Director CDD A lawyer and development expert
Idayat Hassan is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja-based Think-Tank with focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Ms. Hassan was formerly the Principal Programme Officer and Team Leader for Democratic Governance unit at the organization. Prior to joining the CDD, Ms. Hassan was a Deputy Regional Coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption, a movement that seeks to eradicate corruption and poverty in Nigeria. A lawyer by profession, and a Development Expert, she has held Fellowships in several universities across Europe and America. Her core interest in Development work spans Democracy, Accountability, Peace and Security, and and transitional justice in west Africa.
Chair CDD Development Expert
Kole A. Shettima Chairman of CDD International Governing Council and Director of the Mac Arthur Foundation's Africa Office in Abuja, Nigeria. He is also responsible for grant making in the areas of Population & Reproductive Health, Human Rights and International Justice, Girls Secondary Education, Higher Education and & Accountability. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1999, Shettima taught at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, the University of Toronto, and at Ohio University, USA. He was among other State Coordinator of Women In Nigeria; Coordinator of the Working Group on Nigeria, Toronto; and Co-chair of the Economic Justice Working Group of the Inter-Church Coalition on Africa, Toronto. Also, Shettima is on the board of several organizations including the Center for Democracy and Development. He has published in several academic journals including Africa Development, Review of African Political Economy, African Studies Review and Journal of Asian and African Studies. Shettima has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, a Masters Degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Maiduguri.
Jeannette Akua Eno Management and social development expert
Dr. Otive Igbuzor Policy Analyst
Jeannette Akua Eno is a member of the CDD International Governing Council. She is an international management and social development expert specialising in Governance programming, Gender Equality & Women’s Rights, Civil Society Capability & Leadership, Peace-building & Conflict Transformation. Most recently in 2016-17, she served as the Governance Sector Co-ordinator in the President’s Recovery Priorities programme in Sierra Leone’s Office of the President. Over the years, she gained extensive experience working as an independent consultant to multilateral, bilateral development partners, national and international civil society organisations in East, Southern and West Africa. In 1997-2003, as President of the Board of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), a leading pan-African International Women’s NGO based in Uganda, she contributed to the establishment of the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) that successfully pioneered and equipped African women for strategic leadership positions in their countries. In UK and the West African sub-region, she managed complex donor programmes – ENCISS Sierra Leone Programme Director, 2005-2008, following her leadership of Conciliation Resources’ (CR) peace building programme 1999-2004, spanning the Mano River countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Her engagement in conflict settings was further deepened when she served as the Head of Field Office for medica mondiale in Liberia supporting survivors of sexual violence. Among other voluntary initiatives, she remains strongly committed to supporting female survivors of violence in her capacity as a Board member of Masimanyane’s Women’s Rights International.
Dr. Otive Igbuzor is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD). He was one time International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. ActionAid International is an international organization working with people, communities, associates and partners in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to eradicate poverty and injustice. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC) from 2008-2013 representing civil society. Prior to joining ActionAid, he was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution dedicated to policy oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region. He also served as the Secretary of Citizens’ Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR), a coalition of over one hundred civil society organizations committed to a process led and participatory approach to constitutional reform in Nigeria. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre and has published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, two masters’ degrees in Public Administration and International Relations and a doctorate degree in Public Administration specializing in Policy Analysis. He was a founding and leading member of many human rights and mass democratic organizations in Nigeria in the 1980s and ’90s. He is a member of many professional associations including Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN) and Nigerian Institute of Management. He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN). He is a past President of Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN) and President of The Ejiro & Otive Igbuzor Foundation. In recognition of his leadership roles, he was appointed by the immediate past Secretary General of United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon in October, 2012 into the Global Network of Men Leaders to end Violence Against Women
Prof. Boubacar N’diaye Political Scientist
Boubacar N’DIAYE a member of the CDD governing council. He is a Professor of Political Science and Pan-African Studies at The College of Wooster, OH, USA. He is a widely published scholar specializing in civil-military relations, Security Sector Reform and Governance, and democratization. He is the author of numerous journal articles and academic papers on these subjects. He is also the author, co-author, co-editor of or contributor to several books, including The Challenge of Institutionalizing Civilian Control (2001), Not Yet Democracy: West Africa's Slow Farewell to Authoritarianism (2005), Challenges of Security Sector Governance in West Africa (2008); Elections in West Africa: 1990-2009 (2011); ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Conflict and Peace-building (2011); West Africa and the US War on Terror (2013); The Legacy of Mauritania’s Colonels: West Africa’s Next Crisis? (2015); Mauritania’s Colonels: Leadership, Civil-Military Relations, and Democratization (2017). He has been a consultant to African, US and international agencies and organizations such as ECOWAS, AU, SIPRI, ACSS, UN, World Bank and the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. Dr. N’Diaye is involved in the training of Civil Society Organization leaders, policymakers, including parliamentarians and members of armed forces in the governance of security in West Africa. He is the Chairperson of the African Security Sector Network and a member of International Advisory Boards. He also contributes to various academic and advocacy initiatives designed to reform security establishments and institutionalize democratic governance in the security sector of African states.
Dzodzi Tsikata Research Professor
Dzodzi Tsikata is a member of the CDD governing council. She is a Research Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana where she has worked since 1991. She holds Ph.D in Social Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her research is in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; the politics and livelihood effects of land tenure reforms; agricultural commercialisation, agrarian change and food security; and informal labour relations and the conditions of work. She has coordinated various research projects and has many publications on these subjects. Her most recent publications include a co-guest edited (with Cheryl Doss and Gale Summerfield) special issue of Feminist Economics on Land, Gender and Food Security (2014) and an edited book (with Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones), “Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change”, published by James Currey (2015). Dzodzi teaches the advanced gender and women’s studies course in the Ph.D Development Studies Programme at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) where she was based before her appointment as Director of IAS. She is on the editorial advisory board of Journal of Peasant Studies and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and is a member of the editorial collective of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. She is a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP). She is on the Board of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), the Steering Committee of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) and the Executive Committee of Third World Network Africa (TWN-Africa). Dzodzi is the President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).


Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa Conflict Transformation Specialist
Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa, Senior Fellow, Centre for Democracy and Development is a Political Scientist, Conflict Transformation Specialist, Chartered Mediator/Conciliator, academic and accomplished blogger. She is the Chairperson, Board of Directors, National Peace Summit Group (NPSG). She obtained her B.Sc (Hons) Political Science (Second Class Upper Division) in 1980 from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). M.Sc Political Science was obtained from the University of Lagos in 1982. In 2012, after retirement from Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution, the Presidency she obtained her Ph.D online in Peace & Conflict Studies from Pepperdine University, Malibu. She is a certified Mediator/Conciliator. She was the first National Assembly Correspondent of the Guardian Newspaper in 1983. In 1984, she joined the staff of the Department of Political Science, Lagos State University (LASU), where she lectured for about two decades. At various stages of her career in LASU, she was Senior Lecturer, Head of Department of Political Science and first Director, Centre for Refugee & Conflict Studies. From LASU, she was invited to serve as the first Director of the Department of External Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), The Presidency,Abuja. Dr. Oluyemi-Kusa is married to John Olufemi Kusa, former Editor-in-Chief of both the Guardian and Comet newspapers. They have three adult sons.
Matthew T. Page Defence and Security Programmer
Matthew T. Page is a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja and author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press). He also is an advisor with Transparency International's London-based Defence and Security Programme. Now a consultant, Matthew was until recently the U.S. intelligence community’s top expert on Nigeria. Previously with the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, he also served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa with the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Matthew also served as senior analyst for West Africa at the Defense Intelligence Agency, as an Africa analyst with the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign
Chijioke Kelechi Iwuamadi Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist
Chijioke Kelechi IWUAMADI is a Research Fellow at the CDD. He is a Development and Civil Society Expert, a Researcher, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Innovations in Development (IID) Enugu, and a Fellow of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Abuja. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences, social and scientific research projects, special missions and trainings. He holds both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Political Science, as well as a Diploma in Social Works and Community Development, all from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Methodological Institute of Qualitative Social Research in Africa. His research interests are in Democracy, Governance, Security, and Social Development. Contact: and
Prof Jibrin Ibrahim Political Scientist
Prof Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Development, CDD. He was the Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development and an outstanding scholar-activist with an international reputation. Prof. Ibrahim received degrees in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and a doctorate in Politics from the University of Bordeaux in France. Research Professor at the Institute of Federalism in Fribourg, Switzerland among several other academic accomplishments, Prof. Ibrahim has lectured, published and consulted extensively on democratisation and governance in Africa. A well-regarded leader in civil society, Prof. Ibrahim is the Chair of the West Africa Civil Society Forum. He was also a member of the Electoral Reform Committee established by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and has observed elections in Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Togo, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Guinea for the Centre for Democracy and Development, Economic Community of West African States, the Carter Centre and the Commonwealth. Prof. Ibrahim has been the founding Director of Global Rights in Nigeria – the international human rights NGO in Nigeria and served in the leadership of several national and international advocacy and research networks of constitutional reform, electoral reform and civil society strengthening. He has published many books, monographs and articles in refereed journals and has consulted extensively for the UNDP, DFID, and FOSTER, amongst many other agencies. He runs a weekly column “Deepening Democracy” in the Daily Trust, a Nigerian daily newspaper, and has sat on many editorial boards of learned journals.
Chris M. A. Kwaja, Ph.D Lecturer and Researcher
Chris M. A. Kwaja, Ph.D., is a fellow at the CDD. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies, Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. He is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria. He is also an International Fellow of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2), at the Watson Institute of International Affairs, Brown University, United States. He holds a Doctorate Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. In 2008, He was an exchange fellow of Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, United States. He is also a recipient of several research awards such as the CODESRIA Governance Institute on Private Military and Security Companies, 2009; United Nations Mandated University for Peace Doctoral Research Award, 2009; as well as the Peace Fellow Award of the West Africa Research Centre, 2010. He is an alumni of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, 2010. From June 2011 to May 2015, He served as Director General, Research and Planning, Governor’s Office, as well as Honourable Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftancy Affairs, Plateau State, Nigeria. In June and July 2016, He was a fellow of the Brown University International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI), Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies (Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability in the Age of Complex Emergency), Providence, Rhode Island, United States, as well as the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) Peacebuilding Fellowship, Post-Conflict Transitions and international Justice, The Netherlands (Clingendael) Institute of International Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands, respectively.
M. Sani Umar Prof. M. Sani Umar
Prof. Umar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Development, CDD. M. Sani Umar (Ph.D., History and Literature of Religion, Northwestern University, 1997) is a Professor at the Department of History of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Nigeria). His research interests include countering violent extremism, Islamic moments in Nigeria, Islam and Modernity, Islamic Law, Contemporary Islamic Thought and Liberalism, and Religion and Politics. His research on religious violence and peace-building has focused on understanding the religious dimensions of conflicts and the dynamics of religious pluralism and peaceful co-existence. Before joining Ahmadu Bello University in 2012, Umar was an Associate Professor at Northwestern University (Evanston U.S.A.) from 2007 to 2012. Earlier Umar taught at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin from 1995 to 1996, and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, from 1996 to 2006. Professor Umar has served as a consultanton dveloping policy framework and action plan for countering violent extremism in Nigeria, and also on UNDP projects on countering violent extremism in Nigeria. He has received many honors and awards, including Carnegie Scholars Fellowship (2008-2009), Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2006-2007, and Global Fellow at the International Institute, University of California, Los Angeles in 2003-2004, where he conducted research on liberal tendencies in contemporary Islamic discourses. He is also currently working on Pragmatism and Pluralism in Traditional Islamic Thought, and on Islam, democratization and politics in Nigeria and West Africa. In August 2007, Dr. Umar was appointed the Director of the Institute for Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) at the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University. He is the author of Islam and Colonialism: The Intellectual Responses of Muslims of Northern Nigeria, (Brill, 2005), and numerous essays in edited volumes and the leading journals of Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, and African Studies.