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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.