Management

Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze 
Executive Director

CHUKWUEMEKA B. EZE is the Executive Director of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). Prior to this position, he served variously as the Program Director, National Network Coordinator and Program Manager for WANEP - Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Peace and Strategic Studies with specialization in Conflict Early Warning Systems.

Dr. Eze has been a peacebuilding practitioner for 21 years and holds significant experience in the Africa peace and security sector. He manages the strategic partnership between African Union, ECOWAS and WANEP through which WANEP provides early warning data, analyses, assessments and recommendations for action to AU, ECOWAS and its member states. He also leads semi-annual high-level dialogues between ECOWAS leadership and WANEP to examine conflict situations in West Africa and agree on remedial actions. In addition, he supports political transitions, as well as citizens’ and government dialogues in West Africa and beyond.

Eze is a life member of the Governing Council; pioneer Deputy Registrar and Fellow of Institute for Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC); Fellow and member of the Board of Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP); and Fellow of the Danish Fellowship program in Copenhagen, Denmark. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as Senior Adviser on Mediation and Political Dialogue to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Guinea Bissau.  In 2009, he led the development of an Early Warning System for the Government of South Sudan. He contributed to the development of AU mediation manual, and supports the AU and ECOWAS track I mediation especially in electoral disputes.

He is a faculty member of WANEP’s flagship capacity building program, West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) which provides training in dialogue, mediation, early warning and peacebuilding program design and other peacebuilding thematic areas for officials of AU, ECOWAS, CSO actors, Academia and private sector. He equally teaches peacebuilding practice at the Institute for Peace, Conflict and Development Studies of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg Germany, University of Utah in USA and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). Dr. Eze has serval journals, articles and books to his credit.

Levinia Addae-Mensah
Programs Director

LEVINIA ADDAE-MENSAH is the Programme Director and Deputy Executive Director of WANEP. She is a peace and security practitioner with close to twenty years’ experience in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Peace Support Operations. Her passion in peacebuilding has driven her to work in extremely dynamic and volatile contexts such as in Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire. In addition, she has also worked in different capacities on projects across the globe. Her professional career began with International Alert in the UK where she worked in different capacities on projects and programmes in Europe and in the Great Lakes of Africa. She then joined the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) for 5 years initially as the Special Projects Coordinator and then as the West Africa Regional Coordinator of WANEP’s Active Non-violence and Peace Education Programme, a programme she pioneered in 8 countries in West Africa. Levinia worked as an independent consultant in Botswana for 3 years from where she joined the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in May 2008 and served severally as the Programme Coordinator of the Small Arms and Light Weapons Control Programme within the Research Department, Course Manager with the Training Department, Head of Programmes and finally as the Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Levinia re-joins WANEP after having broken the glass ceiling as the first and only female member of the Executive Management Committee of KAIPTC and with diverse competencies including developing and managing projects, monitoring and evaluation, designing, developing and delivering training, strategic planning and organisational development. She is fully bilingual in French and English.

Mrs. Esther Gordon-Mensah 
Administrative Manager

Mrs. Esther Gordon-Mensah is presently the HR / Administrative Manager of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) responsible for ensuring the smooth, efficient and effective operation of the regional secretariat of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding. She has worked with WANEP since its inception in 1998. Esther Gordon-Mensah holds a first degree in Economics with Geography;  has a certificate in Comparative Development Studies from Trent University, Canada (a joint programme with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana; Certificate in Peacebuilding from summer peacebuilding course at the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia USA. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice and is a Member of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners, Ghana (IHRMP, Ghana).

She possesses excellent Interpersonal, Verbal and Written Communication and Analytical skills. She has remarkable experience in procurement, planning and developing Human resource policies. She is hardworking, reliable, a good team player and has exceptional skills in events management. She has lectured at different fora on Events Management, Administrative and Human Resource issues.

Raymond Asiedu Darko
Accountant

RAYMOND DARKO is a Ghanaian and currently serves as the Finance Manager. He joined WANEP in 2012 as an Accountant. He has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting and Finance field. As Head of Finance, he oversees the proper management of the finances of the organisation by ensuring that proper accounting and internal control systems are maintained and donor and statutory requirements are strictly complied with. Raymond has extensive knowledge and experience in Accounting, Auditing, Finance, Taxation, Financial Modelling and Administration and has provided Financial Management trainings to Network Finance Managers and Sub-grantees in countries such as Senegal, Togo, Guinea and Benin. Raymond has successfully managed funds from donors such as USAID, EU Delegation, UNWOMEN, SIDA, ADA, DANIDA and GIZ.

 

Prior to joining WANEP, he worked with International Marine & Dredging Consultants (Consultants for the Korle Lagoon Project) as an Accountant for 8 years. Raymond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.COM) from the University of Cape Coast and is in the process of completing the final level of ACCA. Raymond possesses great communication and interpersonal skills and has a drive for creative, analytical and constructive thinking in carrying out his tasks.

OSEI BAFFOUR FRIMPONG
Regional Researcher

OSEI BAFFOUR FRIMPONG is the Regional Researcher at the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and also provides conflict analysis in the area of environmental security to support the Early Warning Department. Osei holds an MA in International Affairs from the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana and BA in English/Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he was also a Teaching and Research Assistant from 2008-2009. Between 2013 and 2014, he was a VLIR-UOS Scholar at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB). Osei has over eight years’ experience in Conflict Analysis, Peacebuilding and Governance. Prior to his appointment at WANEP, he was ECOWAS Field Monitor, providing country (Ghana) conflict analysis for the ECOWAS Early Warning Department. He is a former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC.

EDWARD KINGSTON JOMBLA
Regional Conflict Analyst

EDWARD KINGSTON JOMBLA is a Regional Conflict Analyst with focus on organised crime and violent extremism in the Early Warning Department of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). He is responsible for periodic provision of thematic in-depth conflict analysis that informs policy actions by WANEP and its primary clients including but not limited to the African Union, ECOWAS and its member states. Prior to joining the WANEP Regional Team, he was the National Network Coordinator of WANEP Sierra Leone where he managed the country office and carried out several tasks including network coordination, peacebuilding, proposal writing, project and grant management, monitoring and evaluation. He has also worked at Search for Common Ground/Talking Drum Studio as Assistant producer, New and Features. Edward has co-authored a number of articles and policy briefs published by WANEP as well as newspapers in Sierra Leone. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in Mass Communication from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also earns a Diploma in Peace and Security in Africa (International Training Program), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; and a Certificate in Negotiation and Mediation as an Instrument for Conflict Resolution (organised by Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, The Hague, Netherlands.

YÉRI ALICE KAMBIRÉ
Conflict Analyst

YÉRI ALICE KAMBIRÉ : Présentement Analyste de conflits, dans la thématique de la Démocratie et Gouvernance, au sein de WANEP à Accra/Ghana, Alice est une praticienne de la consolidation de la paix avec plus de 14 ans d'expérience. Grâce à ses domaines de compétence dans la mise en œuvre de mécanismes de prévention, résolution de conflits, plaidoyer et médiation, prévention et monitoring de la violence électorale, gestion des conflits électoraux, elle contribue à la mise en œuvre du système d’alerte précoce et de réponse de WANEP, de la CEDEAO, de l’Union Africaine, en Afrique de l'Ouest ; de la CEEAC en Afrique Centrale. Elle a, à son actif plusieurs publications (policy brief et rapports thématiques), qui sont des rapports analytiques sur les questions de Démocratie et Gouvernance, liées à la paix et la sécurité de la région ouest africaine. Après 4 ans d’études en Communication et Journalisme à l’Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) et une formation en informatique à Naples et Rome en Italie, elle a été Chargée de communication pour l’ONG burkinabè "Voix de Femmes", ensuite elle a travaillé avec Save the Children/Canada pour des secours d’urgence, avant d’occuper le poste de Coordonnatrice de zone de WANEP, pour le suivi de son programme d’alerte ‘’WARN’’, au Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali et Niger. Très à l’aise dans la langue française, son anglais est en constante amélioration.

LAWRENCE OFORI-SOM
ICT Senior Officer

LAWRENCE OFORI-SOM is the Senior ICT Officer with the aim to ensure the integrity of high availability systems/networking administration and to provide maximum performance both internally and externally in the ICT Department of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). I’m responsible for setting up, developing and maintaining computer systems, network architect/computer network architect, network/helpdesk support, security/systems support and first/second/third-line support within the organisation and its Networks. Before joining WANEP, I was the head of IT for Computer Information Systems Ghana / PortingXS Ghana where I’m responsible for managing the 3rd level support for all the company’s clients which includes complete system builds, upgrades, migrations, code deployments and patch management VM’s, Network Design and Implementations, preparing BOQ for projects and other related IT task. He holds a degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Regent University College of Science and Technology, a Diploma in Systems Administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Certificate in Cisco Unified Communication Manager (Administration).

IFEANYI OKECHUKWU
Regional Coordinator Early Warning

IFEANYI OKECHUKWU is the Regional Coordinator Early Warning at West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Headquarters Accra. Mr. Okechukwu has 20 years working experience in peacebuilding with core competence in conflict early warning design and implementation, training in conflict prevention, management and resolution, research, proposal writing, program management and manual development. Ifeanyi has written and contributed to various peacebuilding publications including WANEP early warning bulletin and policy brief series; “Manual on Women in Gender and Peacebuilding”;  “Trainer’s Manual on Election Dispute Management for West Africa”, “Peace Education Practice Guide for Schools in West Africa”; “Capacity for Peacebuilding: An Introductory Manual”, “A Grassroots Perspective on Risks Stemming from Disasters and Conflict”. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and a Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is a member of Faculty at the West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) and also a Commonwealth Professional Fellow.

 

JULIEN N. OUSSOU
Coordonnateur Régional - Développement du Réseau

JULIEN N. OUSSOU est le "Coordonnateur Régional - Développement du Réseau’’ au bureau régional du Réseau Ouest Africain pour l’édification de la Paix (WANEP) basé à Accra, Ghana. Auparavant, il a été Coordonnateur du réseau national WANEP au Bénin de 2009 à 2018. Julien est un praticien de la consolidation de la paix depuis 17 ans avec une expertise démontrée en dialogue; médiation; processus électoraux en Afrique de l'Ouest; Sécurité humaine; droits humains; Gouvernance; Alerte précoce; Prévention et gestion des conflits. Il a mené et coordonné plusieurs actions de plaidoyer, missions, projets de recherche, programmes et formations dans plusieurs pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest. Il est titulaire d'une maîtrise en Géographie et de plusieurs diplômes dans les thématiques ‘’conflits, Paix et Sécurité.’’

 

QUEENETH QUEENETH TAWO is the Regional Coordinator Women, Peace and Security (WPS TAWO
Regional Coordinator Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

QUEENETH TAWO is the Regional Coordinator Women, Peace and Security (WPS) at the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) where she leads in policy changes/influencing as well as in the application of normative frameworks relating to women, peace and security. She coordinates WPS program activities at the regional office and provides program support across the 15 WANEP national networks in the region. Queeneth has over 20 years combined work experience in both public and private sectors and veered into development work after 12 years in active journalism. Queeneth holds a master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, a B.A (Hons) degree in English/Education and a Certificate in Investigative Journalism from the ICF, Virginia, USA. She is a fellow of ISIS-WICCE, Uganda and belongs to several professional bodies. She has core expertise in Peacebuilding, early warning, communications, gender, dialogue and mediation, facilitation, training, research, community mobilization and advocacy.

Prior to becoming the Regional Coordinator WPS, she served as the Regional Coordinator Programs and Regional Coordinator Communications and Capacity Building. Previously, she worked as the Program Officer of the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) program of WANEP and was responsible for mobilizing and organizing a critical mass of women across the five geo-political zones of Nigeria to increase their participation in decision-making levels. A passionate gender/women activist, Queeneth has presented several papers and conducted trainings in gender across various fields. She also anchored a live radio program on diverse developmental topics. She was a founding member of the Kaduna Gender Forum, a platform for discussing and articulating gender-related issues. Under this platform, she actively participated in the advocacy for the passage of the Child Rights Bill in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

FESTUS KOFI AUBYN
Regional Coordinator, Research and Capacity Building

FESTUS KOFI AUBYN is the Regional Coordinator, Research and Capacity Building at the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Regional). He is a Senior Researcher, Lecturer, Training Facilitator and a Curriculum Development Expert, focusing on conflict and security management, peacebuilding, peace operations, terrorism, violent extremism and election security. Dr. Aubyn studied at the University of Ghana where he obtained his BA in Political Science with History (first class) and an MA in International Affairs. He also obtained his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he won the two topmost awards in the University during his graduation in November 2015 - Post Graduate School Award for the Best Ph.D Thesis in the University; and the Omoworare Lucas Prize for the Best Ph.D produced in the University.

Before joining WANEP in November 2020, Festus worked with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana as a senior Research Fellow for almost a decade; the country office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana (UG). In September 2016, Dr Aubyn served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa. He was also part of the team that drafted the counter-terrorism strategy for Ghana in 2017 and a member/rapporteur of the working group that drafted the 2020 National Security Strategy of Ghana. Festus serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Webster University Campus in Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces Staff and Command College. Dr. Aubyn belongs to several professional bodies has consulted for national and international organizations, has participated and presented papers and keynote address in several local and international conferences on Africa and global peace and security issues and has several scholarly publications to his credit.

ANSOUMANE SAMASSY SOUARÉ

ANSOUMANE SAMASSY SOUARÉ joined WANEP in 2015 as an intern and is currently the Officer in charge of the WANEP Peace Monitoring Center (PMC). He holds an MA in International Affairs, from the Legon Centre of International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana (2013-2014) and a BA in Political Science, from General Lansana Conté University of Sonfonia, Conakry, Guinea (2008-2013).  He is bilingual and speaks fluent French and English. Over the years, he has been facilitated trainings for WANEP’s Community conflicts early warning monitors across West Africa. Ansoumane has also participated in a number of professional trainings including: Regional training to Enhance Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking in Africa- The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) ; Human Rights Protection in West Africa- Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra-Ghana; Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (HAWA) core course- Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra-Ghana; Risk management in Early Warning- Institute of Security Study (ISS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Gender and Peacebuilding course – West Africa Peacebuilding Institute, Accra-Ghana; Dialogue and Mediation: Design and Processes”-West Africa Peacebuilding Institute, Accra, Ghana; Strengthening Regional Prevention Capacity on Countering Violent Extremism” Global Center on Cooperative Security, Accra, Ghana.








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