'Funmi Olonisakin


’Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London and 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 conflict, security and development in Africa. The ALC is based in Nairobi, Kenya and at King’s College London.

Visit the ALC at:
http://www.africanleadershipcentre.org and www.kcl.ac.uk

For details of these degree programmes see:

The MSc Security, Leadership & Society

The MSc Leadership & Development

African Leadership Centre (ALC)

Professor Olonisakin is currently Vice-President and Vice-Principal International at King’s College London. She has lead responsibility for all international matters at the College.

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Academic Positions

  • Present2016

    Extra-Ordinary Professor

    University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • Present2016


    Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace & Security appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General

  • Present2015


    Advisory Group of Experts for the Review of UN Peacebuilding Architecture appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General

  • Present2014

    Distinguished Associate Fellow

    Geneva Centre for Security Policy

  • Present2013

    Programme Director

    ALC King’s College London MSc Security, Leadership & Society

  • Present2012

    Research Associate

    Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, SA

  • 20132003


    Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London

  • 20032000


    Office of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 1996

    Ph.D. in War Studies

    King’s College London, United Kingdom

  • M.A. 1990

    Masters in War Studies

    King’s College London

  • BSc 1984

    BSc Political Science

    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria ( Formerly University of Ife)

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2010-Present
    International Advisory Board Training for Peace Programme. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2013
    Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar on Peace and Conflict, University of Pretoria
  • 2013
    International Advisory Committee, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Centre (TMALC)
  • 2008-2012
    ASSN African Security Sector Network
  • 2014
    Distinguished Fellow - Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • 2011-Present
    Board of Trustees of International Alert
  • From 2012
    Board Member, TANA High Level Forum on Security in Africa
  • 2013-Present
    Board of Trustees, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • 2005-Present
    International Advisory Board, Geneva Centre for Democratic Council of Armed Forces (DCAF)

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