MaryAnne Iwara

MaryAnne Iwara

2023 UNECA Fellow

MaryAnne Iwara, Senior Research Fellow and Programme Officer. She was instrumental in the establishment of Nigeria’s foremost civilian peacebuilding training Centre while supporting the development of research and policy solutions in the areas of capacity building for peace and preventing and countering violent extremism. She has also gained extensive experience as a peacebuilder notably working with vulnerable/impacted groups and populations, including ex-associates of Boko Haram and returning communities.

Her career in Peace and Security in Africa spans more than one decade of experience at the Nigerian Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the German Agency for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) in Ghana, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in Abuja, Nigeria.

MaryAnne has a BA in History and International Studies, an MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Leipzig. Miss Iwara is also a recipient of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship and the Policy Leaders Fellowship from the School of Transitional Governance (STG) of the European University Institute (EUI).

  • Country: Nigeria
  • Current base

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