Expert Profile

Mr Itonde Kakoma
Position(s) Head of Delegation and Permanent Representative to the African Union, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Mr Itonde Kakoma is an Executive-in-Residence within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Itonde A. Kakoma serves as a member of the Leadership Team and Director for Global Strategy at CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Centre. Kakoma joined CMI in 2014, initially serving as Head for Sub-Saharan Africa before being promoted as Programme Director responsible for Africa (Sub-Sahara, Sahel, North Africa and The Red Sea). Prior to CMI, Kakoma was the Assistant Director, Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, managing a portfolio of the Center’s peace initiatives and supporting President Carter’s diplomatic efforts in and between Sudan and South Sudan. He was an international observer for The National Referendum on the Right to Self Determination for the People of South Sudan in 2011; and served as an advisor and report writer for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specifically on the role of traditional and religious communities during the civil war and in peacemaking. Kakoma is an experienced facilitator of and advisor for high-level political and security dialogue fora; and has expertise in negotiation, peace process design, transitional justice, and an advocate for gender and inclusion. Kakoma is a frequent moderator for both closed-door and public platforms on matters of global peace and security and currently an Executive-in-Residence within the GCSP Global Fellowship Initiative.