In August 2018, the Tana Forum’s Technical Committee (TC), which advises the Tana Secretariat on the organization of the Forum, inducted four new members for a three-year term each (August 2018-July 2021). They include:
- Mr. Alex Ratebaye Tordeta, Deputy Chief of Staff, African Union Commission (Deputy Chair of the TC).
- Ms. Haja Saramba Kandeh, Legal and Gender Associate, AIDS-Free World.
- Dr. iur Mehari Taddele Maru, International Consultant on African Union affairs, and a Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College.
- Ms. Semiha Adbdulmelik, Senior Political Affairs Officer, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission.
In the December 2018 edition of the New African magazine, Michelle Ndiaye was recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018 in the category of Politics and Public Service. Ms. Ndiaye is the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (a joint GIZ/IPSS programme with the African Union Commission) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat.
The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions. The Forum strives to provide a platform for young Africans to engage with African heads of state and governments, practitioners and experts in peace and security in Africa. Youth inclusion is an essential, yet often lacking, component of decision-making in Africa and the Forum offers several opportunities for youth participation before, during and after the Forum including youth debates, multi-stakeholder dialogues, civil society and media involvement, and different competitions.
One of the key activities of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is the Annual Book Launch, where published authors - both African and non-African - have the opportunity to present their books on peace, security, governance or development.
The eighth edition of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa will take place on 4-5 May 2019 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The theme of the Forum will be "Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends".
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