Director of the Division Governance and Conflict, GIZ
Kathrin Lorenz is Director of the Division Governance & Conflict at the GIZ (@giz_gmbh) in Eschborn. She has extensive experience international development cooperation including short- and long-term assignments to Asia, Latin America and the MENA region. Prior joining the Governance and Conflict Division, Kathrin worked in Palestine with leadership positions for the GIZ Country Office and the Governance Portfolio of GIZ. Her fields of expertise are peacebuilding, fragility and governance. During her career, Ms. Lorenz also worked for the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin and as a free-lance consultant with a focus on advisory support to programmes in conflict and crisis. Ms. Lorenz holds a PhD from the University of Potsdam in International Relations.
Ambassador, Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission
Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga (@NgogaFred) is the Ag. Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division at the African Union Commission. The Division includes the Continental Early Warning System, the Panel of the Wise and the AU Border Program. Prior he served as a senior officer with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) where he assisted operational teams from the Military, Civilian and Police components to provide support on Counter Terrorism and in the planning of military operations in line with AMISOM’s mandate. He was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Burundi in 2014.
Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP Africa Borderlands Programme, UNDP
Zeynu Ummer (@ZeynuUmmer) is the team lead and Senior Chief Technical Adviser for the newly established UNDP Africa Borderlands Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Ummer worked for the Ethiopian Government as a State Minister for Peace, Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Police, Head of the Ethiopian Refugee Agency and as a diplomat. At UNDP, Mr. Ummer is leading on developing UNDP Africa's borderlands offer and establishing and leading the new Borderlands Unit. Mr. Ummer brings to the assignment a broad experience in peacebuilding and work on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, having worked across East Africa and the Horn of Africa Region.
Senior Director of Programs, Center for Civilians in Conflict
Shannon Green (@Shannison) is the Senior Director of Programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict. She brings deep experience in international development, human rights, and violence prevention from the government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Shannon previously served as the Director and Senior Fellow of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Senior Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council. Prior to these roles, she led strategic planning, program design, and policy engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Shannon received her M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University.
Head of Project, Support to the ECCAS Border Program, GIZ
Valentin Schuetz has been working on conflict prevention, peace-building and governance in Africa for the past 10 years. He currently heads GIZ’s support for the ECCAS Border Program in the Central African region and works as advisor on border governance for the African Union Border Program. He previously led GIZ’s Police Capacity Building Program in South Sudan contributing to post-conflict reconstruction. Mr. Schuetz holds an MA degree in Politics, Psychology and Oriental Studies and is currently completing an executive MA in African Peace and Security Studies at the IPSS in in Addis Ababa.
Muhammad B. Ahmad
Former Director General, National Border Commission of Nigeria
Muhammad B. Ahmad is a freelancing consultant. He served as the Permanent Secretary of the National Border Commission of Nigeria (retired) for many years. Dr. Ahmad was instrumental in founding and leading one of the first African national border commissions with a comprehensive mandate as well as in the creation of the African Union Border Programme Unit of the AUC. He has continuously lobbied for a cooperative and Africa-wide approach to border governance that links border security with development and cross-border cooperation and has overseen and guided the subsequent transition for Nigeria and Africa as a whole.