The Regional Board of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP recently elected Retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Christian Edem Dovlo as the new Board Chair for the next two years. Similarly, Madame Lucky Antoinette Mbrou has been elected as the Vice Chair. AVM Dovlo (rtd) and Madame Mbrou took over from Professor Isaac Olawale Albert (Chair) and Madame Fatoumatou Batoko-Zossou (Vice Chair) whose tenures ended on January 31, 2017.
A Ghanaian national, AVM Dovlo (rtd), the new Board Chair is a former Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) and the Chair of the Board of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. While at KAIPTC, he spearheaded the setting up of the academic section of the Center that now offers courses in Peace and Conflict studies at both Masters and Doctorial levels. Madame Mbrou hails from Togo and has a Master’s Degree in Law. She is a Human Rights activist with over a decade professional working experience in capacity building with national, regional and international civil society organizations.
The Board also welcomed two new seasoned professionals; Professor Oumar Ndongo, a Professor of American Literature and culture at the Cheikh Anto Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, a Nigerian national and immediate past ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security. The two new members are coming with a wealth of experience garnered over the years in their chosen areas of expertise.
In an acceptance speech, AVM Dovlo (rtd) and his Vice pledged to continue with the legacies of the erstwhile Board Chair Professor Isaac Albert in taking the organization to greater heights. The newly elected leaders and Board members were endorsed at the WANEP General Assembly which took place on February 1, 2017. The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the organization.