Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin
Funmi Olonisakin is Interim Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & development at King’s College London. She has been founding Director of the African Leadership centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for security and development in Africa; and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London from 2003 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice. Her research focuses on issues at the security-development nexus on which she has published extensively. Her most recent research has focused on “Reframing narratives of Peace and State Building in Africa” and on “Future Peace, Society and the State in Africa”. The University of Pretoria appointed ‘Funmi Olonisakin as an Extra-Ordinary Professor in the Department of Political Sciences in 2016. In January 2015, Professor Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. She is currently a member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the UN Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security; a Distinguished Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI).