Board Members


Professor Oumar Ndongo is a Professor of American literature and culture at the Cheikh Anto Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. He has extensive civil society experience as Director of SYSTOSENEGAL, Executive Secretary of PANAFSTRAG Senegal and President of the Senegalese Section of the Federation for Universal Peace. His areas of core expertise covers Governance, Peace and Security, Regional integration as well as Gender and Peacebuilding and is currently the Scientific Director of the Master’s Degree Programme on Gender and Peacebuilding at Cheikh Anta Diop University.

In addition to academics, the erudite professor has had extensive career in development work especially in the field of peacebuilding. From 2007 to 2012 Prof Ndongo served as the General Secretary of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) based in Abuja to interface with ECOWAS on issues relating to Democracy, Governance, Peace and Security, Regional Integration, Development. He also served as director of the Mano River Union Peace Forum based in Freetown, Sierra Leone and worked with civil society organizations for the restoration of peace in the war-torn Mano River Union countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Professor Ndongo also has extensive knowledge of West Africa and its civil society having served as Director of the Mano River Peace Forum and President of the West African Research Association. In addition, he has been a senior Fulbright scholar and peace ambassador for the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. He is fluent in English, French, Wolof and Pular and understands Spanish.

A prolific writer, Professor Ndongo has published several articles and books in African and American Journals and co-authored many books on varied topics such as conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy and Regional Integration. He has extensive research capacity and vast experience of networking in West African civil society.



Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman is the immediate past ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security. Prior to this position, served as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development in 2008 under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, a Lawyer by profession, was born in Argungu, a fishing community in Kebbi State of Nigeria. She had her secondary education at the prestigious Queens College, Lagos before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where she obtained a degree in Law. She later obtained a master’s degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Salamatu has had a fulfilling career in public service and the development sector working variously with the Ministry of Justice in the old Sokoto State, Continental Merchant Bank, Lagos, NAL Merchant Bank and the Aluminum Smelter Company,

where she was company secretary/legal adviser. She also had a stint at the Securities and Exchange Commission before being appointed Minister.

Salamatu is currently on the Board of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Nigeria as an Independent Non-Executive Director. 


Daniel is a lecturer at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and Adjunct Professor at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi, Ghana.

He is currently on sabbatical leave from the University to provide organisation development, capacity building and coaching support to the GIZ/ComCashew Project offices in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana. The project focusses on improving cashew value chains across Africa. He is a faculty member of the International Gestalt Organisation and Leadership Development (iGOLD) Programme based in the United States of America, and the Central Leadership Programme (CLP) of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Accra, Ghana.

Daniel is a Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Planners (FGIP), and external examiner to universities in Ghana, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. In addition, he sits on the editorial boards and reviews for several academic journals and international institutions. He serves as director at the New Generation Investment Services Limited (NGIS), Kumasi, Ghana, The Kumasi

Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE) Accra, Ghana and Action Aid Ghana. He holds degrees and certificates from institutions in Germany, Ghana, Finland, Norway, and the United States of America.


Mrs. Florence Nwawuihe Iheme is presently an Independent Consultant in the peace and development sector. She has previously served as Director, Humanitarian and Social Affairs (2017-2018); Ag. Director, Mediation & Facilitation Directorate, ECOWAS Commission (2015-2016); Ag. Director, Early Warning Directorate, ECOWAS Commission (2011-2014); Programme Manager, Early Warning Directorate, ECOWAS Commission (2001- 2011); Director General and CEO, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) and in other relevant professional capacities since 1993.

A British Chevening Fellow, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Gender and Development from the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, England (1998- 1999); Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Henley- The Management College/ Brunel University, England (1991-1996); and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/ Public Administration from Bedford College, University of London, England (1982 -1985).

Mrs. Iheme’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, capacity building/training, policy influencing and development, Gender and Development, community engagement and development; conflict management and resolution, Early Warning and other relevant peace and security thematic areas.

Mrs. Iheme is also a member of a number of professional organisations and associations including the UN Expert Mediation Roster, New York (Member); Women’s Reference Group (Humanitarian Dialogue Centre), Geneva (Member); Nigerian Institute of Management (Member); Business and Professional Women’s Association (Member) and the African Center for Strategic Studies Nigeria Alumni Association (Vice President. 


Mr. Sowe is presently the Executive Director of Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa. He is a dynamic legal practitioner licensed to practise law before Gambian and Nigeria Courts with more than 20 years of practical, judicial and professional experience.

He is a Commissioner of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) of The Gambia, tasked to draft a new constitution for the Republic of The Gambia.

He has extensive knowledge of regional African Human Rights Mechanisms and is a recognized specialist in international human rights law.

Mr Sowe is an Expert Member of the Economic Social and Cultural Rights Working Group of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights who has made significant contributions in developing the jurisprudence of various African human rights mechanisms.

He has extensive experience with litigation at the regional level, especially before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

He has excellent knowledge of administrative and other legal procedures, law of evidence and trial practices in The Gambia and Nigeria and extensive experience as a judicial officer and an alternative dispute resolution practitioner.

Mr. Sowe is a lecturer in International Human Rights Law (especially the African Human Rights System) Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Gambian Legal System, has very good communication skills. He

He is fluent in English language and has a good working knowledge of the French language.



Carla Maria Borges Bettencourt Is from Cape Verde. She is an Economist by profession, holds a Masters in African Regional Integration and has a background in Procurement. She is in an accredited Facilitator Building Resources in Democratic governance and Elections (BRIDGE). She has been ECOWARN Focal point for Cape Verde since 2009.

She has extensive experience in Audit, Analysis of Financial reports, Development of internal policies and procedures for procurement; Development of Strategic Plan, Annual Plan and Procurement Plans well as Monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Ms Bettencourt currently works as Special Auditor at the Audit Court of Cape Verde.

She is a member of the Cape Verdean Economists Association and Network of Cape Verdean Women Economists (REDEMEC).

She is fluent in Portuguese, good in English and fair in Spanish and French.

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