigeria, good governance in Africa, application of IT innovations in governance in Nigeria, poverty eradication in Africa, promoting due process in the African environment among other things.
Mr Adewusi is a football fan with a biased interest in Chelsea Football of England Club and a big fan of Roger Federer. He plays Lawn Tenis too. Mr Adewusi is married.
About YASMINA MZE
Yasmina Mze is an entrepreneur of repute, an advocate for women's rights and a civil society leader from the Comoros Islands, a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the West coast of Africa. She was born there but the family quickly moved to France for "a better life".
After finishing high school and obtaining her baccalaureate, She moved to the UK for higher education. Being a student is not an easy thing so she has done several part time jobs to support herself, but those small jobs has taught her a lot. When she graduated from the university of Cardiff, she already had some experience and was ready for the upcoming challenges. She worked in a secondary school teaching French and Spanish for few years before moving back home to Comoros.
Going back home was all new to her but she quickly saw the potentials so she decided to give it a shot.
In her words "Seven years and two kids later, I do not regret my choice of returning home. I got the chance to be involved in so many different things, to meet high authorities, to explore Africa, to work with the community, to share some of my experience. It is priceless"
Yasmina is the Event Coordinator of MYC Events; a company specializing in interpreting and translation, in the organization of events focusing mainly on seminars and workshops. her expertise in the world of interpreting is well established.
Ms. Yasmina loves languages and modern letters. She is a graduate of Cardiff University, UK, specialising in Secondary Education in Foreign Languages.
About RITA ILEVBARE
Rita Ilevbare is a lawyer with16 years post call and an M.Sc hopeful in Gender and Development Student. She is the Executive Director, Gender Relevance Initiative Promotion (GRIP), a leading human rights NGO based in Ekiti State, intervening in the prevention and response to GBV in Nigeria.
Rita Ilevbare has vast experience in human rights; with particular reference to gender programing, gender justice and child protection. Ilevbare works in the area of policy formulation and implementation, legislative advocacy and drafting, project design and implementation and also into research and documentation of human rights violations. She participated in the drafting of the Ekiti State Child Rights 2006, Ekiti State GBV Prohibition Law 2011 and the Ekiti State Equal Opportunity Law, 2013. Presently, she is working with the Ekiti State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planing to draft the Ekiti State Social Protection Bill.
In 2012 and 2013, she was Consultant to the projects 'Increasing women's participation in democratic governance in South Western Nigeria, supported by Canandian Embassy and "The Review of Laws Protecting Women in South Western Nigeria, supported by DFID.
Ilevbare also has expirence in mobilisation, community engagement, training and fecilitation. She is much sought after as a resource person in gender rights and child protection. Since 2011, Ilevbare has been a Resource Person to the Ekiti State Annual Gender Summit, she is one of three persons who made the Ekiti State 16 member GBV Committee for a second time.
With her legal skills, Ilevbare has advised, mediated and or represented about 1000 women and children in Nigeria, including women and children living with disabilities.
She is a committed member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and was one time the Chairperson of Ekiti State Branch. Presently she is Assistant National Secretary, FIDA Nigeria.
Rita Ilevbare has attended several trainings; local and international and she is a trustees to several credible organizations.
About ANKAT ANNY TOHOMDET
Ankat Tohomdet has worked for more than 5 years with both governmental and non-governmental organisations. He has held various positions where he performed various administrative and research tasks, while developing his skill set and capacity for better service delivery.
Presently an Administrative Officer 1 with the National Bureau Of Statistics, Nigeria, where he works in the Field and Methodology Department. He routinely performs various duties ranging from Data Enumeration for State and non-State sponsored Survey's to office administration for the Zonal Office in Jos.
Ankat previously spent 3 years with the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, where he served as an administrative assistant and later a communication's assistant with the organisation.Ankat also consults and volunteers his skills and time to various organisations and worthy causes.
Ankat is presently an MPhil/Phd Public Administration Student with the University of Jos while writing a dissertation for an M.Sc. Public Policy Analysis, with the Nasarawa State University. He holds a Master Of Public Administration, specialising in public personnel management from the National Open University Nigeria and a B.Sc degree in Political Science from Covenant University, Nigeria.Ankat speaks English, Hausa and West African Pidgin English fluently.
About ELKANAH OLUYORI
An active citizen from the west of Africa; one who serves Nigeria with all his strength and defends the honour of the so-called third world nations. So much for his belief that Africa will rise as he upholds the greatness of the people, their prosperity and the planet in which he lives - such is a simple way to define Elkanah Oluyori.
Elkanah is a community organizer, sustainable development ambassador, a management consultant and a social economist. His interest ranges from Africa, citizenship, national transformation, to sustainable development goals, gender equilibrium, peace building, management, business and innovation.
He currently coordinates the Nigeria, FCT Abuja Chapter of the West African Network on Peace Building (WANEP) and an Alumni of Satyagragha Institute of Peace, USA. Following his academic experiences in Business Management, He provides consulting services to a number of clients and serves as a consultant with 3T School of Entrepreneurship, Akure.
As a certified trainer, ghost writer and biographer, he has authored several books on National Development, Business, and Relationship Peace and Family Building— including ‘Partner of My Dream’ and ‘War against Unemployment’, ‘If You Don’t Have Money, Don’t Hide Your Face’ and most recently ‘Citizenshift’.
Drawing from over 7 years social and community development experience and interaction with huge developmental projects supported by International agencies like United State Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and the likes. He currently serves on the board of The Reformers Initiative for Development In Africa (Reformers of Africa)
He is married to Mobola Samuel, a relationship and family therapist and an advocate for the exercise of freedom and ultimate expression of women.
Elkanah Oluyori will like to hear from you. You can reach him on email@example.com
About MICHAEL A. OLANIYAN
Coach MYKE, as he is fondly called, is a trained draughtsman, lawyer and business coach. Senior Partner at ClearWater Solicitors and team lead at Thinking School Nigeria.
Received training at University of Ado Ekiti, University of Ibadan, University of Abuja, Transparency International, UNICEF, WHO, USAID, UNDP, Phillips Consulting, Workforce Training Institute, and Faithway Business Academy.
Volunteer with EIE Nigeria, Transition Monitoring Group UK, UNICEF, and DFID.
He is also the West Africa Sub-Regional Technical Officer for the Bloomberg and Bill Gate’s funded Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (Washignton DC). He is a consultant to the Federal Ministry of Health on legislative drafting.
He is also a Youth Integrity Ambassador for Anglophone West Africa (a honour conferred by Transparency International, UNDP, ICPC and Youngstars Foundation in 2013). He is an Ambassador of Citizens’ Responsibility with Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI)
Michael, a believer in self actualization, founded Thinking School Nigeria to help young business leaders find their way out of the conundrum of mediocrity and propel them into a life of passion, purpose and profitability. He offers pro bono legal services to Start Ups, and gives free coaching sessions to undergraduates and fledgling entrepreneurs.
In the corporate world, he sits on the board of IC-Cube Nigeria, Ideation Consult, Obeders Nigeria Limited, Matrix Sapphire Ltd, Laws and Letters Ltd, Hakid Construction Ltd Avigo Healthcare Services, and Vine Properties, to mention a few.
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About OLUWADARA FALADE
'Dara is a Communication Consultant who has trained individuals and staff of organisations across the West Africa sub-region. She was a member of the training Faculty at Skil-hub Business School, Calabar, where she trained communication and relationship management skills. She is currently the Business Lead of Semantics Integrated, a communications consulting firm operating out of Abuja Nigeria.
She passionately deploys her competencies in communications, public relations, project management and entrepreneurship to human capital development.
She’s a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) RLC-Accra alumna, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Confluence Intellectual Development Initiative (CIDI); a non-profit focused on Quality Education and Program manager for Decipher Initiative for Sustainable Impact Solutions.