Managing Partners  |  Advisors  | Associates

Our associate consultants are drawn from across Africa.  They have extensive experience and expertise in our service areas.  We are always on the look out for talent, so if you are a consultant with over 10 years of experience in the region and expertise that you think would suit us, then do get in touch.

Lucy Daxbacher (Senior Associate/Uganda)


Lucy has worked for over 15 years in fragile, conflict and post conflict societies in the Horn, East, South and West Africa. She implemented peace, security, governance and development Programmes in South Sudan, Sudan, Liberia, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, DRC, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Lucy also has experience in working for peace and reconciliation processes in the following conflicts: Lords Resistance Army (LRA) Juba Peace Process; Allied Democratic Front (ADF); Karamojong Pastoralist Conflict; Turkana Pastoralists conflict; Regional Disarmament Initiatives for the Pastoralists in the Horn and East Africa; land and oil/iron ore mining conflicts.  Lucy’s extensive client list includes the European Union, World Bank, UN Office for African Affairs, UNDP, UNICEF, DFID, AU, IGAD, EAC, SADC, ECOWAS and International Conference of the Great Lakes, Pact on Security, Stability and Development (ICGLR), International Criminal Court, Ministry of Defence (Uganda), Ministry of Internal Affairs (Uganda), Office of the Prime Minister (Uganda), and Arcelor Mittal Steel. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Sector Planning and Management, and has specialized Training in Peace building and Conflict Management, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, SPHERE Standards for Humanitarian Response, IDP Policy making process and UN Special instruments on protection of Rights of IDPs and Refugees.

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Featured Associates

Goodwell Kadzikano (Senior Associate/Zimbabwe)


Goodwell’s expertise is in conflict transformation, dialogue promotion, peace building and reconciliation processes from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Nigeria. His major strength is in capacity building, having carried out extensive training on conflict transformation, mediation skills and dialogue facilitation with different clients. Between 2009 and 2013 he was engaged by the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (OHNRI) as a conflict transformation capacity building consultant.  His other skills include the use of participatory development methods such as Participatory Rural Appraisal, community based natural resources management and conflict management in natural resource governance. He has co-authored a book on Participatory Natural Resources Management. He initially trained in social work at the School of Social Work, Harare and the University of Zimbabwe (Diploma in Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work). He holds a Certificate in Drought Mitigation and Sustainable Livelihoods from the University of Natal. He also acquired a Diploma in Personnel and Training Management before attaining an MSc in Strategic Management from Chinhoyi University of Technology. Currently he is working on a doctoral thesis on ICTs in conflict, peace and development.



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Dr Francisco Kapalu Ngongo (Senior Associate/Angola)


Francisco is expert on business and human rights; conflict resolution; human development; humanitarian law and assistance; peace-building; political economy; sustainable development; women and children rights. He specializes  in building the capacity of different stakeholders; programme design and management; conduct high level negociation; research and learning. His multicultural background and analytical interest in other cultures, together with a command of three international languages enables him to handle negotiations that require the reconciliation of different stakeholders to eventual common problems. His geographic regions of interest are: Great Lake Region of Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Francisco has participated and presented papers in more than 20 international conferences. He is the author of “the Impasse of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Economic Growth vs. Governance in Angola”. He holds a PhD from the peace studies department of the University of Bradford (United Kingdom).



Kenneth Mpyisi (Senior Associate/Uganda)


Kenneth is the Director of KR Policy Group, a think tank based in Kampala  Previously he served as Director of Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Addis Ababa Office and Director of the ISS Office in Nairobi. He also worked as of the Head, Democratic Governance, SaferAfrica in South Africa and Programme Manager, West Africa for International IDEA. Kenneth started his career in 1994 as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served in various capacities from 1994-2001. He holds a. M.A International Policy Studies (Security and Development) from the Institute of International Studies in Monterey, (USA) and in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, (UK). His accomplishments include initiating collaboration with the Zambian government and the African Union process leading to the “Livingstone Formula”, the formal engagement between civil society and the African Union Peace and Security Council. Kenneth's area of focus is peace, security and governance issues and has conducted numerous studies for  UNDP and the East African Community (EAC) relating to peace and security issues in the region.

Akintobi Oulsanmi (Senior Associate/Nigeria)


Akintobi spent 22 years in the Nigerian Army and is a specialist in town planning, project management, and Geographical Information Systems. He has worked for a variety of organisations to apply geospatial solutions to security, stabilization, and peace-building projects. He is specialized in land use and conflict management. Akintobi’s clients include UN-Habitat and UNDP with assignments in Sudan and South Sudan, where he implemented land administration projects and rehabilitated physical infrastructure. He has also worked for Nigerian government institutions on GPS/GIS surveys, and the application of GIS for natural resource management. He holds degrees in Town and Regional Planning, an MBA, and a MSc in GIS from the Universities of Owerri and Ibadan (Nigeria). He also holds a diploma in land management and informal settlement regularization from the Erasmus University (The Netherlands).