Stephanie Wolters is a researcher, political analyst and journalist who has been working in Africa for the past 20 years. She spent five years in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where she was a correspondent for the BBC, Reuters and The Economist, later joining MONUC (the United Nations Organisation Mission in the DRC) where she was the editor in chief of Radio Okapi. Stephanie continues to focus on the Great Lakes in particular, and on conflict zones in Africa in general. She has run media projects on Africa for the Mail & Guardian, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Stephanie has consulted on conflict dynamics for various private and public entities, including The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. She has written extensively for the South African and international media and has also published academically, most recently writing the chapter on the DRC for In the Shadow of Violence Politics, Economics, and the Problems of Development, edited by Douglass C North, John Joseph Wallis, and Steven B Webb. Stephanie holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Mariamawit Wole holds a diploma in Purchasing and supplies management from Addis Ababa University, college of commerce and is a BA Student in Business administration and information systems. She joined ISS in March 2009 as a receptionist. Before joining ISS , worked at Sheraton Addis as a customer service agent, Hilton International as Reservation agent and supervisor and as a ticket agent in a travel agency.
Omar S Mahmoud joined the ISS in August 2016 as a Researcher in the Peace and Security Programme in ISS Pretoria. Before joining the ISS, Omar worked in the following positions: international security consultant focused on the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa regions; Senior Analyst for a Washington DC-based consulting firm; and Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Omar obtained his Master’s degree in Security Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Paul-Simon Handy joined the ISS in February 2008. He is currently seconded to the UN Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR). Before taking up this position, he was head of the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis division of the ISS in Pretoria. Before that, Paul-Simon was Research Director and Deputy Executive Director of the ISS. Before joining the ISS, Paul-Simon held a teaching position at the Free University of Berlin, and worked as a Visiting Fellow with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. He is on the editorial board of the African Security Review, a deputy director of l’Observatoire de l’Afrique and a guest-lecturer at the Political Science Department of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Paul-Simon studied at the universities of Yaounde, Berlin and Leipzig where he did his PhD.
Penny Mandula joined the ISS in February 2014. She is currently Programme Administrator in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis division in Pretoria. When she first joined the ISS, she was Events Coordinator for the Transnational Threats and International Crime division. She is completing her Bachelor of Law degree with the University of South Africa, majoring in international human rights.
Samira Yusuf joined the ISS Nairobi Office in September 2008 as a receptionist and currently serves as a programme Assistant to The Peace Mission Programme in Nairobi Office.
William T. Assanvo is a senior researcher in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division in the ISS’s Dakar office. Prior to joining the ISS, William worked with the Mano River Union Secretariat as a peace and security expert. He also held several consultancy positions, notably with Global Integrity, the Centre for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara (Centre4S), and the UK Transparency International Defence and Security Programme. He founded the African Diplomacy Observatory, an initiative aimed at monitoring and providing analysis on a range of diplomatic, security, defence, economic, trade, human rights, and environment issues relating the Africa. From 2008-2011 he worked as a programme/research assistant with the International Security Advisory Team (ISSAT), a multi-donor initiative set up within the Geneva-based Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) to support international assistance to SSR efforts.