OUR TEAM

Isaac Olawale Albert is a Professor of African History, Peace and Conflict Studies and the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan. He is a member of the Standing Committee of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Funds (TETFUND) on Research and Development (R&D). Albert was a two time (1991 and 1994) winner of the (MA and PhD) Thesis Writing Fellowship of the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar.

He established the MA and Ph.D degree programme of the University of Ibadan in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2000; the MA and Ph.D course of the University of Ilorin (Nigeria) in Peace and Strategic Studies in 2009 and was the UNDP Consultant for the design of the MA Peace and Development Studies Programme of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He was a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Inequality and Human Security (CRISE) at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2007 and a Resident Scholar of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in 2016.

He was the convener of the 2008 Extended Workshop on Social History jointly sponsored by SEPHIS (Netherlands) and CODESRIA on “Historicizing Migration”, St. Louis, Senegal, 3-21 March 2008. This project involved scholars from different parts of Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America. He was appointed the Editor in Chief of the African Union’s African Journal on Terrorism in 2019 and the Editor in Chief of the ICMC Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal in 2020.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators and an Associate Member of the Finnish Folklore fellows (Helsinki) instituted by the Finnish Academy of Letters. He was a Regional Board Chairman of the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP) Accra, Ghana from February 2015 to February 2017. He became a Member, West Africa Body of Peacebuilding Fellows in 2019. He is a Full Member of the Chatham House London (113597).

He was a federal delegate to the 2014 Nigeria’s National Conference in Abuja. He delivered the 2017 Kofi Annan – Dag Hammarskjöld lecture at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana on Regional Engagement in Peacebuilding in Africa: Perspectives and Challenges. He gave the keynote address to the Chatham House/West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN) Seminar on “Sahelian Security in Flux” on May 13, 2019 in London. He spoke on Scoping the Security Crisis in the Sahel. His latest book, titled Urbanism and Crisis Management in Africa, was published in 2019 by the Pan African University Press in Texas, USA.

Line Brylle, Global Armed Violence Reduction Advisor – Danish Refugee Council: has worked for over a decade in managing programmes for international organisations within the fields of humanitarian mine action, conflict resolution, protection and humanitarian assistance – working mainly in Central Africa (DR Congo; Central African Republic) and in the Sahel region.

In her current position as Global Armed Violence Reduction Advisor for the Danish Refugee Council – Danish Demining Group (DRC-DDG), Line supports programming worldwide, covering more than 10 countries. These experiences include conducting training and supporting teams in Afghanistan, North-Eastern Nigeria, Sahel, Cameroun, Somalia and other. The work is focused on advising on community-based safety approaches, supporting staff and communities with conflict management and developing mediation and dialogue initiatives.

Line is a member of the network Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), Danish chapter, and is also involved in the Global Alliance of Regional Women Mediators Networks. She is also a member of the Danish Network for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (NCPPB).

Line has an academic background in Anthropology of Development (MA) and has a professional training in mediation.

Resume of Louis Brown Ogbeifun

Phone No: +2348036591794, Emil louis.ogbeifun@gmail.com

Louis is a core HR professional and astute mediator. He retired from the Group Human Resources Division of the NNPC as Manager, Employee Relations (ER) in 2015. As Manager ER, he was charged with the responsibilities of managing union-management relations and resolving disputes that might have arisen thereof. He successfully mediated and resolved several industrial relations disputes in the oil and gas industry, thereby saving the country huge costs, which would have been lost to industrial actions. While in service. He also sat in for the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, on the 13-Man Ministerial Committee, on the resolution of conflicts in the oil and gas sector. 

Profile

He has over thirty-two years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, most of it was spent in conflict resolution practice. He holds the Bachelor of Public Administration. 2nd Class Upper, from the University of Benin, Master of Health Planning and Management from the University of Benin, the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, Social and Community Development; HONORIS CAUSA of the Evangel Christian University African Campus, Lagos. While in service, he served the country in several Committees, including but not limited to: the Nigeria Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG); Nigerian  Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI); Ministerial Committee on the sustainability of the NNPC Pension Fund; Independent Consolidation and Cushioning Committee; Committee on Socio-Economic Impact of Downstream Deregulation Committee, Committee on the Privatization of the Downstream Operations of the oil and gas industry.

REFEREE

Mr. Babatunde Sofowora

The Executive Director, Services,

Port Harcourt Refining Limited,

Eleme, Port Harcourt,

Rivers State.

sofowora_bs@yahoo.com

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Accredited Mediator- Centre for Effective Dispute  Resolution (CEDR), UK – 2003; 
  • Certified Trainer of Managing Workplace Conflict, Mediation Training Institute (MTI), USA; 2006
  • Certified Professional in Managing Workplace Conflict Mediation Training Institute (MTI), USA; 2010
  • Fellow, Institute Of Chartered Mediators And Conciliators (ICMC), Nigeria,
  • Member, the Panel of Neutrals, Edo State Multi Door Court House, Benin City,
  • Member, the Panel of Neutrals, the Federal High Court, FCT, Abuja
  • Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants,
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, and Nigeria.
  • Member, NIM
  • Associate Member, CIPM

 

AWARDS/ LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • United Nations Public Service Award, 2020
  • Crown of Peace and Leadership Award, 2019;
  • AI Oil Gas Dispute Resolution Award 2015;
  • Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators [ICMC] [President] [2012]–[2016];      
  • Trade Union Congress [TUC] [Deputy President General 1] [2003]–[2005];
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association [PENGASSAN] [President] [2003]–[2005]
  • Omeziri Ndigbo 1 Na Nigeria, 2019;
  • Garkusa Mattasan Arewa, 2019;

STEVE CRITCHLEY  CD, C.Med

Steve Critchley is a practicing mediator with international experience. He has taught mediation programs overseas in the UK, Italy, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Dubai.

Steve spent 28 years as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He was a Basic Training Instructor as well as an Advanced Leadership Instructor.  He was deployed to Egypt, Cyrus and Bosnia. 

During the Bosnian war, Steve witnessed human conflict at its worst. His experiences included negotiating with armed belligerents and establishing small local areas of trust and cooperation. Steve developed a belief that people can work together to achieve realistic and positive results.


Steve was also included in a select group from the Canadian Military to undergo Mediation training as part of a pilot program co-coordinated by the Executive Director for Conflict Management responsible to the Department of National Defence and the Federal Government. After completing the assignment of authoring a paper on Mediation, Steve achieved the third phase of the Mediator Qualification Program in July 2000.

 Steve has been involved in mediations in Alberta Civil Court, private mediations between land owners and multi national energy companies, a $500m law suite, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, at Federal, Provincial and municipal governments.  Steve has taught mediation skills world wide to a large group of international participants including several programs in various locations across Africa.

Steve cofounded Can Praxis in 2011 and continues their work with Veterans and First Responders along with their families overcoming PTSD and OSI.   After working with over 400 couples dealing with PTSD Steve has in-depth experience working with the Crisis and Conflict the injury brings to their everyday life.

BRIEF PROFILE OF ‘SEGUN OGUNYANNWO

‘Segun is an acclaimed mediator and trainer of mediators. He holds a first degree in Mechanical Engineering with extensive experience in Training and Human Capital Development. He brings to the mediation process, the creativity and ingenuity of an Engineer – calling the process, “Human Engineering“. He also holds a Masters’ degree in “Peace and Conflict Studies”.

’Segun has consulted for and trained mediators for the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mid-Western Oil and Gas (MWOG), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Agency for International Development (GIZ), DFID: Justice for All (J4A), Mercy Corps (MC), International Republican Institute (IRI), West African Network for Peace-building (WANEP), Kofi Annan International Peace-making Training Centre (KAIPTC), Heartland Alliance Int’l (HAI), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Partnership Initiatives In the Niger Delta (PIND), etc.

He Consulted for the UNDP Integrated Peacebuilding Program for Nigeria’s Farmers/Herders Crisis in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States. He won the international ‘Call for Consultants’ to conduct the Neutral Mediation, Dialogue Facilitation and Training of Trainers (TOT) certification courses for staff of Danish Demining Group (DDG) an arm of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

‘Segun wrote the proposal for the establishment of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and served as the first in-house mediator. He also wrote the proposals for the establishment of the Kano, Uyo and Ogun Multi-Door Courthouses (MDCs) and served as Consultant on the projects. He is presently consulting for GIZ for the establishment of the Plateau and Niger States MDCs.

He is the first Nigerian to receive the prestigious International Mediation Accreditation from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London. He is also an MTI-US Certified Professional in Workplace Mediation and has certification in Preventive Peace-building from the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP)

He is the President of Mediation Training Institute (MTI-Nigeria). He is the immediate past Registrar/CEO, Member, Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC). He is a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP)

He is on the Panels of Neutrals of the Abuja, Kano and Ogun Multi-Door Courthouses, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); Member, Boards of Trustees of International Institute for Leadership and Governance (INILAG), Initiative for African Peace (Afri-Peace) and Network of African Peace-builders (NAPS).

He is one of the consultants and facilitators for the UNDP sponsored project for Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante Groups from the North East. He was a consultant on the Presidential Amnesty Program for ex-militants of the Niger Delta.

’Segun conducts the ADR Professional Skills Certification course for students of the Nigerian Law School in ALL the campuses and was ‘Judge’ for the National Client Interviewing and Counseling Skills Competition for University Law Students. He has done extensive research on the Effects of Personality Types on Team-building and Organizational Performance; the Financial Cost of Un-resolved Workplace Conflicts and the Application of ADR in the Criminal Justice System

’Segun is the author of The Effective Mediator, a resource material for practicing and aspiring mediators. He loves peace and people, demonstrating deep knowledge and understanding of human nature. He is adjudged one of the best mediators and trainers of mediators in Africa and has been appointed as an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation.

PROFILE OF PROFESSOR ALERO ERHIEYOVWE AKEREDOLU, LL.S (Benin), ll.m (ibadan), PHD (ibadan)

Professor Alero Erhieyovwe AKEREDOLU after her call to bar in 1988 was counsel in the Chambers of Akeredolu & Olujinmi, after which she was an Associate in the Chambers of Chief Akinola Adaramaja, SAN up till 1994 when she established her own chambers – Jedidiah Chambers.

She is an Internationally Certified Mediator from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom (CEDR, UK), a graduate of the Harvard Law School, PON Mediation Course, Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Cambridge, USA, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Conciliators and Mediators of Nigeria (ICMC), a Fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, (CEPACS, Now Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, IPSS) and a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP).

Professor Akeredolu began her lecturing career at Lead City, University, Ibadan, before crossing over to the University of Ibadan in 2007 where she rose to become an Associate Professor in 2015. In 2016, she was on sabbatical at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo and was subsequently appointed a full Professor of Law by that prestigious University in 2017. She served there as the Dean of Faculty of Law up till October 2018, where she provided strategic leadership and direction to the Faculty.

Professor Akeredolu is on the Panel of Neutrals of Lagos and Oyo State Multidoor Courts. She was also a member of the Oyo State Steering Committee that midwived the Oyo State Multidoor Courthouse. A highly distinguished ADR Scholar and Practitioner, Professor Akeredolu has engaged in teaching and research on ADR and Conflict Resolution for over fifteen years and counting.

PROFILE OF DR. PATRICK COKER

Patrick is a former naval officer, and Military Spokesperson of the then largest United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sierra Leone. He also served as a Civilian UN official in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Nepal and the UN Headquarters, USA.

He is Mediation Training Institute Consultant and Director on National and Foreign Partners. He is a member of the Bar in Nigeria. He holds the following academic degrees MBA, LLB, BL, and LLM UK and a current PhD student at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Scotland.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

• More than 16 years high-level managerial and administrative United Nations experience in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, USA and Nepal.

• Proven abilities in building and consolidating partnerships at the governmental, regulatory, or legislative levels

• Demonstrated ability to mobilize resource from multiple stakeholders.

• Broad experience working and collaborating with top level strategic partners

• Strong analytical skills and close working relationships with top teams of advocates, analysts, policy experts and communications specialists to support targeted priorities;

• Strong advocacy skills including the ability to credibly represent organizations in public forums and media

• Experience managing human and financial resources

• Analytical and problem-solving capabilities which significantly help to resolve serious peace and security related crisis; Strong skills and abilities responding to crisis and providing insightful preventive advice, including early warning and reconciliatory measures;

• Proven research and writing skills with experience targeting international policy makers in world body forums.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Nigerian Bar Association

MTI Certified Mediator.

Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators

Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London

Associate Member, ICABA

Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA)

Member, Energy Institute, UK

Laura Bismarck Emereole is a result driven legal advocate with expertise in social
justice, gender, mediation, peace and conflict resolution.
Born 2 nd December, 1985, at Lagos, hails from Fugar, Estako Central of Edo State,
married and blessed with four children.
My Primary education was at Nigerian Navy Primary School, Apapa, Lagos from 1990-
1995, My Secondary School Education was at Grace & Truth School, Ijegun, Lagos
from 1995-1998 and Alpha Comprehensive High School, Okerube, Lagos from 1998-
2001.
Diploma and LLB in Law at University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria from 2005-2011
and BL at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja Campus, Abuja, 2012.
I am an excellent communicator with a dynamic aptitude for public speaking, teaching,
mediating, negotiating and facilitating skills for a broad and diverse range of audiences.
With over nine years of experience at National level advocacy, extensive involvement
in different levels of relationship building, marketing and program development.
Proficiency in management of multiple projects while meeting challenging deadlines,
entrepreneurial at heart and a team player known for impassioned approach and
insightful ideas.
Tel: 0807-789-6930, 0803-645-5444; Email: emereolelaura@gmail.com

LLOYD DURU, Esq.

pnm, DRS; FICMC, FCArb, FIL

Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator, Trainer

Fellow of Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and Member of the Governing Council; Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria; Fellow of International Institute of Leadership and Governance (INILAG) and serves as Registrar.

Lloyd was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 with 2nd Class Upper Division.

He was among the first set of professionals to liberalize the teaching of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa since 2002.

Lloyd was involved in designing the Arbitration and ADR curricula now being taught in the Nigerian Law School and was involved in training the trainers who now mainstream ADR in institutions like the Nigerian Ombudsman – Public Complaints Commission; Legal Aid Council; Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps; etc.

Consultant to Mercy Corps on Interest-Based Negotiation and Mediation for Nigerian Military Personnel, Judicial Officers, Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, Women, and Youths.

Consultant to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Search for Common Ground (SFCG); European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES); among others.

He undertook numerous specialized local and international courses in the areas of Arbitration; Mediation; Negotiation Techniques and Skills; Conflict Analysis; Conflict Management organized by institutions like DCON Consulting; United States Institute for Peace (USIP); International Law Association (ILA); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); UNCTAD; Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa-South Africa (AFSA); Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM); Dispute Resolution Associates (DRA); etc.

Lloyd is Director of Studies and Legal Adviser of Mediation Training Institute Nigeria (MTI); Head, Legal/Ombudsman, Fellowship of Partners for the Protection of Ethics and Values (FOPPEV). Faculty member of Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC); a member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as Section on Business Law of NBA. He is a member, Panel of Neutrals at Kano Multi-Door Courthouse (KMDC). Lloyd was the pioneer Registrar, Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM).

Lloyd has been involved in several arbitral proceedings and has participated as Sole Arbitrator or Co-Arbitrator or Registrar or Mediator in several unchallenged arbitral proceedings and mediation sessions.

Tel: +234 80 3345 8845; +234 80 9824 6277 e-Mail: lloydduru@gmail.com

Dr. Aminu Adamu Bello was born in Mubi, in the Mubi Local Government Council of Adamawa State. He holds graduate and post-graduate credentials from attendance at Zaria Army Children School, Zaria; Gyel Commercial College, Bukuru-Jos; NTA-Television College, Jos; Federal University of Technology, (now Modibbo Adama University of Technology) Yola; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU, Bauchi; University of Abuja, Gwagwalada; National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Abuja, Ahmadu Belo University, Zaria, Transcend Peace University International, and University of Texas, Austin

Bello’s 35 years career in the public service started in broadcasting at the then Gongola Broadcasting Corporation, Yola (1980) and the Nigerian Television Authority, Yola (1981-1990) from where he joined the then National Electoral Commission, NEC (1990-2016). During these 35 years, Bello rose to the rank of Deputy Director (2010). He was one time Administrative Secretary, INEC in Bauchi (2010-2012) and Administrative Secretary in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT office of the Commission (2012-2013). Bello retired as Deputy Director, serving in the directorate of Electoral Alternative Dispute Resolution, EADR, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on the 26th November, 2016.

As a civil servant, Bello was involved in the management of local professional unions to which he belonged. He was Chairman, Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU (1983), State Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ (1989-1991), Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR (1990-1992). In these capacities, Bello was engaged assiduously in hallmarking the competent and advancing the knowledge of the trades/professions.  

As a precursor to his practice as a Mediator, Bello trained as a Journalist, an Administrator, a Peacebuilder, and as a Lawyer. Bello is a Transformative Mediation Practitioner, (TMP) aligned to the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, ISCT; he is a Certified InAccord Workplace Mediator and has been inducted into the Settlement House as a Dispute Resolution Specialist.    

Bello runs a full practice as sole practitioner in Byelloh & Byelloh, Dispute Resolution Specialists, and is a founding Director, Intractable Dispute Mediators. He also runs the legal firm of CHIROMA & BELLO. He is married with children. 

PROFILE OF HON. OLUGBENGA GBARADA.

FICMC, FIMC, ACIArb, MSPSP.

Gbarada Olugbenga graduated with B.Tech. in Biochemistry. He studied Peace and Conflict Studies at Master’s and PhD level. He is a seasoned Mediator, Conflict Management Practitioner, Trainer and Management Consultant. He has organized and facilitated many conflict management trainings for several organizations and bodies within and outside the country. He has participated in several courses in conflict management and peacebuilding in various institutions around the world and facilitated several others. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Dispute Resolution Academy (DRA). He is also the Executive Director “Initiative for Peacebuilding and Social Change” (IPSC).

He is a member of the following professional bodies;

Fellow, Institute of Mediators Chartered and Conciliator (ICMC), Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb), Associate, Conflict Management and Leadership Training Institute, (CMLTI) Canada, Member, Society for Peace Studies and Practice(SPSP).  He is on the training faculties of Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliator (ICMC) and HR Exponentials etc.

 Gbarada is a scholar with several publications in both local and International Journals.

PROFILE OF DR. CHIKA NYA-ETOK

Dr. Chika Nya-Etok has many years of experience as a Counsellor. Trained and certified by the Institute of Counselling, Glasgow, UK, she is the Lead Counsellor at Soul Health Counselling services based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Her experience covers a wide areas of practice such as relationship Counselling, family Counselling, grief and bereavement Counselling, retirement Counselling and career Counselling. She is a much sought-after resource person for training in counselling skills.

Dr. Chika Nya-Etok is also a Public Health Physician with over twenty years’ experience, a 2015 Fellow of the Health Literacy Leadership Institute of Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusets and a passionate advocate for Universal Health Coverage.

A former Country Medical Adviser of Unilever Nigeria, she has previously worked in private clinical and corporate occupational health practice. She is the Principal of HealthWise Concepts in Nigeria which drives Health Literacy promotion to educate healthcare professionals and the public on health and related matters for print, electronic and social media. 

HealthWise Concepts envisions a Nigeria in which there is optimal patient-provider synergy at all levels of healthcare delivery and accessible, affordable, qualitative care for all persons of all demographics at all times. 

The advocacy to improve health literacy among healthcare professionals and the general public is driven on social media by the hashtags #SoulHealthTalks,   #HealthLiteracyNaija and #PlainLanguageTuesday.

Dr. Chika Nya-Etok is a member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Nigeria. 

She is happily married with three grown-up children and a delightful grandson.

PROFILE OF DR. LYDIA UMAR

Dr. Lydia Umar is an educationist and development professional with a background in Curriculum Studies (Social Studies). In addition to lecturing for over 30 years, she co-founded Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) in 2000 to promote peace and gender equity. In the areas of conflict management, mediation and peace building, she has worked as practitioner, trainer, researcher and coordinator for government agencies and development partners. Her capacity has been built through numerous trainings which include UPEACE Faculty and Staff Development Seminars in Zambia and UNOWAS Regional Mediation Training.  On the regional level, she was a Board Member of WANEP for 8 years, faculty Staff of the West Africa Peace Institute (WAPI) for 6 years and Regional Adviser of the West African Women in Peace building Network.

She has held appointments which include Chairperson, Steering Committee of Global Crisis Preventive Mechanism for West Africa, and is currently representative of UNOWAS Women, Peace and Security working Group in Nigeria. She facilitated its establishment and work, particularly promoting peaceful election and engaging women in Politics in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. She is also Regional Vice Chairperson and Country President of NOPSWECO. She carried out gender trainings and audits for UN agencies and served as Kaduna State Gender Adviser for Humanitarian Centre on Community Dialogue, Geneva.

She has worked extensively as a technical expert in several peacebuilding initiatives in Kaduna State, Nigeria and internationally. She was part of developing the National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. She led the advocacy efforts which resulted in the passage of the Violence against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP, 2018) in Kaduna State. More recently, she served as a consultant for the development of the 5-year strategic plan for the Kaduna Peace Commission and facilitated dialogues in conflict hot spots in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

PROFILE OF DR. TIMI OYEBODE

Timi Oyebode (PhD) is the Founder & Head Counsellor at Attitude Development International, an Organization focused on promoting Professional Counselling & Counselling Education in Africa.

She is a Seasoned, Passionate and Certified Professional COUNSELLOR with over sixteen (16) years’ experience working with individuals, couples, and families. 

Her focus is on Emotional Wellness, Self-Discovery, Trauma, Abuse, Addiction and Sex Recovery Therapy.

She is an Associate chartered Mediator & Conciliator with ICMC, a Member of various Counselling & Psychotherapy Association and the President, African Network of Professional Counsellors.

Hence, when it is about Trauma, Abuse, Addiction, or regaining your life and Sexuality, Dr.Timi Oyebode is the Counselor you want to meet.

She is married for 15 years and blessed with 4 children.

You can follow her on FB, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter as: @TimiOyebode

OLUWAFISAYO STEPHEN AYITA is a young and energetic man with not only good communication skills but also effective disputes resolutions skills as a chartered mediator and conciliator. These skills help him builds and sustains relationships. He believes in using audience therapy in clients’ management cum empathy which he generously gives to assuage those that comes his path a soothing end. As a legal practitioner, teacher, chartered Arbitrator and chartered Tax Accountant, he believes in human empowerment through proper training and education. He is a team player and result oriented at minimum cost. He is on a panel of neutrals of the Abuja Multi-door Courthouse (AMDC).

He is currently Director of Training at Mediation Training Institute (MTI-Nigeria) and National Training Coordinator for Nigerian Law School on ADR for ICMC.

Fisayo’s professional Conflict Management experiences for more than three years focus on non-adversarial methods of dispute resolutions and appropriate conflict prevention and management mechanisms in Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration, Counselling and strategic Negotiation with deep understanding and application of other spectrum of Alternative Dispute Resolutions. He has trained 14,800 Youth in National Service (NYSC) on How To Prevent Violent Conflicts in their places of primary assignment, 2,304 lawyers of the Nigerian Law School students in professional ADR Course for certification of Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), many sitting high court judges, magistrates, and so many in legal profession, union bodies, law agents, traditional council, Market women, International NGOs personnel in excess of a thousand for Accreditation and Certification of both MTI and ICMC. These trainings are conducted in different parts and zones of Nigeria even up to the conflict ridden Nigeria North East, North West and North Central.

He was at one time for seven years 2019-2016 trainer for professional accountancy certification including for membership of institute of chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN). He had trained for professional qualification of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Fisayo is a member of many professional bodies ;Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria (CITN), Maritime Arbitration Association of Nigeria (MAAN) , Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to mention but a few. He is an MTI Certified Mediator.

He may be reached through Mobile +234 8064613245 and Email professorayita@gmail.com

AMB. CLEMENTINA OKOLO

AMB. CLEMENTINA OKOLO has (Bsc) in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Diploma in French Language and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

A Chartered Mediator and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).

An Author, a Registered Nigerian Teacher, a Child Development Expert and a Counselor.

President, Mediation, Peace and Vocational Training Initiative.

Principal Consultant, Mediation and Peace Consult Ltd.

A Member of the Association of Professional Mediators and Concilliators, a Member, Working Group For Women, Youths, Peace and Security in West Africa and The Sahel (WGWYPS-WAS) (UNOWAS). Member, Conflict Management and Leadership Training Institute, Calgary, Canada.

Member, Rotary Club of Abuja (The Ambassadors).

AMB. CLEMENTINA OKOLO is a Peace Artist. She uses songs to sensitize people about peace.

PROFILE OF DR. ADEOLA ADAMS

Adeola Adams is the Secretary-General of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice
(SPSP). He obtained a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan.
He also studies ‘Decentralization, Federalism and Conflict Resolution’ in 2008 from
University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Dr. Adams is the Vice President (Exam and Records), Institute of Chartered Mediators
and Conciliator (ICMC). He is also the pioneer coordinator of the Nigerian Watch
Project, under the scientific supervision of IFRA-Nigeria and funded by the Nigeria
Stability and Reconciliation (NSRP).
Dr. Adeola Adams is currently a Senior Lecturer, Department of Peace and Conflict
Resolution, National Open University, Nigeria, Abuja.
Tel: 0708-147-8381, 0805-668-3323 Email: tjadams20@yahoo.co.uk

Citation of ROSEMARY C. CHIKWENDU LLM, BL. FCMC

Rosemary Chikwendu is a Lawyer, a Mediator, an Arbitrator, and a Negotiator.

She holds a first degree in law and an LLM in International Commercial Law. She has practiced law for over 32 years with pro-bias for human rights, particularly the rights of women and children.

She was trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution by many renowned institutions within and outside Nigeria. These include:

  1. Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Nigeria (ICMC) as an Associate, Fellow and a Trainer
  2. International Law Institute, Georgetown University Washington D.C. USA as a Mediator and Arbitrator
  3. United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) as a Communicator, Negotiator and Social psychologist.
  4. Pulse Institute Calgary Canada as a Workplace and International Mediator
  5. Harvard University Law School as a Negotiator
  6. The ABC group Netherlands as a Communication Psychologist
  7. The TOOLKIT Company Netherlands as a Communicator.
  8. United States Institute of Peace as a Conflict Analyst.
  9. The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Dispute Resolution Centre, as a Mediator.

She is a founding partner of Chikwendu & Chikwendu & Co a firm of Legal Practitioners, Mediators & Arbitrators.

She is a mediation trainer, and a member of the training faculty of ICMC, the Peace Building Systems Development Consult (Mediation Trainers and Consultants.) and the Mary Evergreen Foundation and My Take Initiative,        

 She sits as a Mediator & Arbitrator at the Abuja Multi-Door Court House of the FCT Judiciary, Dispute Resolution Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Citizens Rights Center Enugu, Dispute Resolution Center of the Federal High Court, Mary Evergreen Dispute Resolution Centre and My Take Initiative Dispute Resolution Center.                                                                  

She was an Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) from 2014 to 2016, and the Abuja Law Development institute in 2015.

She is the Executive Director of Peace Building Systems Development Consult, Mary Evergreen Foundation, and My Take Initiative.

Rosemary is a member of some reputable professional organizations, and has held several leadership positions in some of them. They include:

  • The Nigerian Bar Association {NBA]
  • The International Bar Association (IBA)

 Advisory Board member Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee January 2015- December2016.

Chair Crimes against Women Sub-Committee January 2017-December 2018

Membership Officer, Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee January 2019-date.

  • Women in Law and Development in Africa ( WILDAF) Eastern Nigerian Regional Coordinator 2005-2008
  • Chartered Institute of Mediation and Conciliators of Nigeria {ICMC)

Chairlady of Abuja Branch.

  • Alternate Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Nigerian Bar Association Abuja Branch.

Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies; Co-Chairholder, UNESCO Chair on Peace and Citizenship, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Specialization: Conflict Sensitivity Approach to Development/PCIA, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Interventions in conflict context, Peace Education/Culture of Peace, Impact Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender Studies and Advocacy, Research Methodology, Theory Building, Biosecurity and Leadership.

Foundation Member: Conflict Sensitivity Hub

Dr. Demola Akinyoadeis the pioneer Director of Part-Time Studies, Afe Babalola University. He has over 12-year experience teaching Peace Studies at university level.  He was the founding faculty and acting head of Department of Peace and Development Studies, College of Peace and Social Sciences, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State where he was pioneer teacher of Peace Studies (2008) at undergraduate level in Nigeria. He had his first degree in Geography and Planning Science from the University of Ado-Ekiti (2001) and obtained Master (2004) and PhD (2015) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan. He holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Peace Research from the University of Oslo, Norway, and in Applied Dual-use Biosecurity Education from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He had a Certificate in Federalism from University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Dr. Akinyoade has 18-year Experience in Training Facilitation. He regularly facilitates trainings for the National Peace Academy of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), the Institut Francais de Reserche en Afrique IFRA, University of Ife Consultancy Services (Unifecs), Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, (ABUAD), Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP),  National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, and Ministry of Defense. His specializations include Peace and Conflict Sensitivity, Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA), Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Peacebuilding and Development, Alternative Dispute Resolution (especially, Negotiation & Mediation), Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Transforming Communal Conflict, Gender Mainstreaming, Research Methodologies, Networking and Leadership.

Dr. Demola Akinyoade has received many valued scholarships and academic awards from French (2007), Swiss (2007), Norwegian (2008 & 2010), Canadian (2013) and American (2010) governments and other institutions. These include: Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC, 2013) for North-South Participatory Research on Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment; Young African Scholar Field Research Scholarship of, 2007), Swiss Government (Pro-Helvetia) Scholarship (2007), Research Grant (Masters Category) of the Program on Ethnic and Federal Studies (PEFS, 2004), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Business in Africa/Leap Africa award (2007), and CODESRIA Laureate (2008).

PROFILE OF DR. ESTHER AHMED

Dr. Esther Ahmed is a seasoned Administrator and Development cum Humanitarian worker with over two decades of field experience working with Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and in the field of Media/Communications.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from the International University Bamenda, Cameroon and has garnered invaluable experience in the areas of peacebuilding, community development and capacity building.

Dr. Esther is an International Master of Healing and Rebuilding our Community (HROC) Facilitator and has participated in several Training of Trainers (ToT) in Peacebuilding and Psychosocial Support within and outside Nigeria.

She is a certified STAR Practitioner, passionate about trauma healing, psychosocial support and SGBV issues, and is currently the Director General, Sustainable Development Goals, Bauchi State.

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Atinuke Odusanya first obtained a BA (honours) in History in 1984 from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (UNILAG). After her Youth Service, she returned to the same UNILAG to study law in 1985. She was called to the bar in 1990 after obtaining her LLB (Hons.). She also obtained her LLM from University of Lagos in 2006.

She joined the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in 1994 and served in various departments such as the Directorate of Civil Litigation, Directorate of Advisory Services and the Citizens Mediation Centre. She is a CEDR (UK) accredited mediator, fellow of the Chartered Institute of taxation, Fellow of the Society for peace and conflict studies, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, Ambassador for peace of the Citizens’ Mediation Centre and a registered consultant with the United Nations Development Project for training of Civil Defense Officers. She has training in Advanced Mediation Skills from the Harvard Negotiation Institute USA. She is an active legal practitioner and a seasoned mediator who has handled several cases successfully. She serves as a Neutral of the Lagos Multi Door Court House. 

Mrs. Odusanya served as Director of the Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre for five years, after which she served as Director Legal services for the Ministry of Youth & Social Development (MYSD) and Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation (WAPA). She is currently, Director Citizens Rights of the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State and a member of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses.

She is happily married with children

PROFILE OF MRS. CHINYERE ANGELA ONYEMENAM

Chinyere Angela Onyemenam, a legal practitioner, accredited mediator, negotiator, peace maker and arbitrator, graduated in 1987 from the University of Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988.

Chinyere started her career in the banking industry before her foray into legal practice. She later joined National Oil and Chemical Marketing PLC as the Assistant Company Secretary in 1991.

She was elected as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London in 1999 and acquired a Masters in Business Administration in the same year.

Chinyere left National Oil in 1999 after having served in different capacities including the legal and human resources departments of the company to become the Corporate Services Director at Bridgeways DPG Ltd., a company with a wide portfolio in Real Estate Development, Project and Facility Management, and Manufacturing.

Chinyere is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), a Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi Door Courthouse, the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Federal High Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre. Chinyere has mediated a wide range of disputes including banking, oil and gas, real estate, contract, insurance, libel, restorative justice and family law. She has facilitated for the ICMC, the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and the Dispute Resolution Centre of Abuja Chamber of Commerce.

Coupled with her experience in corporate governance and human resource development and management, Chinyere has had a number of successful entrepreneurial ventures, which have given her a rather broad spectrum of experience in diverse fields necessary for effective dispute resolution

PROFILE OF MRS. EILEEN GLORY OGUNYANNWO

Mrs. Eileen Glory Ogunyannwo is an Accredited International Mediator and a
Professional in Managing Workplace Conflicts by Mediation Training Institute,
International (MTII), Kansas, USA.
She has a legal background (LLB), BSc in Entrepreneurship & Business Management
as well as a Diploma in Public Administration.
She is a Board Member and the Clients’ Services Director of Mediation Training
Institute (MTI-Nigeria)
She is a Co-founder of the Family Peace Facilitators Network (FPFN), an organization
with a Mission to build a World-Class Family Peace-building and Financial System that
will support families with the needed resources to bond, be united, happy, grow
stronger and thrive; whilst improving and optimizing their financial status
She settles family disputes as a vocation. Presently, she is writing a book on
“Overcoming the Many Conflicts & Challenges of Marriage”
Above all she is an Ordained Minister of God’s Word the Bible and a student of the
Theocratic Ministry School.
She is married to Amb. (Engr.) ‘Segun Ogunyannwo and blessed with a lovely
Daughter, Atinuke, Adorabelle, Ogunyannwo
Tel: 0803-523-7129, 0902-410-3930 Email: eileenogunnwo@gmail.com

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