The ASSN is composed of a General Assembly, an Executive Committee, a Secretariat and four Regional Hubs.

General Assembly

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.

Executive Committee

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.

ndiayeBoubacar N'Diaye Chair

Boubacar N'Diaye is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Pan-African Studies at The College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. He is a widely published scholar specialising in civil-military relations, security, and democratization. He is the author of numerous journal articles and academic papers on these subjects, as well as the author, co-author or co-editor of several books including The Challenge of Institutionalizing Civilian Control (2001), Not Yet Democracy: West Africa's Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism (2005), and Challenges of Security Sector Governance in West Africa (2008). He has been a consultant to various agencies and organizations in Africa, the United States and internationally, among them the African Union, the UN, ECOWAS, the World Bank, SIPRI, ACSS and the SSRC's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. Professor N'Diaye is a member of several International Advisory Boards. He also contributes to various academic and advocacy initiatives designed to reform security establishments and institutionalize democratic governance in the security sector of African states.


africaSandy Africa Vice Chair

Sandy Africa is an Associate Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to this she held several senior appointments in the South African security services. From 1995 to 2001, Africa headed South Africa’s civilian intelligence services’ Academy. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Deputy Director-General Corporate Services of the South African Secret Service, and from 2004 to 2007, she was the Chief of Staff in the Ministry for Intelligence, after which she formally left the service to pursue an academic career. Recently, on the request of South Africa’s Minister for State Security, Africa was involved in the reorganization of the country’s civilian intelligence agencies into a single State Security Agency. Her publications include Changing Intelligence Dynamics in Africa, co-edited with Johnny Kwadjo and published by the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR), University of Birmingham; and Well Kept Secrets: The Right of Access to Information and the South African Intelligence Services, published by the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). She has also published several book chapters and other articles on the subject of intelligence governance, mainly on South Africa’s experience of reform in this sector. Africa holds a Masters degree in African Politics from the University of South Africa and a PhD in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand

hutchfulEboe Hutchful 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 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).


agomohUju Agomoh Regional Coordinator, West Africa

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.


bkitiku Lt Col (Rtd) Jerry Kitiku Regional Coordinator, East Africa and the Great Lakes Region

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


Mwange Dr. Vincent Matomola Mwange Regional Coordinator, Southern Africa

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.

tadesse Medhane Tadesse Regional Coordinator, Horn of Africa

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..



penoneNiagalé Bagayoko-Penone Member

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..


anicialala Anícia Lalá Member

AníciaLalá is Security Sector Reform Advisor at the International Security Sector Advisory Team in the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).  She has worked in the field of international security cooperation for 15 years and has combined practitioner and academic experience in the fields of international politics, conflict resolution, development, and security. She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network and has served on its Executive Committee for a number of years. Anícia held a lecturing position in Conflict and Peace Studies at the Higher Institute for International Relations (Mozambique) and performed cumulatively as an advisor to the Rector of the same institution.  She was also employed by the Ministry of Defence of Mozambique and served at the National Directorate for Defence Policy, with responsibilities in the fields of international co-operation and institutional planning and coordination. Subsequently she worked as Deputy Director for Africa at the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform, when the project was based at Cranfield University, UK.  She also worked as a network coordinator for the African Security Sector Network, and is currently a member of its Executive Committee.  She participated in several regional and international research projects and more recently acted as the Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Privatisation of Security of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation.  Her main research focus has been on the fields of Democratisation, Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Security Sector Reform.  She is currently a PhD researcher at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK.  Her publications include  “The Difficulties of Donor Co-Ordination: Police and Judicial Reform in Mozambique” in G. Peake, E. Scheye& A. Hills (eds) Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform Routledge: Milton Park and New York, 2008, pp.77-94; “Democratic Governance and Security Sector Reform: realities from post-war Mozambique” Nação e Defesa, 144, September 2006, pp. 35-59; and “DDR in Mozambique: the Borderlines of the Success Story” in A. Fitz-Gerald, H. Mason (eds) From conflict to community: a combatant's return to citizenship GFN-SSR: Shrivenham, 2005, pp.155-185.

ahiavePaul Ahiave Member

Paul Ahiave is a Security and Governance researcher from Togo. He currently heads the Democratic Governance Programme at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, Nigeria. He has previously worked for the Arms Control Programme of the African Strategic and Peace Research Group (AFSTRAG) in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. His work with in this programme saw him recognised in the 2004 Who Is Who in Small Arms Directory, published by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). From 2001-2007, he was actively involved in the civil society's contribution to the ECOWAS Small Arms Process that culminated in the establishment of a Small Arms Unit at the ECOWAS Commission, as well as the development of the ECOWAS Moratorium and subsequent Convention on Light Weapons. Paul has also served as Consultant and Resource Person on several platforms including as a Trainer for the European Union observer mission to the 2010 Togolese Presidential elections; Resource Person to the Briefing of International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) delegation to the 2011 Nigerian General Elections; Partner in the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) programme in Nigeria; Resource Person to the AU Panel of the Wise on Strengthening Political Governance for Peace, Security and Stability in Africa; and a Consultant to the ECOWAS 2012-2015 Conflict Risk Assessment Study. In 2011 - 2012, he also had speaking roles at the African Union's Thematic Workshops of the Panel of the Wise. A writer of many seminar papers, articles and study reports, Paul writes monthly for the West Africa Insight, a regional publication supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. He is fluent in English, French, German and several African languages.

jrauch Janine Rauch Member

Janine is a South African criminologist with many years of experience in the strategy and management of large security and justice programmes. She has extensive experience in policy research and civil society activism on the subjects of policing, accountability, crime and transition in South Africa, as well as issues of governance, civil society and community safety elsewhere in Africa. She began her career with a focus on police accountability and police reform during South Africa's transition to democracy. When South Africa attained democratic rule in 1994, Janine was appointed an advisor to the Minister of Police, a role that involved advising on various aspects of police reform in the post-Apartheid era, including basic police training, the amalgamation of 11 Apartheid-era police forces into one new police service, responsibility for donor liaison and the coordination of donor support for the police reform effort. She later worked for some years on crime prevention, particularly on multi-agency prevention processes and on non-criminal-justice types of prevention. Upon leaving the South African public service, Janine worked as an independent consultant for a variety of International NGOs and donors on programme design and evaluation. Much of her work since 2007 has focussed on citizen participation, governance and community-level accountability in SSR processes. In 2011 Janine worked for the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) in Geneva as a senior SSR consultant on projects in Serbia, Mali, South Sudan and Switzerland, while consulting part-time on police accountability for the Justice for All (J4A) programme in Nigeria. In 2012 she assisted with the establishment of Corruption Watch, a new trade-union inspired civil society organisation in her native South Africa. In 2013 she led the design of a new Community Safety programme for DFID and the Government of Ethiopia. She is an active member of the ASSN Roster of African SSR Experts

rluckhamRobin Luckham Member

Robin Luckham is a political sociologist with 50 years professional experience. He began his academic career in Nigeria and Ghana, over the years establishing himself as an authority on the politics, security and political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa, with special reference to Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Somaliland, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Senegal and Mali. He has also held teaching positions at Manchester University, Harvard University and at the Australian National University. In 2006, he became the founding Chair of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST), and in 2002-2007 chaired the International Advisory Group of the Global Facilitation Network on Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR). Prof Luckham is currently a post-retirement Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (UK).



dpulkolDavid Pulkol Member

David Pulkol is the former Director-General of Uganda's External Security Organisation (ESO), as well as the former Executive Chairman of the African Leadership Institute (AFLI), a public policy think tank based in Kampala. David has also served in the past as a Cabinet Minister in the Ugandan government, an elected Member of Parliament and UNICEF Deputy Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Staff Profiles

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.

hutchful Eboe Hutchful 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).

jabubakar Jane Abubakar Programmes Coordinator

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

khaunbiow Elom Khaunbiow Programme Officer

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.


rtsivanyo Rhoda Awusi Tsivanyo Accountant

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.      






annenu Edem Annenu Maintenance Officer

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 Anthony Esua- Mensuh IT Officer

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.

Regional Hubs

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

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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).