Director's Profile

Name: Prof. Tajudeen Ademola AKANJI (Director)

Email: [email protected]  
Phone: +2348033861170,

 Professor Tajudeen Akanji is the current Director of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan. Prof. Akanji has also worked in partnership with the National Assembly particularly committees on security in the facilitation of joint capacity building and community dialogue programs for all arms of the security agencies and community members in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria

Professor Akanji is the Lead researcher in the IPSS Program of Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanisms, this enabled him to interface with local communities on disaster prevention advocacy. He is a member of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Nigeria and he is currently engaged on the review of Disaster Risk Reduction Document in Nigeria. Professor Akanji facilitates courses in Industrial Education, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, and Disaster Risk Management, in the professional master’s program in Humanitarian and Refugee studies.He is a professional trainer, and a chartered Mediator and Conciliator, having been admitted as a member of the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development, (NITAD), and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators in Nigeria. He served as consultant/trainer to governments, and many local and international organisations. He was the consultant to Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung for designing and implementing policies for inter-agency cooperation among the Security agencies and also dialogue programs with the communities. He has been involved in program designs, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building in some focal areas including, community empowerment, Community mobilization, environments, Security, conflict prevention and good governance in Nigeria since 2007 till date. Healsowon the consultancy with the United Nations Office For Project Services (UNOPS), during which he developed the Curriculum and manual for training of Trainers on the Niger Delta Job Creation and Conflict Prevention Initiative. He is the Principal Investigator/Lead Researcher in the following ongoing studies: Border Security Issues and Farmer-Herder Conflict in the Western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin funded by Search for Common Ground Organization Washington DC andDeveloping Standards for Monitoring, Assessment, and Evaluation of Peace and Conflict Management Projects in Nigeria funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Nigeria. He recently received a starter grant of BPS 25,000.00 from UK Global Challenges Research fund to work on a project on the impact of Boko Haram insurgency on Education in the countries of the Lake Chad region.  Professor Akanji also served in the Presidential committee that designed and implemented the framework for profiling and disposal of special detainees in Nigerian prisons and other detention facilities connected with the Boho Haram insurgency.He speaks fluent Englishand Yoruba and can converse sparinly in Hausa and Arabic.