Isaac Olawale Albert (2010-2013)

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Isaac AlbertProf Albert, specialist in African History/Peace and Conflict Studies, bagged his BA (Hons) degree in History at the University of Ibadan in 1985. He obtained his MA (1991) and PhD (1994) in African History at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. His MA thesis was awarded in 1992 a thesis-writing prize of the Council for the Development of Social Science Reseach in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal. The same award was won by his PhD thesis in 1994. He joined the staff of the Institute of African Studies in 1993 as a Junior Research Fellow.

After organizing a conference on the problem of "Urban Management and Urban Violence in Africa" in 1994, he was supported by the British Council in 1996 to initiate a link between the University of Ibadan and the University of Ulster, an initiative that led to the commencement of the MA and PhD programmes in Peace and Conflicts Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, in 2000. In 1999, at the behest of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman, Jordan), he pursued a certificate course in peacekeeping and conflic resolution, and he subsequently trained in peace processes in the US, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, South Africa and many other places in Africa.

In 2006, the UNDP (Accra, Ghana) engaged him to help establish the MA programme in Peace and Development Studies at the University of the Gold Coast, Ghana. In the 2008/2009 academic session, he became the first Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies at the University of Ilorin. He is a co-founder and remains a Reseach Associate of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity, Oxford University, UK. He convened the 2008 Extended Workshop on Social History sponsored by SEPHIS (Netherlands) and CODESRIA (Dakar) on the theme of 'Historicizing Migration'. In 2007, he served as the Country Director of the Nigerian office of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). A fellow of several learned societies, including the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (Finland), the Ethnic Studies Network (Ireland), etc., he is extensively published both at home and abroad.