APN Advisory Board Members

Board Members

Rita Abrahamsen Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa

Anouar Boukhars Associate Professor, International Relations, McDaniel College

Stephen J Del Rosso Director, Carnegie Corporation of New York

João Gomes Porto Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University

Heidi Hudson Professor, International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State

Gilbert Khadiagala Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Director of the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS), University of the Witwatersrand

Khabele Matlosa Director, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission

Pamela Mbabazi Head, Research and Policy Analysis, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University

Andre Mbata Mangu Professor, Department of Public, Constitutional, and International Law, University of South Africa

Henrietta Mensa Bonsu Professor of Law, and Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana

Michelle Ndiaye Ntab Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), Institute for Peace and Security Studies

Amy Niang senior lecturer, Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand

Ayodeji Olukoju Professor, Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Nigeria

Kenneth Omeje Senior Research Fellow and the Deputy Director, John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies, University of Bradford

Ismail Rashid Professor, History Department, Vassar College; Advisory Board Chair

Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa. She is the author (with M.C. Williams) of Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa (Zed Books, 2000), and editor (with A. Leander) of Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (Routledge, 2016) and Conflict and Security in Africa (James Currey, 2013). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including African Affairs, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Journal of Modern African Studies, Political Studies, Security Dialogue, Third World Quarterly, and Review of African Political Economy. She was joint-editor of African Affairs, the highest ranked journal in African studies, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Prof. Abrahamsen was in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, and she has been visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo, the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Sydney.

Anouar Boukhars is an Associate Professor of International Relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and a nonresident scholar in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Professor Boukhars is a former visiting fellow with the Brookings Doha Center and author of Politics in Morocco: Executive Monarchy and Enlightened Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2010). He also co-edited Perilous Desert: Sources of Saharan Insecurity (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2013) and Perspectives on Western Sahara: Myths, Nationalisms and Geopolitics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). His other publications have appeared in a number of outlets, including the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, African Security Review, Journal of Conflict Studies, International Political Science Review, European Security, and Orient. Professor Boukhars received in PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University.

Stephen Del Rosso (ex-officio) is director of international peace and security at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where his work focuses on a range of issues including peacebuilding, nuclear security, and the dynamics of global power. He was director of programs at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations from 1996–99 and managed the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Security Program for almost six years. A former career diplomat, Del Rosso served nearly ten years in the US Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean. In Washington he served in the Operations Center and on the Executive Secretariat staff of Secretary of State George Shultz, as program coordinator of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and as arms control legislative management officer and director of the Office of Legislative Management. He was also a presidential management intern in the international affairs division at NASA, news producer for the Voice of America, and staff assistant to British member of Parliament Julian Critchley. Del Rosso holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow; a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and a BA from Tufts University. He serves on several not-for-profit boards and is a member of various international affairs–related membership organizations.

João Gomes Porto is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa, Italy; and occasionally the Institute for African Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He is also an advisor to the Crisis Management Initiative and works extensively in the policy research and capacity building fields. Professor Gomes Porto has served in a continuous advisory consultant role to the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission since 2005, working directly in support of the Continental Early Warning System and the Panel of the Wise. Since 1998, he has acted as a consultant, advisor, and expert for several African sub-regional organizations, donor agencies, multilateral organizations, and think tanks, including the ECOWAS, COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, UN, EU, GIZ, DFID, swisspeace, UNECA, and UNOWA. Professor Gomes Porto holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Heidi Hudson is a Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She is a member of the Committee on the Status of Women of the International Studies Association (ISA) and was a Global Fellow of the Oslo Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Norway from 2014 to 2016. She is co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and serves on several editorial boards, including International Peacekeeping, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, The Australasian Review of African Studies, and Politikon. She has published articles in, among others, Peacebuilding, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Politics & Gender, International Peacekeeping, and African Security Review. Her current research interests concentrate on discursive and material gender deficits of liberal peacebuilding in the postcolony. Some of her research also focuses on the gendering of Africa’s International Relations and postcolonial/decolonial epistemic resistance.

Gilbert M. Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Director of the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously taught comparative politics and international relations in Kenya, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Khadiagala holds a doctorate in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. His research focuses on security and politics in eastern Africa, southern Africa, and the Great Lakes region. He is the recent author of Meddlers or Mediators? African Interveners in Civil Conflicts in Eastern Africa (E.J. Brill, 2007) and coeditor of When Elephants Fight: Preventing and Resolving Election-Related Violence in Africa (Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa, 2010).

André Mbata Mangu is currently a research professor in the Department of Public, Constitutional, and International Law at the University of South Africa. He is also an ordinary professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Kinshasa and has served as a visiting professor at several other universities, including the University of Paris 13, the University of Paris Sud, and the University of Addis Ababa. Prior to teaching at the University of South Africa, he taught at the University of the North, currently the University of Limpopo, in South Africa. He holds a bachelor’s degree (LLB) from the University of Kinshasa as well as a master’s degree in law (LLM) and a doctoral degree in law (LLD) from the University of South Africa. A renowned African social scientist and constitutional law scholar, Professor Mangu is a member of the executive committee of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL). He was elected member of the National Assembly after serving on the Interim Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law and a fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Programme in international law. Professor Mangu has participated in numerous scholarly meetings and addressed audiences in Africa, America, and Europe. His research interests include constitutionalism, the rule of law, democratization, elections, human rights, African comparative law, and the law of the African Union. He has authored or coauthored several books or monographs, including Hommage à Nelson Mandela. Leçons de leadership pour les dirigeants africains et du monde présents et à venir (2014); Mandats présidentiels et révisions constitutionnelles en Afrique: La République Démocratique du Congo dans la perspective de l’échéance 2016 (2013); Barack Obama et les défis du changement global (2012); Obama’s Election and Change: Lessons for the World, Africa and US Foreign Policy (2011); Abolition de la peine de mort et constitutionnalisme en Afrique (2011); Nationalisme, panafricanisme et reconstruction africaine (2006); and Universités et libertés académiques en République Démocratique du Congo (2005). Mangu is also a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals, including South African Yearbook of International Law, African Journal of Democracy and Governance, and International Journal of African Renaissance Studies. He founded the Institute for Democracy, Governance, Peace and Development in Africa (IDGPA) and is the editor of its African Journal of Democracy and Governance. Professor Mangu speaks English and French.

Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu is the Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy and Professor of Law at the University of Ghana School of Law. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Mensa-Bonsu has researched and published extensively on criminal law and justice, family law, and children’s rights. Currently, she teaches Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice at the University of Ghana School of Law and serves as a civilian mentor to both the ECOWAS and UN Senior Mission Leaders Courses. Professor Mensa-Bonsu has served in a number of high-level national and international capacities, including on Ghana’s National Reconciliation Commission, the Ghana Police Council, and currently the National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism. In 2015, she served on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the current blueprint for UN peace operations around the world.

Khabele Matlosa is the director of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the African Union Commission (AUC). Before this, he served as program advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Centre for East and Southern Africa (RSC-ESA) and contributed substantially to strengthening UNDP’s strategic partnership with both the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on continental governance initiatives. He also previously served as program director at the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he supported and provided critical policy development, analysis, and advisory services to continental and subregional institutions in the process of consolidating democratic governance and advancing a culture of democratic and credible elections. Dr. Matlosa has extensive experience working with scholars, civil society organizations, think tanks, international development agencies, activists, and policymakers in the fields of policy analysis and policy advocacy, with a particular emphasis on the development of democracy normative frameworks, electoral norms and standards, electoral reforms, and election observation in Africa. He has also written and published extensively on democracy, elections, conflict management, and governance in Africa. Khabele Matlosa holds a PhD in political economy from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Pamela Mbabazi is head of research and policy analysis at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. Previously she was a professor of development studies at Mbarara University, and prior to that Mbabazi served as the dean of development studies at Mbarara University (1998–2010), where she established the Faculty of Development Studies, which has now been transformed into an institute. She moved up the ranks to become the deputy vice chancellor of Mbarara University (2010–2015), where she served her term for five years. Mbabazi has served on several boards, including the African Research and Resource Centre, the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy, and the National Council for Science and Technology, among others. Mbabazi is a former Fulbright African Scholar, having spent time at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies in Washington, DC, in 2006, doing research and writing on the topic of developmental states in Africa. She also was the Claude Ake Visiting Professor at the Nordic Africa Institute in 2013 and was a Visiting Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Leeds in 2012, conducting research and writing on the topics of oil governance and land governance, respectively. Her current areas of research include the changing nature and character of the state in Africa, the political economy of oil, peacebuilding, and land governance in Africa. Some of her publications include “Women Have Always Had Their Special Place in History as Peace Makers: Women and Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region” (2015); and “Land Deals in Uganda: An Invisible Hand in Land Grabbing and Rural Development,” coauthored with Robert Muriisa and Medard Twinamatsiko. Others include “The Emerging Oil Industry in Uganda: A Blessing or a Curse?” (2012); “Two Africas, Two Ugandas?” (2010), coauthored with Tim Shaw; and The Potentiality of Developmental States in Africa (2005), coedited with Ian Taylor.

Michelle Ndiaye-Ntab is the director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, which is a joint program with the African Union Commission. Ndiaye-Ntab has worked on a variety of projects with various local and international organizations and has a wealth of experience in the field of democratic and local governance, post-conflicts and community recovery, sustainable development and environmental issues, corporate social responsibility, transitional justice, communication, and research. She has an extensive political and administrative managerial background and experience in large-scale, multidonor development program management. Before joining the IPSS she was the managing director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and previously the executive director of Greenpeace Africa. She graduated with a BA in political science from Quebec University, Montreal, Canada. She holds a master’s degree in public law and a postgraduate degree (DEA) in political science from University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. Ndiaye-Ntab is currently a doctoral candidate at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Amy Niang is a senior lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Niang received her PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK and was an APN Individual Research Grant recipient in 2013. Her research is informed by a broad interest in the history of state formation and related processes. She also investigates substantive questions around theory-formation, representation and knowledge-making in/on the non-West, particularly in reference to “Africa” as a moral, material, and political field of inquiry. Her work has been published in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political; Politics; Afrique Contemporaine; African Economic History; African Studies, and in a number of edited collections. She has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, and the West African Research Centre. She is a member of the advisory board of African Affairs, Millennium-Journal of International Studies, Critical African Studies, and the Brazilian Journal of International Relations.

Ayodeji Olukoju holds a BA First Class Honours from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA and PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has taught at the University of Lagos since 1987, and was appointed professor in 1998. He also has served as head of the Department of History and Dean of Arts. Olukoju was the University of Lagos’ best researcher in the Arts and Humanities in 2006 and 2009. A fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, he was a two-term Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Nigeria from 2010 to 2016. Professor Olukoju is the author of over 100 scholarly publications on Nigerian and comparative maritime, social, economic, and urban history, including Maritime Trade, Port Development and Administration: The Japanese Experience and Lessons for Nigeria (Tokyo, 1996), Infrastructure Development and Urban Facilities in Lagos, 1861-2000 (Ibadan, 2003), The “Liverpool” of West Africa: The Dynamics and Impact of Maritime Trade in Lagos (Trenton, NJ, 2004), Culture and Customs of Liberia (Westport, CT, 2006), and The Fourteenth Commissar of Works: The Life and Labour of Rauf Aregbesola (Lagos & Winnipeg, 2007). A recipient of the Japan Foundation, British Academy, Henry Charles Chapman, Leventis Foundation, Institute of Developing Economies (Tokyo), and DAAD postdoctoral research fellowships, Olukoju has served on the editorial boards of African Economic History (Madison, WI), Afrika Zamani: Journal of the Associations of African Historians (Dakar), Journal of African History (Cambridge, UK) and History in Africa: A Journal of Method (Madison, USA). Professor Olukoju is the first-ever African member of the Executive Committee of the International Maritime Economic History Association (IMEHA). He has consulted for UNESCO, Ford Foundation, the Netherlands Foundation for Tropical Research, the Israel Science Foundation and the Nigerian National Merit Award Board. He has been external examiner and professorial assessor at several Nigerian, Ghanaian, and UK universities.

Kenneth Omeje is a Senior Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies at the University of Bradford, UK; as well as Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Research Fellow, Centre for African Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Department of Political Science and Defence Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, and has authored more than 80 publications, with a research focus on conflict, security, regional integration, and peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Professor Omeje is a Fellow of the West Africa Institute in Praia, Cape Verde and a member of the Scientific Committee of the UN-mandated University for Peace Africa Programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was an APN Individual Research Grant recipient in 2013.

Ismail Rashid grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and has been teaching at Vassar College since 1998. He received his BA (with honors) in classics and history from the University of Ghana, an MA in race relations from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, and his PhD in African history from McGill University, Canada. His primary teaching interests are precolonial and modern African history, African diaspora and Pan-Africanism, and international relations. His research interests include subaltern resistance against colonialism, and conflicts and security in contemporary Africa. Among his recent publications are West Africa’s Security Challenges (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004), coedited with A. Adebajo; “Epidemics and Resistance in Sierra Leone During the First World War,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, (2011); “Religious Militancy and Violence in West Africa: A Study of Islam in Sierra Leone,” coauthored with Kevin O’Brien, in Militancy and Violence in West Africa: Religion, Politics and Radicalization, edited by James Gow, ‘Funmi Olonisakin, and Ernst Dijxhorn (Routledge, 2013); and The Paradoxes of History and Memory in Postcolonial Sierra Leone (Lexington Books, 2013), coedited with Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley. He is currently the Chair of the APN Advisory Board.

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