Dr. Mumo Nzau is a Fulbright scholar who holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Political Science, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). He also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from United States International University – Africa (Kenya), in addition to other graduate-level training in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).
Dr. Nzau is a Lecturer at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and he has been a Senior Lecturer of Political Science at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya), Adjunct Faculty at the United States International University – Africa (Kenya), as well as in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the University of Nairobi (Kenya).
He is a key resource person in the Foreign Affairs, and Internal Security and Defence dockets in Kenya. His Consultancy and Research specialties include National Security and Defence Strategy; Conflict Resolution and Management; and Governance and Development – areas of specialization on which he has numerous peer-reviewed published works in the form of books, book chapters and journal articles.
Brigadier General (Rtd) Ahamed Mohammed holds a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from Kings College, University of London and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management and his awards and decorations include the Elder of the Order of Burning Spears (E.B.S).
Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohammed has served in a variety of command and staff positions in his 37-year career in the Kenya Defence Forces. He has worked with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia as a Deputy Senior military Observer; a military assistant to the Chief of the General Staff (Kenya Defence Forces); and as a Directing Staff – both at the Defence Staff College (Kenya) and at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, (JSCSC), Bracknell, and later Shrivenham, United Kingdom.
He was also a Defence Advisor, Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations in New York (2001–2004); Chief of Personnel, Kenya Army Headquarters in Kenya (2004); Commandant, International Peace Support Training Centre in Kenya (2005); Brigade Commander, Kenya Army Corp of Engineers in Kenya (2008–2010); and later as Chief of Operations, Training and Plans, Kenya Army Headquarters in Kenya; and as Commandant (CEO), Defence Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi (Kenya).
Between 2013 and 2016, Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohammed served as Chief of Staff, Office of Military Affairs, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Headquarters in New York, becoming first Kenyan and African to hold this position following a competitive international selection process. As Chief of Staff, he formed the Kenya-UN Club, bringing together all Kenyans working at the UN, serving as the Founder Chairman. He is currently the Director of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at the Kenya Defence Headquarters in Kenya.
Stephen Mwachofi Singo is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Maseno University (Kenya). He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Moi University (Kenya). He has also successfully completed professional courses in Peacebuilding; Diplomacy, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Kenya, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, and Austria.
He is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi (Kenya) where he teaches Security Studies and Comparative Politics. He has also taught at Moi University (Kenya).
He has over 17 years of experience in project management in the fields of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control, disarmament, and peacebuilding at the national, regional, and international levels. From 2002-2006, Singo served as Research and Peacebuilding Programme Coordinator at Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC), Kenya, where he coordinated research projects focusing on illicit small arms proliferation in the Karamoja cluster (Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia).
Singo was the Director of Peace and Security Programme at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) based in Bujumbura (Burundi) from 2007 to 2014. In this role, he oversaw the implementation of six (6) peace and security projects in 12 countries. He also served as a member of the African Union Steering Committee on SALW representing ICGLR from 2009-2014. From 2012 to 2013, he was Chief of Staff of the Facilitation Secretariat of the Peace talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and M23 rebels held in Kampala (Uganda), under the auspices of the ICGLR.
He has been involved in international arms control and disarmament processes over the last 10 years, notably the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA). He is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Arms Trade Treaty Monitor and is involved in Control Arms and International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).
His research interests include the link between illicit small arms proliferation and development. He is currently a consultant at Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC) (Kenya), and International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi (Kenya).
Ambassador Erastus Mwencha is the immediate former Vice Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). He was elected to this position in January 2008 by the Heads of State and Government of the 54 Member States of the African Union, and re-elected to the same position in July 2012. Prior to his election at the AUC, he worked at Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) for over 25 years, and served as its Secretary General for 10 years.
Amb. Mwencha contributed to the transformation of the regional body into a viable economic integration entity, with the largest free trade area (FTA) in Africa. He was particularly instrumental in contributing to the expansion of intra-COMESA trade, developing programs for private sector cooperation and trade with the rest of world, spearheading regional hard and soft infrastructure programs in transport, communication, and energy. He also developed the continental negotiating position for the Doha Round of Negotiations of the World Trade Organization, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and actively supported the programs to integrate women in development.
Amb. Mwencha has also held several senior roles within the Ministry of Industry in Kenya.
Dr. Hassan Khannenje is the current Director of the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies, a research and policy think-do tank based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Fulbright Scholar with a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Florida (USA). He holds Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (USA); studied Diplomacy and International Studies from the University of Nairobi (Kenya); and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Nairobi (Kenya).
Dr. Khannenje is an author and practitioner specializing in Conflict Analysis and Resolution; International Relations; Nonviolence; Diplomacy, and Foreign Affairs, Peace and Security, and addressing Terrorism and Violent Extremism especially the confluence between religiosity, politics, and conflict. He is also an adjunct professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a resource person with Kenya’s Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well as an expert consultant with various local and international media houses that include BBC, CGTN, Al Jazeera, and ZDF on Issues of conflict, terrorism, security and diplomacy.
Dr. Elvin Nyukuri holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Development Policy and Practice from The Open University (United Kingdom) and a Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from University of Nairobi (Kenya).
Dr. Nyukuri is a Researcher in Environmental Governance, Climate Resilience and Natural Resource Conflicts. She is also a Lecturer in Environmental Diplomacy at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP)-University of Nairobi. She is actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research including environmental governance and policy, climate change, and food security while working at African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) for nearly a decade.
She currently serves as a program committee member of the Leading Integrated Research Agenda for Africa, 2030. She has also served as a reviewer of the Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement program (CIRCLE) by DFID. She has consulted for International Organizations including IIED, ODI, Practical Action, IUCN, World Agro-forestry Centre, Pegasis and International Universities: IDS Sussex, University of Reading, LSE, and University of Life Sciences in Norway. She continues to inform policy through research and teaching.
Jules Swinkels holds a Master of Arts in Military Strategic Studies from the Royal Dutch Defence Academy (The Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political History and International Relations, with a minor in Islamic Studies from Utrecht University (The Netherlands).
Previously, he served as research lead for an advocacy campaign in Nairobi, Kenya, conducting interviews and focus group discussions on abuse of power in Kenya’s counter-terrorism strategies. Additionally, he did research on the role of narratives and counter-narratives on identity in Kenya, and how proper narratives can serve as defence against human rights violations in counter-terrorism operations.
Swinkels also co-founded ‘De Focus’, a Dutch non-profit foundation aimed at strengthening the relationship between society and scholars by transforming academic articles into challenging short stories.
His specialties include Framing and Influencing; Conflict; War; Strategy; and International Relations. He currently serves as a Research Fellow at the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Dr. Halkano Abdi Wario holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Islamic Studies) from Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth (Germany); Master of Philosophy in Religion, and a Bachelor of Education (Arts), both from Moi University (Kenya).
Dr. Wario is a Lecturer in Religion at the Department of Philosophy, History and Religion, Egerton University. He is also a Senior Volkswagen Foundation Humanities Research Fellow at the same university with a research project that explores the nexus of religious knowledge and de-radicalization strategies in Muslim majority urban spaces in Kenya.
His research interests include Mediation and Mediatization of Religious Knowledge; Religious Transnationalism; Religion and Spatiality; Religion and Security; Islamic Reformism in East Africa; Emerging Trends in Islamic Law in Africa; and Dynamics of Countering Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Emmanuel Kisiangani holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Studies from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). He currently lectures at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi (Kenya) on International Conflict Management, Theory and Practice of Security and Energy; and International Relations.
Dr. Kisiangani has previously worked in various research and teaching capacities in South Africa and Kenya. His areas of research interest include Conflict Analysis and Early Warning; Political Governance and Democracy; Radicalization; Violent Extremism and Terrorism; International Conflict and Peace Building; and Transitional Justice and Diplomatic Discourse. Dr. Kisiangani also has a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation.
Dr. Sellah Nasimiyu King’oro holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from Kisii University (Kenya); a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nairobi (Kenya); a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Maseno University (Kenya); and a Bachelor of Laws from Mount Kenya University. She also holds two postgraduate diplomas from Bradford University (United Kingdom) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).
Dr. King’oro is a researcher with more than fourteen years’ experience in peace, social cohesion, social justice, and social policy research. Currently, she is the Head of the Research, Policy and Planning Department of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission where she has worked for more than seven years. Prior to her appointment at NCIC, she was a researcher at Development Policy Management Forum, a Programme officer at Peace and Development Network and a chairperson of the Conflict Analysis Group at the National Steering Committee of Peace Building and Conflict Management in the office of the president.
She is a Rotary Peace Fellow and a Chevening Fellow. She was appointed as the Global Peace Index ambassador in 2015 by the Institute for Economics and Peace (USA) following her effort in leading the development of the 2013 social cohesion index for Kenya. She is also the President of Rotary District 9212 Alumni Association which covers Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. She has published several peer reviewed articles on peace, governance and democracy and has presented unpublished papers in a number of international and national conferences.
Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science West Virginia University, Morgantown (USA). He holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Brock University (Canada), and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Public Policy from West Virginia University, Morgantown (USA).
Hashi is an expert in institution building and an international consultant on the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalization. Mr. Hashi was until April 1, 2017, the Minister of Education, Culture, and Higher Learning in the Federal Republic of Somalia. He also served as a member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia between August 2012 and December 2016.
Previously, he was the Minister of State for Planning and International Cooperation, Puntland State, Somalia. He has also served as a diplomat for his country in Canada and the United Kingdom.