The ASSN is composed of a General Assembly, an Executive Committee, a Secretariat and four Regional Hubs.
The General Assembly is the ASSN’s supreme organ, made up of the members of the network. The General Assembly meets annually and elects the members of the Executive Committee every three years.
The Executive Committee provides strategic leadership to the network. It consists of 13 members, elected to a three year team by the General Assembly. It has a Chair, Deputy Chair, sub-regional coordinators and members.
ASSN has a 13 member Executive Committee that provides strategic leadership to the network. The Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly to a three year term.
Dr. Niagalé Bagayoko-Penone is the Programme Manager for the Maintenance and Consolidation of Peace Programme of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). She has conducted extensive field research in several francophone African countries, much of it anchoring on the interface between security and development. She has been a lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - University of Sussex (UK) and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris; an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research and Education on Strategy and Technology (US-CREST); and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in France. In 2003, she won the Prize for Scientific Research awarded by the French Ministry of Defence. She has also been a consultant for the African Union; the Department for International Aid (DFID); the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT); the Centre for Study of the Social Science of Defence (C2SD); and the French Ministry of Defence..
Jerry Kitiku is the Director of the Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC-Kenya), a non-profit think tank that provides data and information on human security and the security sector in Kenya, the wider Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa. A retired Kenya Navy officer, Lt Col Kitiku is an expert on human security dynamics and conflict. He has both command and administrative experience at senior levels in the military and was a senior instructor at the Defence Staff College (DSC) in Nairobi. In the early 2000s, he was among a team of experts that crafted an Implementation Plan and Agenda for Action, on request by the Kenya Government, for the Nairobi Declarations on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). He was also part of a research team that conducted national surveys on the problem of SALW and the development of national action plans in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Lt Col Kitiku also served for many years as a security attaché in various Kenyan diplomatic missions abroad
Eboe Hutchful is a professor of African Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and has taught at several other universities in Africa and North America, including the University of Toronto, Trent and Waterloo Universities in Ontario, the University of Ghana and the University of Port Harcourt. He is a long-time researcher on civil-military relations, security sector reform, and international development issues. He is the author of Ghana's Adjustment Experience: The Paradox of Reform (James Currey, 2002), co-editor (with Wuyi Omitoogun) of Budgeting for the Military Sector in Africa: the Processes and Mechanisms of Control (Oxford University Press, 2006), and co-editor (with Abdoulaye Bathily) of The Military and Militarism in Africa (Codesria Books, 1998). Professor Hutchful is a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM). He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the UN International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC); the Governing Board of the Global Consortium for Security Transformation (GCST); and the Advisory Group of the (erstwhile) Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR).
Dr. Uju Agomoh is the founder and director of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), a Security, Justice and Development focused NGO with regional/continental initiatives in several African Countries. She has served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC) and was the Commission's Special Rapporteur on Police, Prisons and Centres of Detention (2001-2008). She has also been a member of the Nigerian Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy (2006-2009); Member of the coordinating committee of the Association of Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET); Council Member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT); Board Member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA); and Chair of the ICPA Developing Countries Committee. Dr Agomoh is also a Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria Institute for Development Studies (IDS). Her recent research work has focussed on the topics of Gender and the Criminal Justice System, Sustainability of Penal Reform Interventions and Management of Pre-trial Detention, Mentally-ill Detainees, Prison-based and Community-Based Re-entry Programmes, and the Prevention of Torture.
Dr Vincent M. Mwange is a Director at the Namibian Ministry of Defence: Education and Civil Training and seconded to the University of Namibia where he is appointed as an Associate Dean: School of Military Science. He also holds the Chair of the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Defence and Security Management (SADSEM) Network.
Dr Mwange holds a Master’s degree in Management (2003, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and a PhD in Public and Development Management obtained at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2009). He also has a BA (Humanities and Diploma in Education (1987, University of Swaziland).
His research interests include Defence and Security Management, Development Management, Government and Governance, Policy Processes/Management and Performance Management.
Medhane Tadesse is a specialist on African Peace and Security. He has taught at various universities in Ethiopia and abroad and has written extensively on African security and related topics, spawning four books, over 160 briefing papers, articles, commentaries and policy memos. More recently, he has been a Visiting Professor at the School of Global Studies, Kings College, London, lectureship on the Governance of Security. A lot of his work has dwelt the pertinent issues of regime stability, vulnerability to conflict, ethnic conflict, armed violence, globalised security and diplomacy, militarisation, governance and humanitarian crisis in Africa. Professor Tadesse has served as a consultant to several African governments, international and inter-governmental organisations on issues relating to peace and stability. He runs the Peace and Security Studies Directorate at the Centre for Policy Research and Dialogue (CPRD) in Juba, South Sudan. He is also a columnist and frequent commentator on global and regional security issues, and is the editor of The Current Analyst, an online journal that examines issues of peace and security in Africa..
From January 2017 -2018, she was head of the Sub-Saharan Africa division of The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. She serves on the Executive Committee of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), a Pan-African network promoting democratic governance of the security sector Sandy majored in Economics and Comparative African Government, has a Master of Arts degree in African Politics from the University of South Africa, and a PhD in Public Policy Management Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. Other post-graduate qualifications she holds are a Certificate in Law of Banking and Financial Markets (University of Witwatersrand, 2015) and the Certificate: Strategic Management Programme (University of Stellenbosch Business School, 1995). Research interests and publications include the following topics: applied security studies, focused on intelligence reform; strategic studies, including intervention; security sector management during political transitions; ethics and national security; global economic governance and regional integration in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Kossi Mawuli AGOKLA is a Togolese national and a senior public law professor. He graduated in International Relations and Public Administration. He has served in high positions in the Togolese administration, notably, twice as Secretary General of the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Internal Security and as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister in charge of reforms.
More especially, he served as an international civil servant in the OAU (now AU), ECOWAS, UEMOA as Secretary General of the Commission for the first mandate, etc. At the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), he led the African Security Sector Reform Program (ASSEREP) for almost 6 years implementing mostly in Francophone African countries programs on defence and security forces, Law enforcement related to electoral processes; Strategic and operational plans; SALW including stockpile management; Gender issues on National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 and Gender Policy paper; Civilian and military relations; democratic control of the security sector; monitoring of national SSR processes etc.
Dr AGOKLA has participated in and facilitated several workshops in Europe and throughout Africa on SSR issues and has contributed to several publications, articles and tools on SSR and has collaborated with many institutions: UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS, OIF, DCAF, ISS, KAIPTC, GRIP etc.
He has been an active member of the ASSN over the past decade and has conducted some of its major activities.
Dr. Emile Ouedraogo is an adjunct professor of practice at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, specializing in issues related to national security strategy development and security sector reform and governance. Since 2007, he has worked with the Africa Center on more than 30 activities as a speaker, facilitator, and author. He also works with AFRICOM, Partners Global, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Erbet Stiftung, and the ECOWAS Parliament. He is a member of the African Security Sector Network and founding President of the Fondation pour la Sécurité du Citoyen (FOSEC) of Burkina Faso. Prior to joining the Africa Center, in 2017-18, Dr. Ouedraogo completed a six-month mission with the African Union as a security sector reform and governance expert for Madagascar. As Minister of Security of Burkina Faso from 2008 to 2011, he initiated and developed a Homeland Security Strategy and operationalized the concept of community policing and community participation in the management of security issues. After 30 years of service with the Burkina Faso Army, he retired from active duty in 2012 as a Colonel, having served in positions including Aide to the Prime Minister, Support Regiment Commanding Officer, and Chief of the Military Intelligence Division at the Army General Staff. Dr. Ouedraogo was a parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Burkina Faso and the ECOWAS Parliament, where he sat on the Political Affairs, Peace, Defense, and Security Committees. In this capacity, he carried out informative and investigative missions in most of ECOWAS’ 15 countries. He earned a Ph.D. with honors from the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris, France, on security sector reform and governance in the ECOWAS Region.
Mpako Foaleng Member
Mpako Foaleng is a specialist in security sector reform (SSR) and governance currently working with the UN strategic Advisory Team to the Presidency of Burkina Faso. She has worked in various capacities including strategic advice, capacity and policy development, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes. She advised and supported processes and policy development at various levels with the UN, ECOWAS, the African Union and at country level in countries such as the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, the Democratic republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Niger, just to cite a few. She served as an advisor to the UN team supporting the initiation of the SSR process in Guinea.
Prior to joining the team in Burkina Faso, Mpako served as the Security Sector Reform Advisor of the Office of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel where for more than two years, she led and managed the SSR portfolio of the Office in support of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the 16 countries of the region. She coordinated and managed the Secretariat of the West Africa Coast Initiative which brings together UNODC, DPKO, Interpol and UNOWAS in the fight against transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.
From 2009 to 2015, she worked with the Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) which she initially joined as an adviser within the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and later as head of the Africa Programme. In this capacity, she built, developed the programme, mobilized funds and initiated the implementation while putting the team together from scratch. She also negotiated with the authorities and the leadership the adhesion of Madagascar into the DCAF Foundation Council as a Member State. She implemented a key programme in Mali where she built institutional relationships with the Ministry of Security and civil protection, the Parliament providing advisory services which led were catalytic for the creation of the first National Committee for SSR in 2014.
Mpako has worked for many years in the areas of human security and protection for civilians in conflict affected and post-conflict situations for the Washington based organization Refugees International and for the Norwegian Refugee Council.
She is the author of several studies including on the African Union reform, African Union reform, security sector reform programming and civil wars in Africa .
She has a doctorate in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Laurea in political science from the University of Perugia in Italy. She has also studied at Yaoundé University II in Cameroon her country of origin.
Mpako Foaleng est spécialiste de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité et de la gouvernance, actuellement membre de l’équipe de conseil stratégique des Nations Unies auprès de la Présidence du Faso. Elle a exercé diverses fonctions, notamment de conseils stratégiques, d’appui au renforcement des capacités et à l’élaboration des politiques et stratégies, la conception de programmes, la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l’évaluation de programmes. Elle a conseillé et soutenu des processus et l'élaboration de politiques à différents niveaux avec l'ONU, la CEDEAO, l'Union Africaine et au niveau national dans des pays tels que la Gambie, le Burkina Faso, le Mali, la Guinée, la République démocratique du Congo, Madagascar et le Niger pour n’en citer que quelques-uns. Elle a été conseillère auprès de l'équipe des Nations Unies chargée d’appuyer le lancement du processus de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité en Guinée.
Avant de rejoindre l'équipe au Burkina Faso, Mpako a été la conseillère en réforme du secteur de la sécurité du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel, où elle a dirigé et géré pendant plus de deux ans le portefeuille de la RSS et conseillé le représentant spécial du secrétaire général des Nations Unies sur les 16 pays de la région. Elle a coordonné et géré le secrétariat de l'Initiative de la côte ouest-africaine, qui réunit l'ONUDC, le Département des Opérations de Maintien de la Paix, Interpol et l'UNOWAS dans la lutte contre le crime organisé transnational et le trafic de drogue.
De 2009 à 2015, elle a travaillé avec le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées (DCAF) qu'elle a d'abord rejoint en tant que conseillère au sein de l'Équipe de conseil du secteur de la sécurité internationale (ISSAT) et plus tard en tant que chef du programme Afrique. À ce titre, elle a développé le programme, mobilisé des fonds et initié la mise en œuvre tout en construisant son équipe. Elle a également négocié avec les autorités et le leadership l'adhésion de Madagascar au Conseil de fondation du DCAF en tant qu'État membre. Elle a mis en place un programme clé au Mali où elle a établi des relations institutionnelles avec le ministère de la Sécurité et de la protection civile, le Parlement et fourni des conseils qui ont servi de catalyseur pour la création du premier comité national de la RSS en 2014.
Mpako a aussi travaillé pendant plusieurs années dans les domaines de la sécurité humaine et de la protection des civils dans les situations de conflit et d'après conflit pour les organisations telles que le Norwegian Refugee Council et Refugees International.
Elle est l'auteur de plusieurs études, notamment sur la réforme de l'Union africaine, , la programmation de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité et les guerres civiles en Afrique.
Elle est titulaire d'un doctorat en relations internationales de l'Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales et du développement de Genève et d'une Laurea en sciences politiques de l'Université de Pérouse en Italie. Elle a aussi étudié à l’Université de Yaoundé II au Cameroun d’où elle est originaire.
The ASSN Secretariat coordinates the network’s affairs from its central location in Accra, Ghana. Its functions include the day to day administration of the network, coordination of core programmes, information management and logistical facilitation. The secretariat is entirely staffed by African professionals under the leadership of the ASSN Executive Secretary.
Eboe Hutchful is a professor of African Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and has taught at several other universities in Africa and North America, including the University of Toronto, Trent and Waterloo Universities in Ontario, the University of Ghana and the University of Port Harcourt. He is a long-time researcher on civil-military relations, security sector reform, and international development issues. He is the author of Ghana's Adjustment Experience: The Paradox of Reform (James Currey, 2002), co-editor (with Wuyi Omitoogun) of Budgeting for the Military Sector in Africa: the Processes and Mechanisms of Control (Oxford University Press, 2006), and co-editor (with Abdoulaye Bathily) of TheMilitary and Militarism in Africa (Codesria Books, 1998). Professor Hutchful is a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM). He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the UN International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC); the Governing Board of the Global Consortium for Security Transformation (GCST); and the Advisory Group of the (erstwhile) Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR).
Jane holds an MSc in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon. Before joining the ASSN, Jane was Senior Assistant Registrar at MountCrest University College in Ghana. She has previously worked with the Refugee Law Project in Uganda as an intern, Freedom from Hunger Ghana as the Programme Officer - Monitoring and Fundraising, and as the administrative officer of the Peacebuilding Project at the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD). Jane has also been a training and fundraising consultant for the ActionAid programme in Ghana. Among the trainings she has attended are: Advanced Swiss Level 2 Training on SSR organized by ISSAT/DCAF at SWISSINT, Switzerland, Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform by WIPSEN-AFRICA in Ghana, a Certificate Course in ‘Civilian Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding’ by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria and a Certificate Course in ‘Conflict Care and Reconciliation’ at the Transcend Peace University in Romania
Elom is a Togolese national with a passion for pan-Africanism. He holds an MA in International Security and Defense from the University Pierre Mendes France of Grenoble and an MA in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nantes as well as a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. Before joining ASSN, Elom worked for the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) in his country’s capital, Lomé. He was a Programme Associate specifically assigned to UNREC’s Regulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons Brokers in Africa Project and The African Security Sector Reform Programme. Elom’s combined interest in international relations, human rights and African security sector affairs partly grew out of a series of internships he undertook at Amnesty International, the Togolese Association for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights (TADPHR) and the Togolese ministry of foreign affairs. He speaks English and French.
Rhoda is the Accountant at the ASSN Secretariat. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration (Accounting Option) from the Central University College in Ghana and is currently studying at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (Part Two). Rhoda is seconded to the ASSN from MJB Consult, a firm of highly professional Accountants and Auditors based in Accra, Ghana.
Edem holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Building Technology from the Accra Polytechnic in Ghana. Prior to joining the ASSN, he worked for Cassa Trassaco Limited in Ghana as a Buildings Supervisor
Anthony Esua Mensah has a long successful career in the field of Information Technology with training from ABSC Computer Institute and certified in MIS,AT&T/NCR . He served as Desktop Publisher and System Administration Officer with Capital Communication Limited in Accra before being appointed as IT/Administrative Officer of Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) in Ghana in 1998. At ALF, he trained staff on user software and hardware applications and contributed significantly to improving IT systems and ALF website in the day to day running of the ALF Secretariat in Ota Ogun State Nigeria. At ALF, Anthony also facilitated administrative and logistical support for conferences, seminars and workshops. He played a key role in the design, typesetting and cover graphics of most of ALF Publications (Africa and The Successor Generation, The Kampala Document, Africa on The Eve of the 21st Century and ALF Journal Africa Forum). This earned him the opportunity to work on publications by Former President of Nigeria. H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo: This Animal Called Man, Women of Virtue and Guide to Effective Prayers to name a few. Before joining the ASSN in 2010, he worked with the African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR), Accra, Ghana as the IT Officer for a decade. Whilst with the ASDR, he designed the ASDR logo, Website typesetting, cover graphics for ASDR publications and facilitated a number of administrative and secretarial support for workshops and conferences both locally and internationally Currently, at the ASSN Secretariat in Accra, Anthony is using his experiences and skills acquired, in running the day to day IT systems of the Organization.
ASSN has four Regional Hubs, based on the geopolitical and linguistic regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. In each Regional hub, one member organisation forms the centrepiece of the ASSN’s regional activities.
East Africa and The Great Lakes Region Hosting affiliate: Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC) Location: Nairobi, Kenya Regional Coordinator: Lt Col (Rtd) Jerry W. Kitiku
SRIC is an independent non-profit think-tank that provides data and information on human security and security sector dynamics in Kenya, the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, SRIC's mission is to influence and contribute to positive change in the security sector dynamics in its three geographical regions of focus. SRIC pursues this mission by conducting research, facilitating policy dialogue aimed at the transformation the security sector and providing verifiable data and information on key security areas and the trends in crime and armed violence in East Africa. It also maintains a dedicated database that makes this data and information easily accessible to government officials, researchers and the media. Southern Africa Hosting affiliate: Southern African Defence & Security Management Network (SADSEM)
Location: Mzuzu, Malawi Regional Coordinator: Brigadier (Rtd) Misheck Chirwa
SADSEM is a network of nine partner institutions in the 14 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADSEM network seeks to contribute to peace and security in Southern Africa by strengthening the democratic management of its defence forces and other security organs. It does this by offering specialised training programmes to police and military officers and others involved in managing security in the region. SASDEM also undertakes research on security issues and helps governments in the SADC region to develop their defence policies. The SADSEM secretariat and ASSN regional hub for East Africa is hosted by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at Mzuzu University in Mzuzu, Malawi.
The Horn of Africa Hosting affiliate: Center for Policy Research & Dialogue (CPRD) Location: Juba, South Sudan Regional Coordinator: Professor Medhane Tadesse
CPRD is a regional think-tank whose scope covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti. CPRD brings together security and development professionals with vast experience in research and project implementation in the Horn of Africa region. It strives to profile selected problems of security, peace and reconciliation in the region, which has suffered many episodes of protracted violent conflict that have adversely affected regional security, development and democratic transformation. CPRD’s mission is to promote policy dialogue and debate with the ultimate objective of fostering peace and prosperity. The CPRD also provides data and conducts multidisciplinary research, based on which it proposes policy alternatives and strategic direction on key issues that affect peace, economic development and the wellbeing of the people of the Horn of Africa.
West Africa Hosting affiliate: Prisons Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) Location: Enugu, Nigeria Regional Coordinator: Uju Agomoh
PRAWA is a Non-governmental organization aimed at promoting Security, Justice and Development in Africa. It was established in 1994 and in 1998 it secured observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The organization has three major programme components namely, Security and Justice Sector Reform Programme Component, Social Development and Rehabilitation Programme Component and Research and Documentation Programme Component.
It utilizes the following strategies in the implementation of it Programmes:
- Training and Capacity Building (TRACAD)
- Research and Advocacy
- Human Rights Monitoring
- Rehabilitation, Care and Support Services (RECASS)
- Community Justice Programme and Engagement (COJUP).