The Coalition for a Conflict-Free St Andrews is delighted to welcome:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gérard Prunier, Atlantic Council
One of the foremost Africanists in the world today, Prunier is the author of more than two hundred scholarly articles and a dozen books in four languages, including in English The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Columbia University Press, 1995), Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2005)—which was hailed by Foreign Affairs as “the best available account of the Darfur crisis”—and Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of Continental Catastrophe (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was awarded a special honorable mention in the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2010 Arthur Ross Book Award competition for the best book published in international relations, the first Africa-focused book ever so honored.
Prunier served as a senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France’s largest government research organization, and a professor at the University of Paris. From 2001-2006, he was seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as the director of the Centre Français des Études Éthiopiennes in Addis Ababa. Throughout his career, Prunier has not only served as an advisor to the French government, but also consulted for the US State and Defense Departments, various European and African governments, as well as private companies. Prunier serves on the academic council of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Koen Vlassenroot, Universiteit Ghent
Koen Vlassenroot is Professor of Political Sciences and Director of the Conflict Research Group at the University of Ghent. He is also the Director of the Observatoire de l’Afrique and a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute. He specializes in conflict dynamics in Central Africa, with a particular interest in eastern DRC. He has written numerous book chapters and articles on militias, land access, rebel governance and state-building. His current research projects focus on artisanal mining and land conflicts in eastern DRC and on public authority in DRC and CAR.
Opening Address: Prof. Peter Donnelly, University of St Andrews
Since 2008 Professor Peter Donnelly took up his post as the first public health professor in the University of St Andrews. Peter Donnelly works closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and colleagues in Lithuania, Jamaica and South Africa regarding the subject of violence reduction. Peter Donnelly’s second area of interest is in Health Systems; their organisation, funding, governance and accountability and how they can be optimised to maximise patient benefit and to reduce health inequalities. In this area, Donnelly has worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), WHO, the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York, as well as policy makers and politicians from around the world.
Prof. Ian Taylor – Professor, University of St Andrews
Ian Taylor is a Professor in International Relations and African Politics at the University of St Andrews He holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an Honorary Professor at the Institute of African Studies, China, and a Visiting Scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. He was recently described as “one of the most authoratative academics on SSA IR” (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 25, no 1, 2012, p. 171).
Ms. Marie-Therese Nlandu – Attorney and Activist
Marie-Therese Nlandu is an attorney and human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, having previously worked in the Congolese Supreme Court. While she resided in London with her family as a result of the political turmoil, she returned to her home country in 2006 to stand as the first female presidential candidate in the DRC’s first free elections. Following Joseph Kabila’s win, she was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for allegedly conspiring against the government. Amnesty International branded Marie-Therese Nlandu a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ while 89 Members of British Parliament petitioned her release. She now lives in the UK and continues to be fully engaged in Congolese affairs.
Ms. Shana Mongwanga – Director/Activist, AFRICALIVES!
Shana Mongwanga was born in Bukavu, East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently based in London. She has a Masters in Political Science/ International Relations and a Bachelor in Law from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). She worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service- UK Office in advocating and lobbying and on behalf of Refugees and Asylum seekers on a National and European level. A particular emphasis of her work included the accompanying, serving and lobbying for asylum seekers in detention centres across Europe. In response to a growing frustration and the lack of tackling the root causes of refugee issues, she founded ‘AFRICA LIVES! PRODUCTIONS’ to challenge stereotypes about developing countries particularly those in Africa, which is often portrayed as a resource-poor, dying continent, and the perpetual victimisation of African women.
Ms. Emily Paddon – Rose Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Emily Paddon is the Rose Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Lady Margaret Hall, and a former Trudeau Scholar and lecturer at Wadham College, University of Oxford. She is co-founder of the Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF) and Deputy Director of the Rift Valley Institute Great Lakes Course. Emily’s academic research focuses on the politics and practices of United Nations peacekeeping, humanitarianism and civilian protection in sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked on a range of policy issues including post-conflict stabilisation, civil-military relations, rights-based humanitarianism and civilian protection. She has carried out research projects in sub-Saharan Africa for NGOs and various donors.
Mr. Norbert Mbu-Mputu – Freelance Journalist
Norbert Mbu-Mputu is a writer, journalist and former United Nations worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has worked as a correspondent for Congovision/USA (www.congovision.com), Radio Elikya, the catholic Radio of Kinshasa and Radio Mangembo FM/Paris (www.mangembo-fm.com). Mbu-Mputu regularly writes for Congolese Catholic magazines and has been frequently invited on the BBC and RFI to give commentaries and analysis on the DRC.
Mr. Bandi Mbubi – Founder/Director, Congo Calling
TEDx Speaker and Founder of ‘Congo Calling’ Bandi Mbubi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, experiencing first-hand political unrest and oppression of the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko. As a student activist, Bandi suffered persecution and was forced to flee the country, seeking political asylum in the U.K. Today, he is active in engaging communities around the United Kingdom and Europe on various issues affecting the DRC. Bandi is also currently the director of the Manna Society in London and a trustee of Church Action on Poverty.
Mario I. Aguilar is Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion & Politics at the University of St Andrews and has also held the position of Dean of Divinity . Mario I. Aguilar has written extensively on a variety of topics, including Churches, theology, religion, ritual, and politics of Latin America and Africa, and the relation between anthropology and biblical studies. In addition to serving in a number of positions, Aguilar is Representative of the Royal Africa Society Scotland to the University of St Andrews and a Member of the International African Institute
Dr. Kevin C. Dunn – Author and Associate Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Kevin C. Dunn is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, USA. His monograph, Imagining the Congo, was published by Palgrave in 2003. He has also co-edited three books: Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory (with Timothy M. Shaw; 2001), Identity and Global Politics (with Patricia Goff; 2004) and African Guerillas: Raging Against the Machine (with Morten Bøås; 2007); and has published in numerous academic journals.
Ms. Fiona Lloyd-Davies – Filmmaker, Studio 9 Films
Award winning filmmaker & photojournalist, Fiona Lloyd-Davies is one of the UK’s most experienced foreign documentary and current affairs journalists. She’s been making films and taking pictures about human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992, working in Bosnia, Iraq, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many other locations. Her film about Honour Killing in Pakistan License to Kill for BBC2 brought a change in the law in Pakistan and was awarded a Royal Television Society award for Best International Journalism. Her work combines journalism with a strong visual style that she learnt as a graduate of the Royal College of Art. She is also a widely published and exhibited photojournalist in UK broadsheets and magazines such as the Guardian, The Observer magazine and the Glasgow Herald.
Ms. Sophia Pickles – Global Witness
Sophia Pickles leads Global Witness’ work on ‘conflict minerals’, focusing on eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the wider Great Lakes region of central Africa. Over the pastfour years Global Witness have carried out investigations into armed group control over eastern DRC’s minerals trade and have worked with NGOs, governments and industry in the region and globally to develop supply chain due diligence standards for companies buying these minerals. Sophia has worked in and on DR Congo since 2005. Prior to her current role, she worked for a humanitarian organisation based in Manono, in Congo’s Katanga province, for two years, during which time she developed a detailed understanding of local and regional politics. More recently, Sophia coordinated an All Party Parliamentary Group focused on the Great Lakes region in the UK parliament for two and a half years. The conflict minerals trade was a key focus of her role throughout.
Jana Hönke is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. She is also an associate researcher with the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at Freie Universität Berlin. Together with Tanja Börzel she coordinates the D2 project Business and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests include the nature of non-state actors, especially transnational companies and the role played by extractive industries and resource governance in a post-colonial context.
Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford – Director, Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking
Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford has spent the last 2 decades working in a variety of reconciliation and integration environments with a particular focus on the way in which gender increases vulnerability for women in a range of different situations, especially in situations of migration, conflict and economic crisis. As the Director of the Women’s Development Centre in D.R. Congo, Carrie has had direct relationship with areas of extreme conflict, infrastructural deficit, and the extraordinary resilience of local communities of women and men to overcome the wider environments of political and economic dysfunction. Carrie has served on a number of Government review bodies, including the Women’s National Commission, and has been the UK Chair for the UKs representation of the voluntary sector at the Conference for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in New York.
Dr. Jaremey McMullin – Lecturer, University of St Andrews
Jaremey McMullin is interested in the nature of internal conflict and the process of post-conflict transition, particularly as they relate to states in sub-Saharan Africa. Additional research interests include: the role of the United Nations in post-conflict peacekeeping and peace-building; the tension between norms of intervention and sovereignty during conflict and post-conflict transition; the regional security implications of conflict and post-conflict transition in areas such as West Africa and the Greater Great Lakes region of central Africa; and the impact of transitional justice on post-conflict security. He has published articles and book chapters on ex-combatant reintegration in Namibia and Mozambique as well as on the role of non-state criminal groups during conflict.
Prof. Alison Watson – Professor, University of St Andrews
Ali Watson writes often about the place of children in the international system. In addition to publishing a number of chapters and articles, her latest book, Children in the International Political Economy: A Place at the Table, was published in 2009 and she is currently completing a companion volume on children and their place in conflict and post-conflict societies (Children and Conflict) for Polity. She is also currently researching the sites and practices of everyday forms of resistance.
Dr. Hazel Cameron – Lecturer, University of St Andrews
Hazel Cameron is a lecturer within the School of International Relations and current Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Hazel Cameron is affiliated to the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), a community of scholars working to advance current understandings of state crime. The International State Crime Initiative is based at King’s College London and partnered with University of Hull, University of Ulster and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.