Our Conference will bring practitioners, academics and experts from various areas, providing an interactive space to discuss the challenging development issues of leadership, migration and geopolitics through their experiences.

Among the speakers we have joining us as panelists on the Conference are:

Dr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) supporting the Africa, Middle East, and peace operations programs and serving as focal point on mediation policies and practices. Before retiring from the United Nations in January 2011, He was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Ms. Alaa Murabit, born in Canada of Libyan parents, she founded The Voice of Libyan Women, and is activist for women’s rights. As an international leader, she has become a strong advocate for these, as well as for their inclusion in peace processes and conflicts.

Mr. Javier Farje, Journalist and International Analyst.

Prof. ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Professor of Security, Leadership and Development, Director of the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London, and still provides support and is involved with the United Nations Security Council.

General (Rtd) Martin Luther Agwai, Former Force Commander, United Nations African Union and Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Mr. Fabio Abud Antibas, Counsellor, Political Affairs, Defence, and Candidatures, Embassy of Brazil.

Prof. Chris Alden, Professor of International Relations, China-Africa relations expert, London School of Economics, Recognized Author and Senior Associate at the ALC.

Mr. Desmond Davies, currently the London Bureau Chief of the Ghana News Agency, is a former Editor of West Africa magazine. He  has been  a journalist and commentator on African affairs for almost 40 years in the press, radio and television such as BBC World TV, Al Jazeera, Press TV and CNN.

Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, at the the Department of Geography and Environment of the London School of Economics since 2008. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban development, with particular attention to Asian cities. He was awarded BSc from Seoul National University in 1994, and worked in the construction sector for six years before arriving at the LSE to pursue MSc (2000) and PhD (2006).

Dr. Oscar Guardiola/Rivera, Award winner author of What If Latin America Ruled the World? (2010) chosen as one the best non-fiction books by the Financial Times, Assistant Dean, School of Law, Birkbeck University of London.

Prof. Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies, African Leadership Centre, King’s College.

Prof. Romola Sanyal, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics.