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.

penoneNiagalé Bagayoko-Penone Chair

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..

bkitiku Lt Col (Rtd) Jerry Kitiku Vice Chair

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

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.

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..

africaSandy Africa Member

Sandy Africa served as a senior official in the South African security services from 1994 to 2007. This included periods heading the training academy of the civilian intelligence services, heading the corporate services function of the foreign service, and finally, heading the office of the minister as chief of staff. After her career in government service, she worked as a researcher and consultant on security reform and governance issues for governments, academic institutions, think tanks, and civil society organisations. From 2007 she was also an Associate of the Centre for Defence and Security Management, which was housed in the current School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand. In this capacity she participated in several research and capacity building initiatives promoting democratic governance of the security sector in the SADC region aimed at parliaments, defence and security institutions. From 2008 to 2016, Sandy taught Public Policy, and Security and Strategic Studies in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, where she was Senior Editor for the journal Strategic Review for Southern Africa. Other appointments she held at the University of Pretoria were Temporary Director of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (2012 – 2016) and Acting Head of the Department of Political Science (March - December 2016). She was active in the corporate life of the University, serving as Chairperson of the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities and as a member of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of that Faculty too. In recognition of her work in the fields of public policy for the security services, Sandy was nominated and served as a Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and is an Associate Member of the Southern Voices Network of the Wilson Centre. Apart from serving on editorial boards of several journals, she was invited to be a peer reviewer for the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Next Generation Social Researchers (2011, 2012), and has regularly served on peer review panels for the National Research Council of South Africa. During a secondment from the University from 2013 and 2014, she was a Special Advisor to the SA Minister of Finance.

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.

ndiayeBoubacar N'Diaye Member

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.

Emile OuedraogoEmile Ouedraogo Member

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 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.

Sean TaitSean Tait Member

Sean Tait is the founder and Director of APCOF. He holds a degree in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. He is a former Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, and the former Executive Director of a South African non-governmental organization Urban Monitoring and Awareness Committee (UMAC). His areas of expertise include policing, police accountability, crime prevention, conflict resolution and peace building.

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).