Babatunde Afolabi

Regional Director – Anglophone and Lusophone Africa

Babatunde Afolabi joined HD in 2016 as Senior Programme Manager overseeing the organisation’s initiatives in Nigeria and The Gambia. In 2019, he was appointed as HD’s Africa Regional Director. Prior to joining the organisation, Babatunde served as Political Affairs Officer and Head of Section at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission during which time he played active roles in the establishment of the ECOWAS Mediation Facilitation Division. He was also a member of the team that conceptualized and implemented the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF). Babatunde was involved in efforts to resolve several conflicts across West Africa providing mediation support to various peace processes and serving as the Secretary to the ECOWAS Council of the Wise. Babatunde has also undertaken independent consultancy on mediation, conflict prevention and project management for several countries, international and non-governmental organisations as well as academic institutions. His other experience includes working for the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria, as well as teaching and publishing on peace and security issues. His latest book, Politics of Peacemaking in Africa: Non-State Actors’ Role in the Liberian Civil War, was released in 2017. Babatunde has a doctorate in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, as well as a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.


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