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A New Era of Coups and Power Grabs: Implications for Leadership on the African Continent

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join the webinar at 10:00 am EDT: https://cigionline-org.zoom.us/j/86264790128?pwd=cWtUMlZHYXMwQWVFYkR2S2lXZEkrUT09

The Africa Forum, in collaboration with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, presents a thought-provoking panel discussion on the rise of coups and power grabs in Africa. This event will explore their far-reaching implications for leadership and governance across the continent.


Lead Panelist: Halima Ahmed

Ms. Halima Ahmed is a peace, security and development practitioner, currently engaged in the Horn of Africa focusing on Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. In this multifaceted role, she actively contributes to policy development, advocacy initiatives, and research endeavors. Her work involves a comprehensive approach to addressing developmental challenges in the region. With a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Ms. Ahmed brings a wealth of academic knowledge and practical experience to her role. Over the past six years, she has immersed herself in Policy Advocacy, Research, and Academia, consistently engaging with developmental issues in Sub-Saharan Africa to empower local communities with knowledge.

Ms. Ahmed previously served as a Peace, Security, and Development Early Career Fellow at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. In her role as an Independent Consultant in Policy and Research Analysis, she made significant contributions to the development of policy recommendations and reports. Through her adept rapporteuring, these outputs have played a crucial role in informing decision-making at both local and national levels.

With panelists: Gerald Acho and Hubert Kinkoh

Acho Gerald Anji is a peacebuilding and Conflict resolution practitioner with years of experience spanning across the Horn of Africa and Africa Great Lakes Region. His expertise lies in integrating conflict sensitivity into programs, particularly within the challenging landscape of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus. Acho currently works for Concordis International as the Darfur Programme Manager. He is a Peace and Security Non-Resident Fellow with the Global Governance Institute and a PhD Researcher at Leiden University, the Hague – Netherlands. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace Studies and International Relations from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.

Hubert Kinkoh is a policy-facing researcher with considerable experience producing and disseminating knowledge on various issues intersecting with peace, security and governance in Africa.  Currently a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, he previously held research roles at International Crisis Group, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the United States Institute of Peace, among others. Serving diverse clients, Hubert analyses, and has widely published on issues spanning inter alia Africa in the world and the world in Africa; the governance of peace and security and the role of international and regional organisations; electoral democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law. He has a double Masters in Peace Studies and International Relations from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Moderator: Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Discussant: Abdi Issa, PhD in Global Governance candidate



May 28
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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