Jesutimilehin O. Akamo is the Research Coordinator at the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has worked, led and participated in various studies with reputable institutions like the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Joint Force Command (NATOjfc) – where he served briefly as a Consultant – the African Union (AU), GIZ (the German Corporation), United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (UNESCO IICBA), the Nanjing Peace Forum, United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights – East Africa Regional Office (OHCHR-EARO), the World Bank, the European Union (EU) where he leads IPSS’ participation in the JOINT project on regional fragmentation, and Trust Africa.
His research interests include international institutions, democratisation, governance and institutions, identity politics, information politics, cyber studies, youth, gender, human rights (and HRBA), intelligence studies, migration, terrorism and violent extremism, theories of international relations and the philosophy of technology. He prefers to work on these issues within the context of development, peace and security in Africa. Providing technical support to youth-led establishments within these contexts dominates his civil society and entrepreneurial engagements.
He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.