Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She is a found- ing member of the African Leadership Centre, which aims to build the next generation of African scholars generating cutting edge knowledge for security and development in Africa. The Geneva Centre for Securi- ty Policy (GCSP) also appointed her as a Distinguished Fellow in April 2014. She served as Director of the Con- flict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London from 2003 until 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Represen- tative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict overseeing the Africa work of that Office. In this role, she facilitated the establishment of the Na- tional Commission for War Affected Children in Sierra Leone and the Child Protection Unit in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
In 2015, Prof Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of sev- en members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Archi- tecture. She was also appointed in 2016 as a member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the United Na- tions Progress Study on ‘Youth, peace and security’. She serves on the board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and Chairs the Africa Regional Advisory Com- mittee of the Open Society Foundation.
She obtained her first degree at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in Political Science (BSc). She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in War Stud- ies as well as her PhD in War Studies at King’s College London.