Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development, at King’s College London. She was founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting-edge knowledge for security and development in Africa, and Director of the Conflict, Security, and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London from 2003 to 2013. She previously worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.
In 2015, Prof. Olonisakin was appointed by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. She also is a member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the UN Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security; a board member of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; and Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI).
In 2016, the University of Pretoria appointed her as an Extra-Ordinary Professor in the Department of Political Sciences in 2016.