Dr. Leah Barasa

Dr. Leah Barasa (Kenya) is a University of Nairobi scholar, with one decade of political, humanitarian coordination, conflict research, development, analysis and writing experience. She has 10 years of operational and strategic integrated planning of the African Standby Force, humanitarian coordination, liaison and partnership experience in the Eastern and Horn of Africa countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, The Comoros, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia; SADC countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe); ECCAS countries (Gabon); ECOWAS countries (Ghana, Nigeria); NARC countries (Libya) with the African Union Commission, Peace and Security Department; an assistant Lecturer, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Nairobi campus.

Leah holds a Ph.D degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya; M. A in Gender and Development degree from the University of Nairobi (2005), a B.ed (Arts) degree from Kenyatta University (1994), a Diploma in Peace and Security from Uppsala University, Sweden (2013). She researches on capacity building, Gender-Based Violence and has been part of a team that is building capacity for the AU ASF Roadmaps I, II & III; assessment of the EASF Centers of Excellence and development of EASF Training Strategy, contributes to the development of the civilian dimension documents & curricula: EASF Civilian Foundation Course, Conflict Analysis and Prevention, EASF Exercise Planning Course, Dialogue, Negotiations & Mediation, Peace Operations Planning, Disarmament, Demobilisation & Reintegration, Gender in PSO, Training of Trainers, Security Sector Reform, Disaster Preparedness, Protection of Civilians, Child Protection, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence for both Eastern and Southern Regions (SGBV), Mission Specific & In-Mission Training ( AMISOM, UNAMID & UNMISS), Peace building and contributes to the development of integrated EASF Concept of Operations (CONOPS) & Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the EASF Planning Element (PLANELM)