Current Technical Committee Members

The Technical Committee’s role is to advise the Tana Secretariat on agenda setting and the organization of the Forum. The Committee aims to advise the Secretariat on procedures and content to strengthen the Forum’s capacity to generate fruitful discussions and give participants a meaningful experience. In addition the team contributes to the preparation and briefing of moderators and speakers and briefs the chief rapporteur.  The current members of the Technical Committee are:

Mr. Ratebaye Alexandre Tordeta

Mr. Ratebaye Alexandre Tordeta

Deputy Chief of Staff, AUC (Representing Central Africa)

Mr. Ratebaye Alexandre Tordeta

Mr. Tordeta is currently the Deputy Director of Cabinet of the Chairperson of the AU Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to this appointment, he was the General Manager of Legal Affairs and Litigation at  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in N’djamena, Chad from 2011 to 2017. Mr. Tordeta has worked as a National  Consultant on peace and security issues in the Sahel. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Head of Division  of International Organizations within the Directorate of Organizations and International Economic Relations  (DOREI) at the Chadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He has been part of numerous conferences on defense  and security, international criminal law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Mr. Tordeta holds a B.A. in Public International Law from the University of N’djamena and various certificates such as a specialization Diploma in Defense, Security and International Crisis Management; DESS in International Relations; Basic Principles, Priorities and Techniques of Working in African Diplomacy with particular attention in the field of crisis prevention and security cooperation in Africa.

Among his publications:

  • “The content of the peace agreements, their applicability and the resurgence of the conflict cycle in the Central African sub-region (the Chad-Sudan-CAR triangle)”; Communication to the 12th General Assembly of CODESRIA, Yaoundé, December 2008;
  • “The analysis of peace agreements: their applicability (case of Chad)”; Conflict Trends Magazine, ACCORD, Durban, 2007;
  • “The institutional challenge of Chad in governance”; CHALLENGES n ° 32, FPAE of geopolitics, July
    2007;
  • “Servicing natural resources for development: the case of Chadian oil (Law 001/PR/99 dealing with the management of oil revenues)”; paper presented at the 11th General Assembly of CODESRIA held in Maputo (Mozambique), 2005;
  • Study on monitoring governance in Chad, CODESRIA, 2006.
Dr. Linda Darkwa

Dr. Linda Darkwa

Programme Coordinator, Secretariat of the Training for Peace (TfP) (Representing West Africa)

Dr. Linda Darkwa

Linda Darkwa is the coordinator of the Training for Peace Programme, a Norwegian funded capacity support programme to the African Union Commission, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy. Her research interests are in the areas of peace and security with particular focus on the implications of global security paradigms on continental, regional and national processes of governance, human rights, development, and security.

Ms. Faith Mabera

Ms. Faith Mabera

Senior Researcher, Institute for Global Dialogue, affiliated with UNISA (Representing East Africa)

Ms. Faith Mabera

Ms. Faith Mabera is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue, affiliated with UNISA, where she oversees the Foreign Policy Analysis programme. She holds a BPolSci in International Studies and MA in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), African diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, African peace and security issues, norms dynamics in international relations, and global governance. She is also a regular commentator on South African media covering foreign policy issues, geopolitical trends, and international politics pertinent to South Africa and Africa. She is also the co-editor of the book Africa-China Cooperation Towards an African Policy on China? (Palgrave, 2020).

Ms. Shuvai Busuman Nyoni

Ms. Shuvai Busuman Nyoni

Executive Director of African Leadership Centre (ALC) (Representing Southern Africa)

Ms. Shuvai Busuman Nyoni

Shuvai Busuman Nyoni is a Gender, Peace and Security practitioner and researcher. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked extensively with a range of regional and national policy makers, civil society actors and academics in post-conflict and transitional countries on the African continent. Prior to joining the ALC, Shuvai worked as the Director of Interventions for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg South Africa. She is an alumna of the ALC’s Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Women and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Security Studies at the University of Pretoria.

H.E. Ms. Yvett Ngandu Kapinga

H.E. Ms. Yvett Ngandu Kapinga

Commissioner in Charge of Gender Promotion Human and Social Development at the Economic Commission of Central African States (ECCAS) (Representing Central Africa)

H.E. Ms. Yvett Ngandu Kapinga

Yvette Ngandu is currently the Coordinator of the UN- AU-RECs cooperation project in mediation, and of the Secretariat of the Panel of the Wise, with the African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Directorate. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration and International Relations from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. She has previously been a Senior Programme Officer with the New York-based International Peace Institute (IPI).

Prof. David Monyae

Prof. David Monyae

Co-Director, University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute; Director for the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) and Member of the University of Johannesburg Senate (Representing Southern Africa)

Prof. David Monyae

Prof David Monyae is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg, and Director of the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He is an international relations and foreign policy expert, with a PhD in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. Prof Monyae previously served as Section Manager: International Relations Policy Analysis in the National Assembly providing strategic management, parliamentary foreign policy formulation, and monitoring & analysis services. He also worked as a policy analyst at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and taught International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published widely and is a respected political analyst featured in national and international media.

Dr. Philip Attuquayefio

Dr. Philip Attuquayefio

Senior Research Fellow (Security and the African State), Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana; Consultant, Conflict Management Directorate, Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department, AUC (Representing West Africa)

Dr. Philip Attuquayefio

Philip Attuquayefio is a Senior Research Fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr Attuquayefio has extensive experience in the design and implementation of strategies and support for political processes. From August 2018 to December 2022, he coordinated the African Union Commission’s support for the Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization Strategy. Prior to that, in 2017, he coordinated the AU long-term election observers as part of the AU Elections Observation Mission to Kenya 2017. Philip has extensive experience in teaching training and capacity building, particularly in designing and facilitating modules on human Security Management in Africa, Countering Violent Extremism and Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus. Dr. Attuquayefio has published extensively in local and international outlets and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and a Doctorate in Political Science specialising in. institutions and human security.

Ms. Ruth Aluoch

Ms. Ruth Aluoch

Political/Gender Affairs Officer Department of Peacekeeping Operations UNHQ (Representing East Africa)

Ms. Ruth Aluoch

Ruth Bolline Aluoch has worked with the UN since 2019. She is a Political/ Gender Affairs officer in the Department of Peace Operations, Office of the Under Secretary General. Responsible for gender analysis and integration, Accountability and reporting frameworks, and mission backstopping for DRC (MONUSCO) and South Sudan (UNMISS) Abyei (UNISFA) alongside OROLSI files. Prior to that Ruth was with the Mediation Support Unit (DPPA)- covered Somalia, Mozambique, and also worked as Directing Staff – Research Training & Education for UN & AU missions at the International Peace Support Training Centre with extensive career working with governments in Africa region- legislations policies and treaties and mentoring uniformed personnel in fragile states.

Ruth holds a Master’s in International Peace and Security Kings College London, Bachelor of Law Moi University Eldoret, Diploma in Development Diplomacy in Peace and Security Policies, Integrated Crisis Management, Leadership and Society her areas of expertise include Mediation, Security, Democratic Governance, Elections, Rule of Law & Human Right and Gender -grounded in policy, research and education for strategy and operations.

Fellow of the African Leadership Centre-Kings College London, Salzburg Fellow on Holocaust and Genocide Prevention, Member of AU Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FEMWISE)

Publications:

  • Youth participation in Peace process- a case study of South Sudan (under review)
  • Dilemma of to Protect and Genocide Prevention in the Great Lakes Region –Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies Vol 4 Issue 1 of April 2018.
  • The Challenge of R2P in the Great Lakes Region  annoted version published by “The Diplomat” –The diplomatic & Consular  Quarterly -Uganda Foreign Affairs Magazine @P2017 Special edition. http://www.mofa.go.ug/files/downloads/Diplomatic%20Magazine.pdf
  • Aluoch R. B. A.( 2015) Securitisation: Status of migrants and cross order passage Case of South Africa-Published by Journal of Multi-Cultural Studies Johannesburg
  • Aluoch R. B. A.( 2014) The Paradox of Sanctions Regime in Sudan Insight on Africa 7(1) 1–13© 2014 African Studies Association of India SAGE Publications Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC http://ioa.sagepub.com
  • Karbo, T., & Aluoch, R. B. A. (2012). Stalled democracy in Africa: the pitfalls for AU Governance Agenda. African Renaissance: Democratic peace versus democratic conflict in Africa9(3 & 4), 63-79.http://www.sabinet.co.za/abstracts/aa_afren/aa_afren_v9_n3_4_a5.html
  • Paper on ‘CSOs and government collaboration in Peace building and Conflict Management .Case-study Kenya,’ for the IGAD Conference on Year of Peace and Security; 2010
Ms. Aya Chebbi

Ms. Aya Chebbi

Pan-African Feminist and Diplomat; Founder and President of Nalafem Collective (Representing North Africa)

Ms. Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi, is a Pan-African feminist and diplomat whose mission is the liberation of African women and girls. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She impacted over one million young people while serving as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018 – 2021).  She is currently the Founder and President of Nalafem Collective, one of Africa’s largest multigenerational platforms of women politicians and activists united towards transformative feminist change. She holds Bachelors in International Relations from University of Tunis El Manar and Masters in African Politics from SOAS, University of London. She also served on the World Refugee Council, WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, Progressive International Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, among others which produced trailblazing reports in the humanitarian, gender and development fields. She received the Gates Campaign Award and was named in Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.

Ms. Isabela Moses Warioba

Ms. Isabela Moses Warioba

Partnerships and Child Protection Adviser, Office of the Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security, AUC (Representing East Africa)

Ms. Isabela Moses Warioba
Ms. Lettie Longwe

Ms. Lettie Longwe

Interim Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme, Institute for Peace and Security Studies and Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat (Representing Southern Africa)