Professor Oumar Ndongo

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Professor Oumar Ndongo is a Professor of American literature and culture at the Cheikh Anto Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. He has extensive civil society experience as Director of SYSTOSENEGAL, Executive Secretary of PANAFSTRAG Senegal and President of the Senegalese Section of the Federation for Universal Peace. His areas of core expertise covers Governance, Peace and Security, Regional integration as well as Gender and Peacebuilding and is currently the Scientific Director of the Master’s Degree Programme on Gender and Peacebuilding at Cheikh Anta Diop University.
In addition to academics, the erudite professor has had extensive career in development work especially in the field of peacebuilding. From 2007 to 2012 Prof Ndongo served as the General Secretary of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) based in Abuja to interface with ECOWAS on issues relating to Democracy, Governance, Peace and Security, Regional Integration, Development. He also served as director of the Mano River Union Peace Forum based in Freetown, Sierra Leone and worked with civil society organizations for the restoration of peace in the war-torn Mano River Union countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Professor Ndongo also has extensive knowledge of West Africa and its civil society having served as Director of the Mano River Peace Forum and President of the West African Research Association. In addition, he has been a senior Fulbright scholar and peace ambassador for the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. He is fluent in English, French, Wolof and Pular and understands Spanish.
A prolific writer, Professor Ndongo has published several articles and books in African and American Journals and co-authored many books on varied topics such as conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy and Regional Integration. He has extensive research capacity and vast experience of networking in West African civil society. 

Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman

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Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman is the immediate past ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security. Prior to this position, served as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development in 2008 under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, a Lawyer by profession, was born in Argungu, a fishing community in Kebbi State of Nigeria. She had her secondary education at the prestigious Queens College, Lagos before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where she obtained a degree in Law. She later obtained a master’s degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Salamatu has had a fulfilling career in public service and the development sector working variously with the Ministry of Justice in the old Sokoto State, Continental Merchant Bank, Lagos, NAL Merchant Bank and the Aluminum Smelter Company, where she was company secretary/legal adviser. She also had a stint at the Securities and Exchange Commission before being appointed Minister.
Salamatu is currently on the Board of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Nigeria as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Madam Dao Gabala

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Mariam has over 20 years of diversified professional experience in development finance within both the private and public sectors in Cote D’ivoire. She is currently the Regional Representative for the Francophone Africa of the Ecumenical Development Co-operative Society (SCOD). She is a member of the Board of Directors of ECOBANK Ghana and also the president of Coalition des Femmes Leaders de Côte d’Ivoire.  She holds a Diploma (finance/accounting option) from the Higher Commercial School, Abidjan. She is currently the Regional Manager and the West African Representative for Oikocredit International.

MBROU Antoinette Yawavi

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Mme MBROU Antoinette Yawavi is a Togolese by nationality and an International Consultant on Human Rights, Election observations, Mediation and Negotiation among others. She was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Togo and has worked with several research institutions and international development agencies. She is a Lawyer and Legal Adviser. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Law.

Rev. John Nkum

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Rev. John Nkum is an Organization and Systems Development consultant.  He is also a Development Planning and Project Management consultant. Rev. Nkum is the founder and Executive Director of Nkum Associates, a consultancy firm that has undertaken local and international assignments in the fields of organization and systems development, development planning and project management since 1992.  He is also the Executive Director of Organization Development Centre-Ghana, a Non-Governmental organization that offers capacity development, training and coaching services to organizations and executives in Africa.

Rev. John Nkum holds a Masters Degree in Development Planning and a second Masters Degree as well as several professional/practitioner certificates in Gestalt Organization and Systems Development.  He is also a practitioner of the gestalt approach to couples and family therapy, a member of the Founders’ Circle of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization and Systems Development Integrative Study Centre in Ohio, USA. Rev. Nkum is a Partner of the GestaltOD Partners LLC, a company registered in the US and offering OD and Leadership development programs internationally.  He is a certified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator psychometric instrument.

Rev. Nkum is a member of the Membership Committee of the National Training Laboratory (NTL) of the USA. He is also a member of the OD Network (ODN), the International Association of Organization Development (IODA) and also of the Ghana Institute of Planners.

He is the Senior Associate Pastor of Tesano Baptist Church, Accra, Ghana.