Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali
Dr. Mustafa Yusuf Ali is the Founder and Chairman of the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is currently serving as the Director of Arigatou International – Nairobi and the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), a global network active in 50 countries. He previously served as the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders and Africa Representative of Religions for Peace International. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations and Sociology from University of Portsmouth, Britain; Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Studies from University of Nairobi (Kenya); and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Sciences from Moi University (Kenya).
Dr. Mustafa has been working to build peaceful, just and harmonious societies and promoting peaceful coexistence between faiths and communities around the world for more than two decades. Together with religious leaders and multi-lateral institutions including the African Union and the United Nations, governments and partners, Dr. Mustafa has been involved extensively in finding ways to peacefully and sustainably address some of the most intractable conflicts in the most challenging countries and locations in Africa including Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Burundi and others.
He is a recipient of the 2012 Coexist International Peace Prize which was awarded to him in New York, USA, to honor his action-oriented work and leadership in interfaith relations and dialogue, as well as conflict transformation in Africa. A panel of judges, including former Ireland President Mary Robinson, Egypt Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Rabbi David Rosen and others voted him for ‘his vision and courage in mobilizing religious and faith leaders in transforming difficult and challenging conflicts in many parts of Africa’. He is the author of Globalization of Terrorism: From Sicariis, Assassins to ISIS.
Dr. Mustafa Y. AliChairman, Center for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR)
Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome
Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome Asmani is an expert in Islamic law, administrator, and community mobilizer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Shari’ah specializing in Muslim Personal Law from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Profession from the Kenya School of Law-Nairobi. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Shari’ah from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Punjab University – Lahore Pakistan.
Sheikh Lethome, consulted for Population Council in the debate around Islam and harmful cultural practices and co-authored a tool kit for anti-FGM/C campaigners in the Horn of Africa entitled “Delinking FGM from Islam”. As a lead consultant, he guided UNFPA Kenya into developing a Shariah compliant guide on Islam and child-spacing.
He is the chairman of both the Shariah advisory Committee of KCB, and that of the County Pension Fund (CPF) on interest free banking and Shariah compliant financial transactions.
He consulted for USAID in developing a programme for youth in Nairobi and Mombasa to prevent radicalization.
Sheikh Lethome is a long-standing lawyer specializing in Muslim personal law matters. He previously worked as a Commissioner in both the People’s Commission (Ufungamano Initiative) and the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) and was part of the team that drafted the Bill of Rights in the “Bomas draft”, the precursor to the 2010 Constitution.
He is a member of both the Jamia Mosque Committee and Supreme Council of Muslims and advices both institutions on legal and Shariah matters.
Currently Sheikh Lethome is the Secretary General of Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR) whose flagship project is known as BRAVE, and one of the leading Consultants on how religion can be used to address Violent Extremism, specifically training religious leaders, community P/CVE champions, youth and other stakeholders in this regard.
His main area of interest includes how to use religion to promote peaceful co-existence, Islam and the rights of the Child, Islam and the dignity of the child in the digital world and Islam and interfaith relations.
He has severally been invited by AU and IGAD to present papers on preventing and countering violent extremism in various Countries in Africa.
Sheikh Ibrahim LethomeSecretary General, Center for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR)
Abdul Swamad Alawi
Abdul Swamad Alawi has worked for National Muslim Leaders Forum as a System Support assistant and as an accountant with Nafisa and Alibhai Audit Firm. He later joined The African Council of Religious Leaders as youth intern before joining DNC Stationers Company as the Head of Sales Department.
Abdul has a Diploma in Business and ICT from the Institute of Advanced Technology, Nairobi and Bachelors of Arts in International Relations at Kenya Methodist University. He was the Chairman of Kenya Interfaith Youth Network from 2010 to 2014 which is a wing chapter of Interreligious Council of Kenya under the umbrella of Religions for Peace.
Abdul has a passion for children and youth in general and he has conducted seminars and workshop trainings in different parts of Kenya especially in the East and Western parts. Abdul has been a key player in youth activism in different subjects such as Environment awareness, eradication of small weapons, landmines and cluster ammunitions campaigns, countering violent extremism.
He is involved in many charity events that aim to benefit children from under privileged families especially orphans.
Abdul Swamad AlawiTreasurer
Sheikh Ramadhan Aula
Sheikh Ramadhan Aula Juma is an expert in Islamic law, Administrator, and social and political mobilizer. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s degree in Sharia from Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia. He also has a diploma in Administration from UK and holds certificates in Project Management, Communication, and Leadership.
Sheikh Ramadhan who is the current Programme Manager for BRAVE, worked as lecturer of Religious Studies (Islamic Studies) at Mt. Kenya University, and previously Lecturer University of Nairobi. He also authored learning material for beginners of Arabic Studies. He has engaged on matters of de-radicalization and wrote articles which were published in section of dailies in Kenya. He also facilitated fora that brokered peace between Akamba and Maasai communities who were in conflict over the grazing land and the livestock market.
Sheikh Ramadhan has wealth of experience in social mobilization, facilitation and training. He facilitated Intra-faith Community Dialogue Fora funded by UNDP in Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Isiolo and Marsabit. Edited the BRAVE Training Manual and Resource Guide on Narratives of Violent Extremists and Counter-Narratives. He also facilitated Inter-faith Community Dialogue Fora funded by UNDP for Coast Region and North Eastern Region. He trained BRAVE ToT on Resilience, Narratives and Counter-Narratives of the violent extremist groups in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera, Isiolo and West Kenya.
Trained Youth on resilience, Narratives and Counter Narratives of the Violent Extremist groups. He assisted in editing the Translated version of the Training Manual and Resource Guide into Swahili that was used for training. He worked with the Center for Study and Practice of Direct Democracy in the Youth Assembly Programme which was a platform for initiation of young people into leadership. The platforms were erected around the country (Kenya) and nurtured youth who took part in leadership positions and responsibilities where some took competitive positions and were elected in general elections. He also played an active role in the campaigns for peaceful elections where a white ribbon movement was launched symbolizing peace as a co-founder of Coalition of Youth Against Violence (COYAV). This was during Kenya’s 2002 general elections working with Ambassador Bethwel Kiplagat. He recently participated in Scoping Mission with National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on CVE activities in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi. He was the secretary of the team comprising of members from NCTC, NCIC, SUPKEM and UNDP
Sheikh Ramadhan AulaMember/Director CSCR
Dr. Othman Mujahid Bwana
Dr. Othman Mujahid Bwana, is professionally an educator who acquired his PhD in Early childhood Education from McGraw University, US and studied Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Planning and Bachelor degree in Education and Islamic studies in Usman Danfodio University, Nigeria. Dr. Mujahid is also a graduated with another PhD in Educational Management, planning option from Kampala International University, Uganda. He also has post graduate diplomas in Psychology, Project management, Peace and Conflict resolution.
Dr. Mujahid has been very active in areas of conflict resolution and peace building both in Kenya and abroad. He has worked as a consultant trainer in PVE and CVE with a number of organizations including KTI, Public affairs office, US Embassy, SUPKEM, Kenya Community Support Centre, Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance, MUHURI, RUSI, UNDP, The National Centre for Security Studies among others. He is a researcher, author, a trainer and a motivational speaker.
Among his contributions in the field Violent extremism Mujahid has carried out research on the drivers of VE, developed Training manuals for teachers, youth and women and has trained over 500 Imams and Madrassah Teachers on PVE and CVE particularly in the area of Countering Violent Extremism. He has been involved greatly in mentoring youth and developing different programs on helping in-school and out of school youth on issues of radicalization. The latest work carried out by Dr. Mujahid is the survey of women and girls participation in violent extremism titled; “Mapping Perceptions on Violent Extremism: A study of Women and Girls’ Attitude Towards Extremist Groups and Violent Extremism”.
Dr. Mujahid has recently developed a pocket book on Countering Violent extremism that is soon going to be published for use by police officers, Sermon guide for Imams and youth Empowerment Guide on Countering violence Extremism. The documents are to be printed by KECOSCE and RUSI. He has also developed a handbook on Countering violent extremism for madrassah teachers that was Published by the Public affairs Section US Embassy. Youth curriculum for de radicalization and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Othman Mujahid BwanaMember
Abdulrahman R.S Marjan
Mr. Abdulrahman R.S Marjan is the Communication Officer of Arigatou International-Nairobi. He is a reliable, transparent and efficient individual who has effectively specialized in the field of Communication and Peace Building.
In 2012, he worked at Radio Salaam, a national radio station in Kenya, which has its roots deep in the coastal part of the country. He also practiced his career skills in the subsequent years in The Kenya Ports Authority as a Public Relations Manager and in Mombasa Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a marketing and communication manager. His professionalism in providing high quality public relations, diplomacy and communications advisory services in the industry has created a strong brand for him to thrive at and also create a better image to the organizations he has been attached to.
Abdulrahman has a special interest in development and care. In his free time, he volunteers at schools and the community level to give motivational career speeches and counselling to the youth. His motivation towards reducing illiteracy in Kenya has had him offer voluntarily constructions in the Coastal, Nyanza and Western Regions of Kenya. In addition, he hopes to bring change to the third world countries by ensuring that community development projects are participatory in approach; which ensures community ownership and sustainability.
Mr. Marjan holds a Bachelor in Communications and Media with IT from Maseno University; and a Masters in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Nairobi.