Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London, as well as the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. She is Professor of Security, Leadership and Development in the School of Global Affairs, King’s College London and a Research Associate with the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice.
Professor Olonisakin managed both sites of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) based in Nairobi, Kenya and at King’s College London sites from 2010 to 2014. Trained in Political Science (Bsc. Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), her academic research and writing has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union.
Honors & awards
At the University of Pretoria, South Africa she was appointed in 2013 as a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar on Peace and Conflict. The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) also appointed Dr Olonisakin as a Distinguished Fellow in April 2014.