Keenan Govender

Keenan is a former Programme Officer within the Research Department at ACCORD. Keenan is born and raised in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Having completed his secondary education at Westville Boy’s High School, Keenan went on to study towards a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), graduating in 2019. During his time at UZKN he participated in the Street Law Programme where he taught Street Law to 55 offenders at the Department of Justice and Correctional Services’, Westville facility over a period of 11 weeks.

Prior to joining ACCORD in 2020, Keenan worked part-time as Project Assistant in Extractive Industries at Team Dynamix, assisting the Chief Executive and his team in developing strategies and implementation plans for a range of mining companies in South Africa and abroad as it relates to their sustainability plans, with a particular focus on health, safety, and their Social Labour Plans. Keenan also serves as a secretariat member in the Global Peace Secretariat and has assisted technically and substantively on multiple flagship Global Peace activities, working in association with organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations Foundation, UN SDG Action Campaign, JCI International, and other partners. Keenan has a keen interest in international relations, peace and security, international criminal law, social justice, African history, and preventative diplomacy.


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