Professor Charles Ukeje, holds a doctorate in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University. He joined the University as a Graduate Assistant in 1992 and rose to the rank of University Professor in International Relations in 2008. He has held several research and teaching positions in leading institutions around the world. Notably, he was Fulbright Scholar at Temple University, Philadelphia; Visiting Research Fellow at the Nordic African Institute in Uppsala; Departmental Lectureship in African Politics and Development at Oxford University’s Department of International Development, UK; and Senior Advisor on the African Peace and Security Program (APSP) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He continues to provide active technical and consultancy support to major international agencies such as the African Union; ECOWAS, GIZ; DFID/FCDO and key UN affiliates such as UNDP, UNODC, UNITAR and OHCHR. His teaching, research and consultancy activities are at the intersections of governance, peace and security in Africa. He has published extensively in major peer-reviewed journals; authored chapters in books; and coedited/authored four major works. He is the Lead Author of the AU/PSC mandated continental study on the Role and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security in Africa, and several other key publications on youth, peace and security.