Our Experts Network

Dr. Gustave Gaye


Dr Gustave Gaye is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Maroua in Cameroon. 

He holds a Doctorate in Development Studies; he focuses on violence and armed conflict in extreme poverty context.

Nana Alassane TOURE


Nana Alassane TOURE (Mali) is a sociologist by training and an expert is practices and policies in International Development She is a researcher and author of texts on issues of Governance, Violent Extremism, Peace and Security … She is also a Trainer of Trainers in Human Rights and active in Youth Organizations in Mali and in Africa.

Nana Toure holds a bachelor degree in sociology from University of Bamako in Mali, Masters degree in decentralisation and local development form the Institute of territorial development, a diploma in methods of scientific research from Colombia University in New York and an Executive masters in politics and practices in development from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 


Lantana Bako Abdullahi


Lantana has extensive experience working in the Nigerian non-profit and peace building sector. Previously, she worked with Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Nigeria managing several grants in the Middlebelt and Northeast funded by the US State Department and European Union. She was also responsible for managing SFCG’s local office and establishing good working relationship with the diverse local stakeholders and actors. Lantana has been involved in many research and evaluations within Africa such as UNICEF’s Analysis of the Situation of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in the Niger Delta and the Northern Region of Nigeria; and the USAID’s Early Warning Response Design Support (EWARDS) in Nigeria and Ghana. Lantana currently leads a local women-focused organization known as Women for Positive Peacebuilding Initiative and heads the Program design of the Plateau State Peacebuilding Agency. Lantana has just been selected as an African Fellow of the King Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Vienna, Austria

Yasmin Faruki


Yasmin Faruki is a 2017-2018 Boren Fellow and Fulbright awardee to Jordan focused on youth empowerment and countering violent extremism policy. Based in Amman, Jordan, Yasmin works at the United Nations Development Program on a project aimed at mitigating the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on vulnerable Jordanian host communities. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Regional & Comparative Studies and will complete her Master of Arts in Security Studies in December 2018. Yasmin is a certified speaker of Arabic after three years of intensive language study and extensive travel to the Levant.

Yassine Maghnouj


Yassine Maghnouj is passionate about business development. He holds a Master degree from France in Marketing and Sales and developed the (Chaque Canette Compte) can recycling project In 2012 he moved to China and got his second Master degree in Marketing and innovation and started a language School.

He has written about consumer behavior and infant formula milk in Chinese market and worked in many positions as part time or during the summer (foreign relations manager, cashier, language teacher, event organizer, driver, sales man…).

Since then, he has pitched on several events and won the Second place worldwide on Future Agro tech in Colombia on a Get In the Ring contest I pitched also on the MEDSPRING in Italy on MIT for refugees in Bahrain and several other worldwide events and competitions and I’ve been a speaker and mentor at the Algeria Entrepreneurship Summer School as well as a judge for Enactus Morocco.

He co-founded Startup Altitude to promote youth entrepreneurship in Morocco, Africa and the Mena region and build cross border collaboration between investors, researchers and policy makers.

Denis Emilien Atangana


Denis Emilien Atangana holds a bachelor in political science from the University of Yaounde, he has a certificate in public management from the regional Center Yali Dakar in partnership with CESAG . He is the president CERAD and member of the scientific committee of political dialogue of the Friederich Nauman foundation.


Haraouna Abdoulaye


Has more than 19 years of experience in projects and programs of development, humanitarian, governance and social cohesion. Since 2014 he has been fully involved in the fight against violent extremism, radicalization leading to violence and other destabilizing conflicts such as the stigmatization of certain ethnic groups who in the long run end up in the violent extremist. Since 2015 he has been the President of the Community Coalition for Peace and the Promotion of Living Together (COPAVE), he has participated actively in regional workshops on the Prevention and the Fight Against Violent Extremism. Harouna Abdoulaye participated as a panelist at the United Nations General Assembly on the process of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of ex-violent Extremist, in which he specializes today. He is also a facilitator and advisor in leadership and is experienced in community mobilization.

Abdallah Laassiri


Abdallah Laassiri was born in 1979, Kenitra where he pursued his University studies He obtained his BA degree in Religious studies in 2002 with a distinction at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Ibn Tofail University. Then, he moved to study at Mohammed V University, Rabat. He graduated in 2004 with a distinction. Then, he got his Ph.D. in 2004 in Religious Studies and Intercultural Dialogue with a distinction. Mr.Laassiri is the president and also the founder of “Wisdom Center for Religious Studies and Intercultural Dialogue.” Mr.Laassiri is Vice President of “the Moroccan Association of Islamic Education Professors” he is an active member in the youth association and the association of supporting the family of Kenitra, and he has participated in many national and international seminars and meetings about religious studies and intercultural dialogue, and the ways to encounter violent extremism. He also participated in the exchange program “Moroccan Religious Scholars-Leaders Study program” at the University of Georgetown in the USA.

Mahamat Mamdou Elaphi


MAHAMAT MAMDOU ELAPHI is a jurist by training, researcher and Ph.D. student in law at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Senegal, he holds a Master II in Public Management and International Relations and another in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. In addition, he is the Regional Head of the Association for the Development Support Project in Chad and is coordinating the Save Lake Chad Organization, in which he is the initiator. He is a young leader in Chad his contribution to the promotion of peace, respect for human rights and the fight against violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin is considerable.


Salma Yusuf

Sri Lanka

Hailing from a “triple minority” background – namely, ethnic, religious and linguistic minority communities – Salma Yusuf has translated her heritage into professional acumen by developing a high degree of empathy to grievances, sophisticated and nuanced understanding of challenges, and cross-cultural sensitivity to the aspirations and needs of societies and communities she works with, in the pursuit of the ideals of human rights, law, justice and peace.

Salma Yusuf is a Global Human Rights, Peace-building and Transitional Justice expert with over ten years experience providing consultancy services to organizations at the international, regional and national levels including to governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and national civil society, non-governmental organizations, regional and national institutions. 

Professional engagements have included diverse roles including being a public official in government, human rights activist, journalist and newspaper columnist, law and human rights lecturer, published author, peace practitioner, civil society advocate, academic and researcher, international speaker and resource person for seminars, conferences and training workshops.

Highly skilled, resourceful and focused, all the while maintaining a strong work ethic and integrity, she is adept at not only working at different tracks and levels but across tracks too, placing her in good stead to have strategic foresight and holistic approaches to developing innovative solutions.

Her leadership and influence is reflected in the invitations she receives to engage with and provide advisory services, thought leadership, policy entrepreneurship and strategic advocacy at the highest levels of diplomacy, governance, mediation and dialogue processes, professional exchange platforms, program design and implementation.  

In recognition of her professional contributions, she is a recipient of numerous international leadership awards by foreign governments.

She has a Master of Laws from Queen Mary University of London specializing in Public International Law, Human Rights, and Transitional Justice.
She has a Bachelor of Laws Honours from University of London. 
She has completed specialized fellowships at University of Toronto, University of Canberra and American University of Washington. 
Email : salmayusuf@gmail.com 

She is a practicing lawyer, called to the Bar and admitted by Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, where she practices in the fields of Fundamental Rights, Public Law, Labor Law, Commercial and Corporate Law.

Mohamed Benaissa


Professor of philosophy, doctoral student in sociology, researcher on youth issues, immigration and extremism, human rights activist.