Kamel Morjane, Tunisia: a politician, diplomat, peace builder and a passionate African who served the international community and his people with great distinction. In his earlier years he worked at the UNHCR (1977 -1996) in many capacities including, in 1990, Director for South West Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and in 1994 Director for Africa. He was appointed in October 1996 as Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva.
In November 1999 the UN Secretary General appointed him as his Special Representative for the DRC to set up the U.N. peacekeeping mission and later as Assistant UNHCR High Commissioner. From 2005 until January 2010 he served as Defence Minister of Tunisia. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011). He later created a new political party.
Mohammed Omar, Somalia: served his country as Deputy Prime Minister and twice foreign minister of Somalia in the most difficult times, with remarkable integrity and commitment to bring about peace and stability in Somalia, a leading Somali figure and businessman who is passionate about Africa and keenly monitors political and socio-economic developments in the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Princeton N. Lyman, USA: had a very long and distinguished career as a diplomat who spent most of his time working on Africa and in Africa; served as Ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. He has written articles and books on Africa, development, peacekeeping, UN reform and HIV/AIDS. He was Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow and Director of Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and he is currently adviser to the president of USIP.
Dr. Adama Guindo, Mali: served, as Senior UN/Undp Official for more than 25 years, was Undp Resident Representative in Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, The Gambia and Deputy SG Special Representative in Haiti, currently an activist on West African security issues. Prior to UN career, Dr. Guindo served as Associate Professor at the University of Niger teaching International Relations.
Brig. Gen Saleh Bala (Rtd), Nigeria: A distinguished retired Nigerian military officer, academic and specialist on West African and the Sahel defense and security issues. Formerly Military Chief of Staff of the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire. Currently Chief Executive Officer of White Ink Consult; a Strategic Communication, Defense and Security, Research and Training consultancy, based in Abuja, Nigeria.
Dawit W Giorgis: Executive Director – Research and Conferences:
Originally from Ethiopia, US citizen, permanent resident of Namibia; served as P.S of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Governor of Eritrea (prior to independence) and Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner during one of the most publicized famine relief operations. He later served as UN consultant in 11 African conflict and post conflict countries; was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, University of Cape Town and Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Wash, D.C. at different times. He has published three books, several articles, and several research works more recently on The Iran Saudi Rivalry and the Scramble for the Horn; Ethiopia: The Realignment and Buildup of Forces in the Horn of Africa; War Ravaged Africa and the Myth of Africa Rising; Ethiopia and the United States: Can the Crisis be Prevented?; Organ Trafficking and the African Migrants; Border Walls and the Rise of the Right; and more which can be found on the website of AFRICAISSS. www.africaisss.org. He has made presentations in many international conferences on Terrorism and Transnational Crimes in Africa. email@example.com
Osei G Kofi: Director - Media and Related Activities:
Osei Kofi has masters degree in journalism and has received African awards for his distinguished services writing and reporting from most conflict areas in Africa. Osei Kofi is a Ghanaian multilingual leading African journalist who covered most of the crises in Africa, traveled extensively on the continent, with focus on the conflict zones, published a book titled Hello Africa, and several articles on Africa. He is currently a consultant to UN agencies and a trainer of chief executives in communication empowerment. Osei Kofi's work focuses on how to adapt to a new media world that is time-sensitive and more interactive. He is an advocate of bloggers and citizen journalists who mobilize for various causes, including good governance, security and prevention of transnational crimes". Osei@africaisss.org
AMBASSADOR PASTOR MUYONGA NGAIZA is a Tanzanian who has spent his entire adult life in the service of Tanzania and Africa. He comes with an impressive experience in diplomacy and international relations.He has served his country as foreign affairs official in many capacities mainly as an expert on African regional organizations and as senior official at Tanzania Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York for 6 years (1982-1988). He served as Tanzania Deputy High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa for 6 years (1997-2001) and as Tanzania High Commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique and to the Kingdom of Swaziland concurrently for 5 years (2007-2012). Ambassador Ngaiza also served as Tanzania Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and to the Union of Comoros concurrently for 5 years (2007-2012). He also served as Director for Europe and the Americas in the Tanzania Foreign Ministry for 4 years (2003-2007).
His distinguished service for his country has earned him immense appreciation from his Government and other African Governments who had the opportunity to work with him. He is committed to peace and stability in Africa and finds AISSS a good institute through which he can make a further contribution to Africa.
Dr. Getachew Begashaw - Research and Related Activities:
Dr. Getachew Begashaw has a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. He is the founder and President of Vision Ethiopia (VE), a nonprofit organization established to promote democracy and good governance in Ethiopia. Dr. Getachew Begashaw knows Africa very well and has, for several years, conducted research on conflict resolution and the promotion of good governance and human rights in Africa. He has held teaching and administrative positions at various academic institutions and is currently the Chair and Professor in the Department of Economics at Harper College. He has published several research papers including "Modeling Determinants of Public Service Expenditures in Fast Growing Cities and Townships "; "Landlockedness as Impediment to Economic Development of Ethiopia", "The Mega Nile Dam and the Millennium Bond Deception"; "Acute Poverty amidst 'Double-Digit Economic Growth". He has contributed many invited papers and is a frequent commentator on current and topical political and economic issues in Africa. firstname.lastname@example.org