Zinurine Abiodu Alghali
Coordinator: Peacekeeping Unit
Zinurine Abiodu Alghali is Coordinator of ACCORD's Peacekeeping Unit which implements the Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme that aims to strengthen African civilian capacity for peace operations on the continent. His is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Unit and its initiatives to ensure the realisation of the goals and objectives of the Peacekeeping Unit and the TfP Programme.
Zinurine is originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone and lived through the decade long civil war in his country. He has been contributing to the enhancement of civilian capacity of African states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to prepare, plan, manage and monitor multi-dimensional peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations since he joined ACCORD for a six month internship in March 2008. Following the internship, he continued his contribution to the goals of the Unit and the TfP Programme as Programme Officer and Senior Programme Office before assuming the position of Coordinator in October 2011. Prior to joining ACCORD, he was Programmes Coordinator for Post-Conflict Reintegration Initiatives for Development and Empowerment (PRIDE) in Sierra Leone and contributed to peacebuilding in Sierra Leone for over five years.
Zinurine studied at the University of Sierra Leone (Fourah Bay College). His educational background includes: Gender, Conflict and Human Rights (Masters), Philosophy and Politics (Bachelors) and Mass Communication (Diploma). He is generally interested in and has written extensively on peacekeeping and peacebuilding and ensures a gender perspective in the initiatives he manages and implements. He is happy to be with ACCORD and for the opportunity to contribute to sustainable peace and development on the continent.