CSDS team comprises highly respected professors, senior lawyers, former security chiefs, healthcare leaders, finance, business and governance experts. Many of our experts have worked both locally and internationally.
- John Allen, Chair Security and Strategy, Brookings Institution, USA
John R. Allen was born on December 15, 1953 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S. His father, Joseph K. Allen, was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean was who retired as a lieutenant commander. John attended Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. He graduated with military honors form the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. He is also a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Allen’s personal decorations include Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 3 Award Stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (gold awards star), Leftwich Leadership Trophy, Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, Military Division, among many others.
- Osei B. Dickson, Esq HKSEE ’09 Chief Legal Advisor, Security Intelligence Expert, Ghana
Osei Bonsu Dickson is a Ghanaian Lawyer, Author and Legal Academic in National Security Law and Policy. He is Chief Legal Advisor at the National Security Council Secretariat, Adjunct Lecturer in Business and National Security Law at Wisconsin University. He was educated at the University of Ghana, Ghana School of Law and Harvard University.
- Henry Aaron, Snr Fellow Brookings Institution, USA
Henry Jacob Aaron is an American policy analyst and economist. He was born on June 16, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
He is the Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he has been employed since 1968. He served as director of the program from 1990 through 1996. Aaron is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. From 1967 until 1989, in addition to his role at Brookings, Aaron taught at the University of Maryland. From 1996-1997, Aaron was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. From 1997-1998, he was Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the next year he chaired the Advisory Council on Social Security. Aaron received the 2007 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance.
Aaron was nominated to the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) by President Barack Obama, receiving confirmation to the post by the United States Senate in 2014. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the SSAB. He is a proponent of a single-payer health care system, though he has questioned the feasibility of implementation in the United States. He is a Policy Analyst and an Economist. He is also a Board member of Centre on Budget and Policy Priorities, Social Security Advisory Board.
- Prof (Emeritus) Malcolm Sparrow, Harvard University, USA
Professor Sparrow is Professor of the Practice Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the Chair of the HKS Executive Program “Strategic Management of Regulatory & Enforcement Agencies” (SMREA).
Professor Sparrow is a mathematician by training, he joined the British Police Service in 1977, serving for ten years and rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. At that rank, he headed the Kent County Constabulary Fraud Squad. He has also conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and had extensive experience of criminal investigations and general police management. His research interests relate to the risk-control functions of government, and to the special managerial challenges which confront agencies of social regulation and law enforcement. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University (England); an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government; and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (England).
- Michael White, HKSEE ‘09, Head, Air & Missile Defense, John Hopkins Univ. USA
Mr. Michael White has a B S in Aerospace Engineering and MS in Aerospace Engineering all from the University of Maryland.
- Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Dean, GAFCSC, Ghana
Dr. Vladimir Antwi- Danso is a highly experienced researcher and consultant to many international organizations in the fields of regional economic cooperation and integration, international finance and trade, and especially international security and geo-politics. He is the author of several conference papers, monographs and articles in scholarly journals. He holds a PhD from the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University; a Post-graduate Diploma from the Pushkin’s Institute, Moscow; Master of Arts in International Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, Legon.
He is the Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy and also of the Academic Affairs for Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. He is a regular commentator on socio-political as well as international issues and writes on such issues for local and international papers and/or journals.
- Christopher Scott Adams, Expert Border and Port Security, Rand Corporation
Chris Adams is a Policy Analyst at RAND. His research interests and experience include homeland security, international security and development, operations research, and data analysis. Prior to joining RAND, he worked for 3.5 years at ANSER, primarily on homeland security research projects. Before that, he worked on risk management in international development projects with both the State Department and the Government Accountability Office. He holds an MPP from Georgetown University, with a focus on quantitative methods, and a BA in biology and government from Bowdoin College.
Christopher’s research focus is on border and Port security; counterterrorism, Databases and Data Collection, Analysis and Processing; Global Security; Operations Research. Other related topics include Operations Research.
- Lilian Ablon, Expert Open Source Intelligence, Rand Corporation
Lillian Ablon is an information scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She conducts technical and policy research on topics spanning cyber security, emerging technologies, privacy and security in the digital age, computer network operations, digital exhaust, and the human element. Recent research topics include longevity and collision rates of zero-day software vulnerabilities and their exploits; cyber risks to the supply chain; coverage and risks of cyber insurance; consumer attitudes towards data breach notifications; the intersection of commercial technology companies and public policy; black markets for cybercrime tools and stolen data as well as the white, grey, and black markets for zero-day exploits; social engineering and open source intelligence; methods for zero-day vulnerability detection; tools and technologies for greater cyber situational awareness; future and emerging technologies and the 2020-2040 operating environment; and privacy concerns with digital identity.
Prior to joining RAND, Ablon worked with some of the most cutting edge technologies in cryptography, network exploitation and vulnerability analysis, and mathematics. She won an “uber” black badge at DEFCON 21 and holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.
- Kwesi Aning, Security Expert, Head KAIPTC, Ghana
Dr. Kwesi Aning is the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana and Clinical Professor of Peacekeeping Practice at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1998 and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Ghana in 1986. He has served with the African Union from 2005 to 2007 as the first continental Expert on the Common African Defence and Security Policy (CADSP) and Counter-terrorism located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with responsibility for the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT). Subsequently, he served as a senior consultant to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the UN in New York and wrote a Secretary-General’s Report for the Security Council on ‘The relationship between the UN and regional Organisations especially the African Union’ in 2008.
Furthermore, he serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Council on Conflict Prevention. In 2006, he was appointed as the first independent evaluator of the UN’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism. In 2014, he again wrote (together with Peter Allen) the second evaluation report on the UN’s Global Report. In 2015, he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as a member of his Advisory Group to the Peace building Fund. Dr. Aning has over 150 publications to his credit including books, book chapters, journal articles and policy briefs.
- Peter Nanfuri, Fmr IGP/ Former Director BNI, Ghana
Peter Tenganabang Nanfuri is the Paramount Chief of the Jirapa Traditional Area with the title Naa Ansoleh Ganaa II. He is the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Ghana. He was in office from October 1, 1996- January 21, 2001. Peter was born at Jirapa, a town in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He studied at the University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained B.A. degree in Political Science and a law degree.
Nanfuri worked in various capacities within the Ghana Police Service. He was once the Director of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) 1986 in that deals with state security related issues.
- Julie Sattler, HKSEE 09, Vice President, Lockheed Martin, USA
Julie Sattler earned bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from San Jose University and is a graduate of the Executive Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security and Lockheed Martin Executive Development and Leadership Program. Sattler also mentors a host of early and mid-career Lockheed Martin Professional and is actively involved in several organizations including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Women Engineers and the Defense Industrial Association.
Julie A. Sattler was presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by The Women in Aerospace (WIA) national organisation, during a November 1 ceremony in Washington D.C. Sattler is a Lockheed Martin employee. She was recognised for her leadership in the development of space-based communication systems that protect warfighters worldwide and for her contributions to the advancement of future leaders. Sattler has also successfully delivered other critical programs, including Milstar and the Defense Satellite Communications System.
- Johnny Kwadjo, Fmr Dep. National Security Coordinator
Johnny Kwadjo works with The African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR) in Accra, Ghana. He was the lead official who oversaw the implementation of Ghana’s seminal Security and Intelligence Agencies Act (1996) within the country’s Intelligence Agencies.
Formerly, he was Ghana’s Deputy National Security Coordinator (1997-2001), Head of Mission and Ambassador of Ghana to the Republic of Togo (1986-1997) and Director of the West Africa Desk of the Ghana Foreign Ministry’s Research Department (1984-1986). He co-edited the book, “Changing Intelligence Dynamics in Africa”.
- Prof Ofosu Armaah, Fmr Dean and Head, Special Branch
Ofosu- Armaah was for many years the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana. He was a former Director of the then Special Branch, now the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He is of Lexcom Associates, one of the heavyweight law firms steeped in the Danquah- Busia tradition. Professor George Ofosu- Armaah has been a Presiding Member of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
- Commissioner Yemi Ogunjemilusi, HKSEE 09, UN Peacekeeping, Sudan
Yemi is a Deputy Commissioner at Nigeria Police Force/ UNAMID. He was also once the Kogi State Commissioner of Police.
- Dame Stella Rimington, DCB, Fmr Director-General of MI5
Dame is a British author and former Director General of MI5, a position she held from 1992 to 1996. She was the first female Director General of MI5, and the first Director General whose name was publicized on appointment. Rimington worked in all three branches of the Security Service: counter espionage, counter subversion, and counter terrorism between 1969 and 1990.
She retired from MI5 in 1996. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in the New York Honours List in 1996. Rimington’s work after leaving MI5 has been as a non-executive director for companies such as Marks & Spencer and BG Group. She received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her support for openness about the work of the secret service in 2009. Her first novel, “At Risk”, details her knowledge of spy operations.
- Dr. Karen Greenberg, Fordham University, USA
Karen Joy Greenberg is an American historian, professor, and author. She is Director of the Centre on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. Greenberg founded the Centre on National Security at Fordham University School of Law in September 2011, and currently serves as Director.
Greenberg oversees both The Soufan Group Morning Brief and The Stroz Friedberg Cyber Brief, which are email newsletters distributed to the Centre’s subscribers daily and weekly respectively. From 2003 to 2011, Greenberg served as the founding Executive Director of the Centre on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. She also served as a visiting or adjunct faculty member at New York University from 1994 to 2009. She previously taught at Bard College and served as Vice President for Programs at the Soros Foundation. She has written extensively on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, terrorism, civil liberties, and U.S. national security. She is widely cited as a leading expert on national security and terrorism in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and many other media outlets. Greenberg earned a B.A. in history from Cornell University and a PhD in history from Yale University. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
- Gen. Danny Issacharoff, (Rtd) International Security Consultants, Israel
General Issacharoff was a Commanding Officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Currently, he is the Founder and President of International Security Consultancy (ISC), a firm that works in ten countries and is active in the fields of consultancy and training for aviation security, physical security, investigations etc.
He has expertise in management of security consultancy companies, security consultancy in aviation security, physical security, gathering and analyzing intelligence, management of large security projects etc. from 1968 to 1982, he worked with the Israeli Government Intelligence and Security Agencies. While there, he rendered services in field operations in anti- terror and counter intelligence, aviation security, overall responsibility for the security of all Israeli representations in the world, responsible for the security of all Israeli interests in Europe during a period of serious terror attacks (1977- 80) posted in Paris. He is fluent in Hebrew, English, Arabic and German.
- Brigadier Gen. (Dr) EW Kotia, Defense & Security Expert, Dep. Commandant, KAIPTC
Brigadier General (Dr) Emmanuel Wekem Kotia is the Deputy Commandant at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (First Class Honors) in Political Science from the University of Ghana, a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Global Security from the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Ghana.
General Kotia was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces in 1986 into the Artillery Corps of the Ghana Army. He has served in several UN Peacekeeping Missions as a military officer, including four tours with the UN Mission in Lebanon. He was the Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon from 2006 to 2007. Other Peace Operations he has served are: ECOMOG (Liberia, 1990), MINURSO (Western Sahara, 1994), UNTAC (Cambodia, 1992), UNAMIR (Rwanda, 1993) and MONUC (DRC, 2002). Within the military he was the Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Army from 2005 to 2009. He also served as a Directing Staff/Lecturer at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed a Clinical Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kennesaw State University, USA in 2013. He lectures the KAIPTC post graduate courses in Conflict, Peace and Security; and Gender Peace and Security. He also lectures two courses on the MSc programme in Defense and International Politics at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).
- Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Fmr Director Gen. GHS, Director, Global Health Security
Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira is a former Director General of the Ghana Health Service and the director of Human Resource at Ministry of Health. He is medical doctor who has specialized in Domiciliary Health Care, Health Systems Development and Human Resource Recruitment. He was also the Regional Director of health services from 1992-2008. He has an executive masters in leadership and governance, Organizational leadership and governance from The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
He is a Foundation Fellow, part of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, Master of Public Health (University of Leeds) MD, and School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
- Moshe Lan, International Security Consultants, Israel
Moshe Lan is the General Manager of International Security Consultancy, a post he has held since 1993. He has various technical and commanding courses in the military service. He was the Officer in the Signal Corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Between the years 1959-83, he served in the Israeli Security Agency as the director of operations Division; a rank equivalent to that of a full Colonel. He was also Security Officer in various countries responsible for Israeli missions.
He has expertise in Advanced courses in Business Administration at the Technion in Haifa, Systems inspection and control, current security, design of complex comprehensive security systems. He speaks Hebrew, English and Spanish.
- Benjamin Gleitman, International Security Consultants, Israel
Benjamin is an Electronic Engineer, Specialist in Safety, Security Command and Control System. He holds a BSc. in electronic engineering (1965-1969 Israeli Technical Institute in Haifa), Diploma in engineering management (Israeli Technical Institute Tel Aviv), Courses in management and technical writing, courses in the operational aspects of security, participation in seminars and exhibitions of safety and security in Europe and USA, Member in the group preparing the Israeli standards for Fire Detection and Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems.
He has worked in the Israeli defense forces as a Technical officer (Captain) in the intelligence forces from 1969-1973. From 1973-84, he was the Systems engineer in security, safety, command control and communication. From 1995 to date, he has been working with The Israeli Security and Investigations Collage (The Israeli branch of IBSSA) – teaching security engineering aspects.
22. Hon. Kofi Totobi Kwakye, Fmr Minister for National Security
Totobi Kwakye had his tertiary education at the University of Cape Coast. He was the Minister for National Security from 1997-2001 and was also once the Minister of Information under President Rawlings’ government. Honorable Kofi Totobi assumed the chairmanship of the board of National Communications Authority on 27th August, 2009. He has over 35 years of continuous experience in national and international politics as well as managerial leadership in public service with extensive knowledge in communication, security and governance.
- Lt. General Tad Oelstrom (US), Fmr Director, National Security Program, Harvard Univ.
Lt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom is superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He directs a four-year academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor’s degree and commission as an Air Force officer. His education background is as follows: 1965 Bachelor of science degree in engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1969 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 1977 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 1977 Master of business administration degree, Auburn University, Ala., 1980 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., 1981 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
The general was born in Milwaukee and earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy. A career fighter pilot, he is a graduate of the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base. He flew 240 combat missions in Southeast Asia and served as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force flying Hawker Hunter aircraft. He has commanded a squadron, three wings and the 3rd Air Force. Amongst the numerous awards and decorations he has won include Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster etc.
- James Bamford, National Security Agency Expert, USA
James Bamford is an American bestselling author and journalist noted for his writing about United States Intelligence agencies, especially the National Security Agency (NSA). Bamford has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, as a distinguished visiting professor and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and many other publications. He won the National Magazine Award for Reporting for his article, “The Man Who Sold The War”, published in Rolling Stone; the top prize in magazine writing.
In 2014, Bamford conducted the lengthiest in person interview to date with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow. He has numerous articles and books to his name. He is generally known as an author who writes about United States intelligence agencies.
- Bruce Schneier, Computer Security and Privacy Specialist, USA
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is an author of 13 books- including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World- as well as hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto- Gram” and his blog “Scheier on Security” are read by over 250, 000 people.
He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org; and a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient.
- Antoinette Louw, Institute of Security Studies, South Africa
Antoinette Louw is a senior research fellow with the International Crime in Africa Programme in the Tshwane (Pretoria) office. She is responsible for project managing the international criminal justice work undertaken by the programme. Antoinette was previously with the Crime, Justice and Politics Programme at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), where she served as a senior research fellow and as programme head for several years. She has been researching crime, violence and criminal justice in South Africa since 1991 when she joined the Centre for Social and Development Studies at the University of Natal.
Since 1997 when she joined the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), her work in the policy research field has covered victimization surveys, crime prevention policy and practice, policing and public perceptions of justice and safety. Antoinette holds an MA degree in political studies from the University of Natal. Works by Antoinette include African Efforts to Close the Impunity Gap Lessons for Complementarity from National and Regional Actions, Perspectives on Africa’s Response to the ICC’s Arrest Warrants in the Libyan Situation etc.
- Dr. Gilbert Nyaledzigbor
Dr. Nyaledzigbor is the Chief Accountant at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), Ghana. He is also the Public Relations Officer of CAGD. He has a Ph.D, MBA, ICA (GH), Bsc., University of Ghana Business School, 1994 and a Ph.D, Law and Public Policy. Dr. Gilbert has expertise in project management and analysis, project planning and management.
- Martin Amidu, Fmr Attorney General, Ghana
Martin Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012. Amidu served as the Deputy Attorney- General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government. He continued to serve as Deputy-General of Jerry Rawlings in the Fourth Republic from January 1993 until January 2001. He served as the Minister of the Interior under Mills’ government in January 2010. He later became the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Ghana following the second major cabinet reshuffle by President Mills.
Mr. Amidu graduated from the University of Ghana in 1976 with an LLB (Hons) and the Ghana Law School in 1978 with a Barrister/Solicitor at Law (BL) degree. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution from the Antioch University, Ohio, USA.
- Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali, Maritime Law & Security Expert, GAFCSC, Ghana
Kamal-Deen Ali is the Executive Director at Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa (CEMLAWS AFRICA). He is also a Naval Captain and the Director of Research at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. His academic and professional experiences span Law, Maritime Affairs, Security and International Relations. He previously served as the Legal Director of the Ghana Navy and also deployed to the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Sierra Leone (2003/2004) and DR Congo (2007/2008) where he worked in multiple capacities including field operations, training and legal affairs.
Dr Kamal-Deen is abreast with maritime issues in the Gulf of Guinea and the global environment. His expertise on maritime issues includes Law of the Sea, Maritime Security, Ocean Governance, Offshore Energy, Fisheries and Shipping Administration. He has also published significantly in these areas. His recent book “Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges” (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015) is rated as a cutting edge contribution to knowledge and research in maritime studies. He was also a Research Associate at the Africa Security Dialogue & Research (ASDR) from January 2008 to May 2016.
- Chief Supt Patience Quaye, Deputy Commandant, Police Academy, Ghana
Patience Quaye joined the Ghana Police Service in 1977, and now serves as the Director of its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.
Throughout her career, she has held several different positions within the Police Service, including positions with INTERPOL and with police training programs. She became the Director of the Anti-human trafficking unit in the 2000s, and was responsible for the prosecution and conviction of the first trafficking case ever to be prosecuted in Ghana. She arranged for the perpetrator’s extradition from Nigeria. He was prosecuted in Ghana and received a 6 year sentence. She also arranged for the release of the victims, who the Nigerian police had in custody. She was given a Trafficking in Persons Report Hero Award in 2007, in recognition for her efforts to combat modern-day slavery. Since then, she has continued to fight against human trafficking in Ghana, including helping to establish regional anti-trafficking units.
- Seidu Iddrisu, Asst Commissioner, CEPS
Seidu Iddrisu is the Assistant Commissioner/ Preventive (Enforcement) at Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) – Customs Division. He is a Lawyer and conflict management Expert. From November 2008 to present, he is the Chief Collector, Preventive Operations Unit at the GRA- Customs division. He holds a Masters in Conflict Peace and Security Studies, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (MCPS) from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)/ GIMPA. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) BL from the Ghana law school.
- Marc Arkin, Fordham University. USA
Marc M. Arkin is Professor of Law at Fordham University School of law where she concentrates on civil procedure, transnational litigation, and conflict of laws. A 1982 graduate of the Yale Law School, Professor Arkin also holds a PhD in American Religious History from the Religious Studies Department of Yale University. She clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and spent several years as a litigator in New York before joining the Fordham faculty. Professor Arkin is the author of articles in areas ranging from nineteenth century American habeas corpus practice to the influence of David Hume on the thought of James Madison and, most recently, on the role of New England regionalism in national affairs during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
In addition, Professor Arkin has written widely on law, religion, and history, for a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and The New Criterion. In addition to Fordham, Professor Arkin has taught at Boston University Law School, LUISS University Guido Carli (Rome); and Universite Jean Moulin, Insitut de Droit Compare Edouard Lambert (Lyon).
- Dr. Tim Roberts, HKSEE ’09 Director, Center for Naval Analysis, USA
Tim Roberts is a Research Team Leader at Centre for Naval Analysis (CNA), Northwestern University. From January 2004 to present, Tim has been the Director, Aviation Systems and Technology (CNA). He has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Engineering from the Northwestern University and a BS, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
- Mr. Pius Awelinga, Fmr Director/BNI
Mr. Awelinga is a former deputy BNI director and a former Director of BNI. He was also a former Senior Investigator at BNI.
- Mr. Kofi Quantson, Fmr National Security Coordinator, Ghana
Kofi Bentum Quartson is a Ghanaian security intelligence expert. He joined the Special Branch of the Ghana Police Service as a young detective and rose through the ranks to become Director. He later became the Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) when the Special Branch was reorganized and renamed BNI.
Kofi Bentum Quantson has won several awards as a public servant in his various capacities. In November 1999 he was awarded the ECOWAS Drug Control Merit Award in Dakar, Senegal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the war against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in West Africa. On the 40th Anniversary of Ghana‘s Independence on 6 March 1997, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Volta (CV), Civil Division, for his meritorious Public Service.
- Mark Jacobsohn, HKSEE 09. Fmr Principal, Hamilton Booz Allen, USA
Mark Jacobsohn is the Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, Visionary Lead for Analytics, Data Science & Machine Intelligence. He focuses on Innovation-focused Solutions and Partnerships in support of major growth initiatives. Mark was also a member of the NextGen Analytics Leadership Team.
Mark holds an MA in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University and a BA in Government at Hamilton College. He was a member, Board of Directors, Co- Chair of Strategic Planning Committee.
- Gega Mgaloblishvili, HKSEE 09, NATO
Gega Mgaloblishvili is the Acting Dean, National Defense College of the U.A.E. He is also an Associate Professor at the National Defense College of the U.A.E. He teaches core and elective courses on Diplomacy and the Strategic Leadership to senior officers and civilian personnel. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at the National Defense University, Washington DC.
Gega was a Georgian Ambassador to NATO where he coordinated the inter-agency work aimed at designing the annual agenda of reform priorities of Georgia in a form of the Annual National Program (ANP). He set priorities of the NATO-Georgia Commission’s (NGC) agenda and represented Georgia at NGC’s Ambassadorial level meetings. He represented Georgia at Euro- Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). He also led Georgia’s Euro- Atlantic integration process by conducting negotiation process with the NATO allies among others.
- Maj. Gen (Rtd) Dr. Kihalangwa, Director, Kenya Immigration Service
Major- General Gordon Kihalangwa (Rtd) was appointed as Kenya’s Director of Immigration in 2014. Dr. Kihalangwa has a wealth of experience in both security services and people management. His has contributed in strengthening Kenya’s policing and control of its borders, as well as its internal security.
Kihalangwa had a long and distinguished career in the Kenya Defence Forces. He served as Head of the Military Police before he was elevated to Assistant Chief of Defence Forces responsible for personnel and logistics at Defence Headquarters.
39. Dr Ahmed Omar, Chairperson Kenya IBM
Dr. Ahmed Omar is the Head of the Kenyan Border Management Secretariat (BMS).
- Mariam M. Khamis, Head of Security, Kenyan Port Authority, Mombasa
Mariam is the Principal Port Security Officer (Security Systems) at Kenya Ports Authority. He attended Kenyatta University and SAP Academy.
- Lt Col Gbevlo-Lartey (Rtd) Fmr National Security Coordinator
Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey was the National Security Coordinator for the Republic of Ghana. He also served as Director of Programs at the Centre for Conflict resolution in Ghana. He also served as UN Consultant-Coordinator with the UN Mission to the Cameroon-Nigeria joint Commission, the UN Military Observer in the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), Senior Military Observer with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) and Company Commander with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
He is a holder of a Master of International Relations Degree from the University of Legon, Ghana from 1999 to 2001, Solicitor and barrister-at-law, Ghana Law School from 1995 to 1999, and Bachelor of Science in Administration from 1984 to 1987.
He has also attended military courses in Ghana, the UK and India. He did Infantry Officer Carrier Courses and rose in the ranks to serve as Commander of an infantry Regiment and Directing Staff at the Senior Command and Staff College. Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey has participated in various peace missions, including with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) from May 2002 to July 2003; the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) and with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He has been the Chief Executive Officer for KASAPA Telecom Ltd from June 2014 to date. Before then, he was the National Security Coordinator for the Republic of Ghana from 16 January 2009 to May 2014. He was also Director of Programs at the Center for Conflict Resolutions in Accra from November 2007 to 16 January 2009 – where he was an instructor on mediation/alternate dispute resolution courses. Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey has also been a private legal practitioner.
- Dr. Ahmed Al Hamli. HKSEE ’09, Director, National Security Council, UAE
Dr. Ahmed Al Hamli is the founder and President of TRENDS Research & Advisory. He is an expert in matters of security and human rights. He graduated with a PhD in international public law from the University of Hull, UK, and has served in Dubai Police Force. He has acted as a consultant to the UAE government on wide range of security related issues.
- Prof Stephen Offei, Dean of Faculty of Law, Wisconsin University
Professor Offei is a past dean of the Faculty of law at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He is a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at University of London. His research interests centers on International Law
Professor Offei has wide research interests and recently as the Director of the Commonwealth Faculty of Research and Advanced Legal Studies, UK has coordinated projects for the United Nations and a variety of governments throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. He holds a BA (Law), MA, B. Phil (York, UK), PhD (Glasgow), FSALS (London).
In the course of his academic career Professor Offei has taught the following courses: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Jurisprudence & Legal Theory, Land Law, Equity & Trusts, Company Law, Mercantile Law, Public International Law, Legal Systems of the South Pacific, English Legal System, Law of Evidence, Legal Process and Methods, Legal English, Maritime Law, Revenue Law, Criminal Procedure, and Introduction to Philosophy.
- Lt Col Agbu Kefas (Rtd), Director, Blue Ear Security Consulting, Nigeria
Agbu Kefas (Rtd) is the Chairman, NIMASA & Blue Ear Security Consultant. Kefas has unique experience on intelligence and information coordination and management in the Nigerian Army, peace and conflict resolution, crisis management, security risk management. As a retired key strategist of the Nigeria Military Intelligence Corps, with experience and tested services in the volatile Niger Delta region of Nigeria, whose services span through many raveled security treats including militancy, kidnapping, restiveness and oil and gas facilities protection in the region.
He is presently serving as Adviser- Delta State water ways Security committee, a
responsibility he took up since 2007. Col Kefas holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) in Political Science and Defence Studies from the Nigerian Defense Academy, a Master of Science degree (M.Sc) in Criminology and Security Psychology from the University of Ibadan, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Delta State University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School and Said Business School, Oxford, where he completed the programmes in International security and Leadership respectively.
- Prof Ebo Hutchful, International Security Expert, Wayne University, USA
Ebo Hutchful is a professor of African Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and has taught at several other universities in Africa and North America, including the University of Toronto, Trent and Waterloo Universities in Ontario, the University of Ghana and the University of Port Harcourt.
He is a long time researcher on civil- military relations, security sector reform, and international development issues. He is the author of Ghana’s Adjustment Experience: The Paradox of Reform (James Currey, 2002). Professor Hutchful is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM). He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the UN International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC); the Governing Board of the Global Consortium for Security Transformation (GCST); and the Advisory Group of the (erstwhile) Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR).
- Rev. Prof Ofori-Amankwah, Fmr Dean of the Law Faculty, KNUST
Rev. Professor Emmanuel Hanson Ofori- Amankwah is a legal expert and a former dean of the Law Faculty, KNUST. His qualifications include LL.B; LL.M (Criminal Justice), J.S.D.; BL. (Ghana), B.L (Nigeria), BD (Legon). He has vast working experience. He has worked at the Legal Department, Ghana Commercial Bank (1972-73), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria (1973-87), University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, (1987-92), University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria (1992-98), University of Ghana, Legon, (1998-2003), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, (2003-2008), Zenith College (2009-2010) and at Pentecost University College from 2010 till date.
His areas of interest include Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Law of Evidence, Private International Law, Human Rights, Criminology and The Administration of Criminal Justice- particularly Youth, The Police and Prisons.
- Barthelemey Blede. ISS
Blede is a Senior Researcher, Security Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Before joining the ISS, Blede was a Chief Maritime Administrator in the Ivorian Maritime Police (Colonel). In this capacity he was working as an Advisor to the Director General of the Côte d’Ivoire Maritime Authority since September 2011. He also served at several other positions in the Administration and as a Chief Project Officer for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code at the Port of Abidjan from December 2004 to August 2011.
Blede was simultaneously serving as a consultant at the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), a part-time lecturer at the Abidjan Regional Maritime Academy and the National Administration School and as a modules’ facilitator at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre of Accra, Ghana.
Blede is a graduate of the World Maritime University in Malmoe, Sweden (MSC in Maritime Affairs, specialising in shipping management), a graduate of the School of Administrators of Maritime Affairs in Bordeaux, France (Degree of Maritime Administrator) and owns a Master in Economics from the University of Abidjan and certificates in inland transport and inland port management from the IFIT (Institut de Formation International en Transports) of Namur, Belgium. His main research interests are: maritime threats, maritime security strategies, maritime law and economics, shipping and port management, ISPS Code (IMO train-the-trainer course).
- Dr Freedom Onuoha, National Defence College, Nigeria
Dr. Freedom Onuoha received his doctorate degree in Political Economy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is currently the Head, Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Studies, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria. His research interests centre on organized crime, maritime security, critical infrastructure protection, terrorism and political violence.
Dr. Onuoha has published widely on the above subjects, including one (1) book, twelve (12) chapters in edited books, over 40 journal articles, seven (7) commissioned reports and four (4) occasional papers.
- Dr (Mrs) Angela Lamptey, Marine and Fisheries, UOG
Dr. (Mrs.) Angela M. Lamptey is a Lecturer at the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon. She has a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Ghana. Her research interests include Fisheries Ecology, Fish Feeding habits, Biodiversity studies (Seabirds and sea turtles), aquatic biotopes studies and water quality studies. She is a reviewer to a number of international peer-reviewed Journals and has also presented several peer reviewed papers in conferences across the world.
- Dr. Cisse Yacouba, Expert Law of the Sea, University of Ottawa
Dr Cisse Yacouba is an expert in the Law of the Sea and the French Legal System and Jurisprudence. He has extensive academic and professional experience including being a Law Professor at Universite de Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire as well as the Law faculty of the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has published a book on African Maritime Boundaries and is also the author of many journal articles/ papers on Law of the Sea. He has played a key role in Law of the Sea developments in Cote d’Ivoire and the Gulf of Guinea at large.
- Her Ladyship, Mrs Georgina-Woode, Fmr Chief Justice of Ghana
Georgina Wood is a judge and also a former police prosecution officer. She is the Former Chief Justice of Ghana and the first woman to occupy that position. She is a member of the Council of State.
Georgina Wood worked with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years. She later joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate in 1974. She rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on 12 November 2002, an appointment she had earlier declined. She was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007.
On 1 June 2007, the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus. As at June 2007, this made her the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary and also made her at the time, the highest ranked female in Ghana’s political history; that rank was surpassed by the appointment of Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo as Speaker of the 5th Parliament of Ghana’s 4th Republic in January 2009. She retired in 2017.
- His Lordship, Samuel Date-Bah, Rtd Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana
Professor Justice Samuel Kofi Date- Bah is an academic and a former Supreme Court Judge in Ghana and the Gambia. He has taught he taught various courses in various academic institutions including Contract, Tort, Commercial law and Public International Law. Academic positions he held include: 1969 to 1981, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana; 1979-1980, Associate Professor of Commercial Law, University of Nairobi; 1980–84, Professor and Head of Department of Private Law, University of Calabar, Nigeria; He also held visiting academic positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University in (1972), Yale Law School (1976) and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1998).
He was also a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana from 2008-2013. In the 1970s, he was a Member of the Ghana Law Reform Commission and between 1969 and 1979 he was a part-time legal practitioner in Accra. He has since 2000 been a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and since 1996 a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He is currently the Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission and Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is also the Board Chairman of the Data Protection Commission of Ghana.
- Papa Owusu Ankomah, Former Attorney General of Ghana
Papa Owusu-Ankomah is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party. He served as Member of Parliament for the Sekondi constituency from 1996 to 2016. He is a former Attorney- General of Ghana and was the managing partner in the practice of Owusu- Ankomah, Amanquah & Co. He was once the Deputy Majority Leader and later, elected as the Majority leader of the New Patriotic Party. He has experience in legislation.
He has seen service on a number of Parliamentary committees – the Standing Committee on Subsidiary Legislation, the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Finance Committee and the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to name but a few. He was appointed by President John Agyekum Kufour as the Minister responsible for Trade Industry, Private Sector Development and Presidential Special Initiatives.
- Opare Duncan, Deputy National Security Coordinator, Ghana
Duncan Opare is the Deputy National Security Coordinator.
- Maj. General Nii Carl Coleman, (Rtd), Defense & Governance Expert
Major General Nii Carl Coleman is a former Army General of the Ghana Army and a former Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College. He is a Security Expert. He is also the Chairman of the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI), an umbrella body made up of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the media, religious groups and other concerned organizations in Ghana.
- Prof. Boubacar N’Diaye., ASSN
Boubacar is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Pan- African Studies at The College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. He is a widely published scholar specializing in civil- military relations, security, and democratization.
He has been a consultant to various agencies and organisations in Africa, the United States and internationally, among them the African Union, the UN, ECOWAS, the Word Bank, SIPRI, ACSS and the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. Professor N’Diaye is a member of several International Advisory Boards.
- Prof. Sandy Africa, IRM Expert Southern Africa Region, University of Pretoria
Sandy Africa is an Associate Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to this, she held several senior appointments in the South African security services. From 1995 to 2001, Africa headed South Africa’s civilian intelligence services’ Academy. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Deputy Director- General Corporate Services of the South African Secret Service, and from 2004 to 2007, she was the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Intelligence, after which she formally left the service to pursue an academic career.
Africa has published several book chapter and articles on the subject of intelligence governance, mainly on South Africa’s experience of reform in this sector. Her publications include Changing Intelligence Dynamics in Africa, co-edited with Johnny Kwadjo and published by the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR), among others. She holds a Masters degree in African Politics from the University of South Africa and a PhD in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.
- Lt Col (Rtd) Jerry Kitiku, IRM Expert Great Lakes Region
Jerry Kitiku is the Director of the Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC- Kenya), a non- profit think tank that provides data and information on human security and the security sector in Kenya, the wider Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa. A retired Kenya Navy Officer, Lt. Col. Kitiku is an expert on human security dynamics and conflict.
He has both command and administrative experience at senior levels in the military and was a senior instructor at the Defence Staff College (DSC) in Nairobi. Lt. Col. Kitiku has also served for many years as a security attaché in various Kenyan diplomatic missions abroad.
- DCOP Douglas Akrofi (Rtd), Security & Law Enforcement Expert
Mr. Douglas Asiedu Akrofi (DCOP) Rtd is the National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO). He is also a former Greater Accra Regional Commander of Police
- Medhane Tadesse, Horn of Africa, IRM Expert East Africa Region
Medhane Tadesse is a specialist on African Peace and Security. He has taught at various universities in Ethiopia and abroad and has written extensively on African security and related topics, spawning four books, over 160 briefing papers, articles, commentaries and policy memos.
Professor Tadesse has served as a consultant to several African governments, international and inter- governmental organisations on issues relating to peace and stability. He runs the Peace and Security Studies Directorate at the Center for Policy Research and Dialogue (CPRD) in Juba, South Sudan. He is also a columnist and frequent commentator on global and regional security issues, and is the editor of The Current Analyst, an online journal that examines issues of peace and security in Africa.
- Dr Niagale Bagayoko-Penone. ASSN
Dr. Niagale is the Programme Manager for the Maintenance and Consolidation of Peace Programme of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). She has conducted extensive field research in several francophone African countries,, much of it anchoring on the interface between security and development.
She has been a lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) – University of Sussex (UK) and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris; an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research and Education on Strategy and Technology (US- CREST); and a Post- Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in France. In 2003, she won the Prize for Scientific Research awarded by the French Ministry of Defence. She has also been a consultant for the African Union; the Department for International Aid (DFID); the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT); the Centre for Study of the Social Science of Defence (C2SD); and the French Ministry of Defence.
- Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Nuclear Security Expert
Ambassador Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin is a Conflict Mediator, Diplomatist, Negotiator, Protocols, Mentor, Theologian and an Author. He is a highly versatile, experienced Ambassador, communicator, operating in about ten languages.
He is doctoral level in each of: Leadership/Management and Conflict Management from the USA. He is a Human resources expert of Nigeria. Ambassador by Career between August 1981- August 2016, equally a scholar of theology. In diplomacy for thirty-five years with bilateral and multilateral experiences covering: Nigeria, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, United Nations, (a security and disarmament expert of the First Committee, chair of the African Group for four years, 2007-2011,) USA and Benin Republic. He is Multilingual, Multitasked, Expert in conflict Management, communication, multilateral UN election campaign Matters. He is also an Expert in socio economic analysis.
- Prof. Edward H. Akaho, Nuclear Security Expert
Emeritus Professor Edward H.K. Akaho received his B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) Honours degree in 1976 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He obtained M.Sc. degree in Nuclear Reactor Science and Engineering and D.I.C. in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology in 1979 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, U.K. In 1982, he was awarded the Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) degree from the University of London, London, U.K. He joined the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) in 1977 and for 10 years, he was the Reactor Manager of Ghana Research Reactor-1 before he was appointed the Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.
For thirty four years, he has combined teaching with research and scientific administration. He was a Professor of Nuclear Engineering of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana until his statutory retirement in 2012. In 2013, the title of Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Engineering was conferred on him. He has participated in many IAEA Technical and Advisory Committees. In addition, Emeritus Prof. Akaho served as IAEA scientific expert to review safety analysis reports of research reactors. As an IAEA expert, he taught reactor physics and transient analysis and gave lectures on research reactor safety.
From 2006- 2012, he served as a Member of the Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec) of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. In 2008, Emeritus Prof. Akaho was appointed by IAEA/AFRA as a Chairman of High Level Steering Committee (AFRA-HLSC) on Human Resource Development and Nuclear Knowledge Management for the African region. He was appointed in 2010 as a Member of IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE) and Member of International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) of IAEA in 2010.
- Prof F.K Allotey, PhD, International Security
Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey is a Professor of Mathematics, Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development. He received his early education at the Ghana National College among the 1952 pioneer group. He pursued further studies at the University Tutorial College, London Borough Polytechnic and London Imperial College of Science and Technology where he obtained the then coveted Diploma of Imperial College (London) in 1960.
At the national level he has held the positions of Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of the Management Board, Soil Research Institute, Chairman, Ghana Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy, Vice-President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, President, Ghana Institute of Physics, National Vice-President Ghana Science Association, President, Mathematical Association of Ghana, Vice-Chairman of the Science and Technology Sector, National Development Commission, Consultant, National Committee of Curriculum Development, Founder and National Coordinator, Ghana Energy Research Group, President, Ghana Institute of Physics and Member National Energy Commission, just to mention a few.
At the international level he has given several seminars in Universities in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa on his Research Work and has participated and contributed in many International Conferences and Symposia by invitation. He has published many papers in international journals. He has acted as external examiner and also as an external assessor for professorial appointments for Universities inside and outside Ghana. He has been a Consultant to several International Institutions, including United Nations Organization, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Bureau for Information, and United Nations Industrial and Development Organization. He has also visited many nuclear installations in Russia, Poland, East Germany, Iraq, USA, India, West Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Yugoslavia etc.
- Anicia Lala, Security Sector Reform Advisor, ISSAT, DCAF (Geneva)
Anicia is a Security Sector Reform Advisor at the International Security Sector Advisory Team in the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She has worked in the field of international security cooperation for 15 years and has combined practitioner and academic experience in the fields of international politics, conflict resolution, development and security.
She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network and has served on its Executive Committee for a number of years. She held a lecturing position in Conflict and Peace Studies at the Higher Institute for International Relations (Mozambique) and performed cumulatively as an advisor to the Rector of the same institution. She is currently a PhD researcher at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK. Her publications include “The Difficulties of Donor Co-ordination: Police and Judicial Reform in Mozambique” in G. Peake, E. Scheye & A. Hills (eds).
- Paul Ahiave, Expert Security Governance, ASSN, Togo
Paul Ahiave is a Security and Governance researcher from Togo. He heads the Democratic Governance Programme at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, Nigeria. He has previously worked for the Arms Control Program of the African Strategic and Peace Research Group (AFSTRAG) in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Paul has served as Consultant and Resource Person on several platforms including as a Trainer for the European Union observer mission to the 2010 Togolese Presidential elections; Resource Person to the Briefing of International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) delegation to the 2011 Nigerian General Elections etc. He is a writer of many seminar papers, articles and study reports, Paul writes monthly for the West Africa Insight, a regional publication supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. He is fluent in English, French, German and several African Languages.
- Janine Rauch, Criminologist, South Africa
Janine is a South African criminologist with many years of experience in the strategy and management of large security and justice programmes. She has extensive in policy research and civil society activism on the subjects of policing, accountability, crime and transition in South Africa, as well as issues of governance, civil society and community safety elsewhere in Africa.
In 2011, Janine worked for the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) in Geneva as a senior SSR consultant on projects in Serbia, Mali, South Sudan and Switzerland, while consulting part-time on police accountability for the Justice for All (J4A) programme in Nigeria. She assisted with the establishment of Corruption Watch in 2012, a new trade-union inspired civil society organisation in her native South Africa. She is an active member of the ASSN Roster of African SSR Experts.
- David Pulkol, Fmr Director-General, Uganda’s External Security Organisation (ESO), AFLI
David is the former Director- General of Uganda’s External Security Organisation (ESO), as well as the former Executive Chairman of the African Leadership Institute (AFLI), a public policy think tank based in Kampala.
David has also served in the past as a cabinet Minister in the Ugandan government, an elected Member of Parliament and UNICEF Deputy Director for Eastern And Southern Africa.
- Irbard Ibrahim, Security and International Relations Expert
Irbard Ibrahim is an Expert on International Relations and Security and a Security Analyst. He is also an expert on the Middle East and Political Islam. He is the Executive Director of IRBARD Consult
- COP George Asiamah, Esq, Terrorism Expert, National Security, Ghana
COP Asiamah was the Director General responsible for Legal and Special Duties of the Ghana Police Service and the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He was also the Reviewing Officer at the Ho Police Training School. He was also a long-time Director of The Police Hospital.
- Mohammed Siraj, IRM IT Security Expert
Mohammed Siraj is the Director, Advisory Services at RSM, RSM Albazie Kuwait, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Kuwait. He is a seasoned professional on Technology Consulting & Advisory Services. His focus is on IT Enablement & Business Advisory under the umbrella of Strategic Consulting as a precursor to major IT initiatives. He was the Senior Manager of Ernst & Young LLP (EY) for 3 years. His role was advisory services on Enterprise Resource Planning with specialization on Human Capital Management, Data Security & Business Intelligence.
- Dr. Bright G. Mawudor, Group Head, Information Security and Risk
Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor is the Head of Information Security & Risk Cellulant Group, Cellulant (Pukyong National University), Kenya. His main interest lies with System Penetration Testing, Big Data Security and Information Security awareness training through all media available. He is a Cyber Security Engineer, an Information Security Consultant and a Private Cyber Security Consultant. He also has skills in Web application/ Network Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing across varying Infrastructure, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Corporate Governance, Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Cyber Security Training: Technical and Awareness.
- Albert Antwi-Boasiako, E-crimes Expert
Albert Antwi-Boasiako is a National Cyber Security Advisor at Government of the Republic of Ghana. He is responsible for coordination national cyber security services in Ghana and oversees the implementation of Ghana’s National Cyber Security Policy & Strategy. He is an Adjunct Lecturer- Digital Forensics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi.
He has an Msc/Mphil. Forensic Science Programme. He is a PhD Fellow at the University of Pretoria. He is an Adjunct Lecturer- Cybercrimes, Cyberterrorism & Cyber security at the KAIPTC. He is also a Principal Consultant for e-Crime Bureau Inc. He is the Country Project Coordinator (Ghana) for the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI).
- Dr. Patricia Lewis, Nuclear Security Expert
Dr Patricia M Lewis is the Research Director, International Security at Chatham House. Her former posts include Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Non-proliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies; Director of UNIDIR; and Director of VERTIC in London.
Dr Lewis served on the 2004-6 WMD Commission chaired by Dr Hans Blix; the 2010-2011 Advisory Panel on Future Priorities of the OPCW chaired by Ambassador Rolf Ekeus; and was an adviser to the 2008-10 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) chaired by Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi.
She holds a BSc (Hons) in physics from Manchester University and a PhD in nuclear physics from the Birmingham University. She is a dual national of the UK and Ireland.
- Prof. Cyril Schandorf, PhD, Dept of Nuclear Safety and Security
Prof. Cyril Schandorf is the Board Chairperson of AFRICSIS, Ghana. Cyril Schandorf is a Lecturer at Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, University of Ghana’s School on Nuclear and Allied Sciences. Cyril was the Director, Radiation Protection Institute. Cyril served as the chief radiation officer for the regulatory framework for the control of sources and sources within practices and protection against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Cyril has a PhD in Radiation Physics from the University of Ghana.
- Galy Shai, Food Security Expert
Galy Shai is an Independent Agriculture and agribusiness Consultant at the Hebrew University. He is an Agronomist and an agricultural expert, with close to 60 years in experience. He holds an MA in agribusiness, a BSc in field crops, business, soil-water at Hebrew University, Faculty for Agriculture, Rehevot, Israel. Shai is an expert in agronomy and strategic planning.
- Dr Emma Birikorang
Dr. Emma Birikorang is the Acting Deputy Director and Programme Head for the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). She is currently undertaking research on African Peace and Security Mechanisms and ECOWAS/AU regional peacekeeping frameworks. She also facilitates training modules on Security Sector Reform, Protection of Civilians in Armed conflict, Risk Assessment and Conflict Vulnerability and the ECOWAS Standby Force.
Dr. Birikorang teaches Research Methods/Writing Skills and Gender, Security Sector and Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations on the Master of Arts in Conflict, Peace and Security and in Gender, Peace and Security, respectively. She graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana with a BA (Social Science) Degree, and a Diplome Universitaire d’Etude du Francais from the University of Benin. She also has an MA in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford, UK and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
- Dr Thomas Jaye
Dr. Thomas Jaye holds the doctorate degree in International Politics from the Department of International Politics of the University of Aberystwyth, UK. He also holds the MA degree in History from the Moscow State University and has research interests in security studies, post-conflict reconstruction and peace building, peace agreements and power-sharing, conflict studies and international history.
Dr. Jaye has written widely and engaged in practical work on security sector reform. He is also co-editor of the ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Peacebuilding in West Africa; Compendium of ECOWAS Peace and Security Decisions; and author of Issues of Sovereignty, Strategy and Security in the ECOWAS Intervention in the Liberian Civil War. Dr. Jaye has also written on ECOWAS security culture.