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Russell J. Hanks

He is a retired diplomat and senior official in the U.S. Department of State.  He received a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford) in 1977, a MPA in Public Administration and International Relations from Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) in 1987, and a MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University (Washington, DC) in 2008.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and has served in West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.  Mr. Hanks was at the center of Guyana’s and Nigeria’s elections in the 1990s, peace processes in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad, and Sudan, and peace building in Guinea-Bissau.

Prior to the Foreign Service, he gained experience in power, construction, and textile industries, with labor organizations, and consulting on political campaigns, employment programs, and various micro-economic development programs.

Mr. Hanks has extensive experience in negotiations, political mediations, conflict resolution, intergovernmental operations, and national strategy.

Mr. Hanks currently consults with a variety of clients on diplomacy, political risk analysis, and political campaign structures.

He speaks English, Portuguese, Arabic, and smatterings of a number of other languages.

Mr. Bunmi Makinwa

Chief Executive Officer of AUNIQUEI, a private entrepreneurial initiative in communication for leadership. He authored and co-authored several books and journal articles. He is also Blogger, Writer and Columnist.

Babafemi Adesina BADEJO, Ph.D

For almost two and a half decades, he served the United Nations in Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan as Chief of Staff of complex UN Peace Operations; Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General...

Prof. Diedre L. Badejo

Dr. Badejo holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and a Masters in African Area Studies majoring in West African theatre, oral historiography, and minoring in political science (UCLA). As part of her UCLA masters’ degree, she took year-long courses in literature/theatre, history, and political science at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies, Legon.

Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, MFR

Ayo Aderinwale’s career has spanned politics, leadership, international relations, education, public service and philanthropy. He has also been a consultant for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the former Organization of Africa Unity now known as the African Union.