Dr Andrew E. Yaw Tchie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and manager of the Training for Peace Programme at NUPI. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the African Solutions (AfSol) Journal at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham, a visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College London and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). His research focuses on African-led Peace Support Operations, UN peace operations, stabilisation in Africa, African Armies, Transitional Governments and United Nations-African Union-Regional Economic Communities partnership and African Border Governance and Security. He formerly worked for the UN mission in South Sudan, Sudan and UNDP in Nepal. He was formerly the Obasanjo Fellow at RUSI and Senior Fellow for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he managed the Armed Conflict database.
Cynthia Happi is a Policy Briefs Coordinator and Research Officer at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations (International disputes and conflict resolution) from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) and is currently doing her PhD on global studies with special emphasis on peace and security in Africa. Prior to joining IPSS, Ms. Cynthia was seconded by the African Union to work as a Program Support Officer at CEMASTEA, Nairobi-Kenya. She also previously worked for the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UNCHRD-CA). Her research interests are on governance, democracy and electoral conflicts in Africa.
Dr. Bernardo Venturi
Bernardo Venturi is Co-Founder and Head of Research and Policy of the Agency for Peacebuilding (AP), Associate Fellow at the Italian think-tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna. He has 20 years of experience in research, teaching, training, project management and policy work. He published extensively on peacebuilding, good governance, Sahel, Africa-EU relations, and development and lectures in several international MA courses and training programmes.
Dr. Venturi obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Bologna, where he also held a post-doctoral research fellowship. Periods of research led him to the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, to the Moldova State University, to the Oslo’s Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Norway, to the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and to Sussex University in the UK.
Bernardo consulted for several regional and international organizations including the European Commission, EEAS, European Parliament, IGAD, OSCE, the Italian MFA and several international NGOs and platforms. He is also a frequent media commentator for different international media.
Prof. Charles Ukeje
Charles Ukeje, Nigerian, joined the Faculty of the University Department as Graduate Assistant (1993) and rose to the rank of University Professor in International Relations in 2008. He has held several research and teaching positions in notable institutions, including the Fulbright Scholarship at Temple University, Philadelphia; Visiting Research Fellow at the Nordic African Institute in Uppsala; Departmental Lectureship in African Politics and Development at Oxford University’s Department of International Development; and Senior Advisor on the African Peace and Security Program (APSP) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He served as Member of the Technical Committee of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, and co-authored two editions of the flagship “State of Peace and Security in Africa Report.” His teaching and research interests are at the intersections of governance, peace and security in Africa, with deep knowledge of Nigerian foreign policy and African issues in global affairs. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters; serving as Lead Author of the AU Peace and Security Council-mandated continental study on the ‘role and contributions of youth to peace and security in Africa.’ Professor Ukeje is very cosmopolitan and widely travelled within and beyond Africa. He continues to provide active technical and consultancy support to major international agencies such as the African Union; ECOWAS, GIZ; DFID/FCDO, and key UN affiliates such as UNDP, UNODC, UNITAR and OHCHR.
Dr. Namhla Matshanda
Namhla Thando Matshanda is a political historian with an interest in the Horn of Africa. Sheis currently Senior Lecturer in International Relations and African Politics in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach where she draws insights from various disciplinary viewpoints. Much of her research has focused on the tensions between state and nation-building in the Horn of Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia.