Task Force

Boubacar Thera

Boubacar Thera is currently responsible for Programs in the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). He manages several programs including the Early Warning System, an integral part of ECOWAS architecture for peace and security; a project on human security that engages international organizations, civil society, youth and peace education practitioners; and WANEP-Mali, a network of sixty member organizations.

Thera is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Defenders Rights Network, where he chairs the group leading analysis and forecasting as part of a program for transitional justice in Mali. This program supported monitoring of nearly 1,000 serious violations of human rights that occurred in Mali between January 2012 and December 2014.

A cultured man and true enthusiast of scientific research, Boubacar is a researcher in security, terrorism and sovereignty in West Africa and also Professorial Lecturer at the Faculty of Public Law (UPDF), University of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako (USJPB). Thera has also worked to encourage tolerance among Muslims in Mali by establishing connections among religious organizations. These actions, along with his commitment, courage and sense of responsibility, have allowed him to benefit from the sympathy of his colleagues.

Yannick Botèhoussè Legba

Mr. Yannick Legba Botèhoussè joined the National Police of Benin in 2008. He completed his training with a degree from a program sanctioned by the Police Commissioner, and currently holds the rank of 1st Class Police Commissioner. He has a Master in Statistics obtained at the National School of Applied Economics and Management in Cotonou. Before joining the police force of his home country, he worked in the health field as a Monitoring and Evaluation expert on behalf of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the central Benin. He currently holds the position of Head of the Department of Border Areas Security and Monitoring in the Beninese Agency for Integrated Management of Border Areas in the Ministry of Interior of Benin. In this role, he coordinates the operationalization of border security with the Security and Defense Forces. He is the training coordinator of the special unit of border surveillance and a member of the ACEC / FRONTEX intelligence community, a network for information sharing between experts from African countries and the European Union. He gives lectures as an expert in border security, and is supporting the US Institute of Peace in setting up the regional network on security sector development in Africa.

Boubacar Oumarou Yaye

Boubacar Oumarou Yaye has been a practicing attorney since 2000, and became interested early in the issue of conflict management and promotion of peace in Niger.

From 2003 to 2005, he successfully completed a training qualification course in adult education and conflict transformation. Since then, he has been asked by various partners for training in conflict management, mediation, nonviolent communication, and on-the-ground actions for peace, including community dialogue processes. For the past few years, he has chaired the Nigerien network for nonviolent conflict management, with which he is currently working on a national project entitled "Promotion of citizen control of Security Governance in Niger", which is supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Yaye represents the Order of the Nigerien Lawyers in meetings on terrorism, violent extremism, and human rights in Niger organized by EUCAP Sahel with funding from the European Union.

Abdulbaset Ashoor Elgadi

Engineer Abdul Baset al-Kadi is an engineer and has been registered with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) as a defender of human rights. In 2011, he worked with the human rights division within UNSMIL to access detainees in order to document cases of torture and death under torture. Mr. al-Kadi is also a founding member of the National Committee for the Care of Prisoners and Prison Control. He is also a key partner in the campaign of “no legitimacy to any oppressor,” which targets forced detention, torture, and migration.  Additionally, engineer Al-Qadi is the local partner for security and justice sector support project and works to support ownership rights.  In 2013, he was a project director for the security and justice dialogue project in the city of Al-Zawiya in Libya. Mr. al-Kadi has a Training-of-Trainers certificate from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and from the Geneva Institute for Human Rights. He also participated in several activities aimed at creating non-traditional mechanisms to support the security and justice sector through Shura councils and reconciliation committees.

Adjaratou Wakha Aidara Ndiaye

Dr. Adjaratou Wakha Aidara Ndiaye is the Executive Director of Partners West Africa - Center for Civic Collaboration, a member of the network of Partners for Democratic change. She has been a consultant to Partners West Africa since 2011, when she participated in the drafting of publications and projects. In 2013, she was one of the coordinators for the project "Promoting an inclusive approach to security in West Africa" that was hosted in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, and Guinea, and funded by IDRC. From June 2014 to April 2015, she was the Coordinator of the Executive Committee of Partners West Africa, she took over the coordination of projects focused on the role of civil society in security sector reform in Guinea and Mali, which were funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Currently, she manages the project "Partners in Crime: Citizens and Police Working Together for Safety and Security in Guinea", a project funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and led by PDC and two other organizations. Dr. Aïdara Ndiaye is a member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN).

Chahrazed Ben Hamida

Chahrazed Ben Hamida is the vice president of the Tunisian Observatory of the Global Security; a Tunisian non-governmental organization whose field of expertise is the transformation of the security sector (www.otsg.org). She is a teacher researcher in public law and public security policies at the Tunisian University and trainer in facilitation and conflict resolution. She is also a lawyer practicing in Tunis

Ahmed Newton Barry

Investigative journalist and human rights activist

Farah Hached

Farah Hached is the president and founder of Labo’ Démocratique, a Tunisian think tank, established in 2011, that aims to contribute to creating and rooting an innovative and living democracy. She wrote many articles and participated as a panelist in several conferences about the Tunisian democratic transition and especially security sector reform. She co-authored and co-directed a book untitled The Tunisian revolution and security challenges. Farah Hached holds a master degree in public laws from Pantheon-Assas University (Paris), with a concentration in human rights, an LLM from Northwestern University (Chicago) and a Certificate of business administration from IE Business School (Madrid). From 2000 to 2007, she worked in relation with NGOs and international organizations, and taught at a university level in Tunisia (Ecole nationale d’administration) and France (Sorbonne University). Then, in 2006, she reoriented her career towards business law and joined the private sector. From 2009 to 2012, she was the legal director of a fund investment. In 2012, one year after having founded Labo' Démocratique, she created iher own legal consultancy firm.

Younes Abouyoub

Dhya Eddina Mourou

Lawyer and Vice President

Ibrahim Elghazawi

Lecturer of international law, expert in security sector reform and lawyer

Marwan Tashani


Etienne Houessou


Marcel Baglo Ayité

Marcel Baglo Ayité is the general manager of the Beninese Agency for Integrated Border Management. He holds a PhD in ecology, has more than thirty years of experience, and has led the development of a majority of the official documents and legislation concerning the environment in Benin. To his country of Benin and throughout Africa and the broader French-speaking world, Mr. Ayité has contributed his expertise in the field of organizational management, environmental planning, strategic environmental assessment, environmental audit of fragile areas’ rehabilitation, and in the development of environment management tools. He has conducted studies and facilitated trainings in environmental assessment for various agencies, including the African Development Bank, the International Francophone Secretariat for Environmental Assessment and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). In addition to this, he is preparing a methodological manual to integrate the environment into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). He has contributed to the promotion of cross-border cooperation and the security of border areas in efforts to combat terrorism and crime. He is also involved in the creation of the Special Unit of Border Surveillance, an elite unit of the National Police, and in the revision of the security policy of Benin.