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Vice President & Vice Principal (International)

Professor Funmi Olonisakin


Professor Funmi Olonisakin profile

Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin has lead responsibility for all international matters at the university. In addition, she has joint responsibility with the Provost/Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) for the School of Global Affairs and for international scholarships and the Graduate School with the Vice President & Vice Principal (Education).  She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. 

Trained in Political Science (Bsc. Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), Professor Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice. Her academic research and writing has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union. 

Funmi is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and served as its West African Regional Coordinator from 2008 until 2012. From 2008-2010, she served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. She currently serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), and is on the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She is a member of the Board of the Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa and the Boards of Trustees of International Alert and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. 

In January 2015, Professor Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.


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