Conversation Series

How Will Perspectives of Peace and the State Change among Leaders of the Future?

TOKYO: UNU will host a conversation with Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President and Vice-Principal International at King’s College London.

On 30 May 2023, UNU will host “How will perspectives of peace and the state change among leaders of the future?”, a conversation with Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Chair of the UNU Council, and Vice-President and Vice-Principal International at King’s College London. This event will start at 18:00 in the 2F Reception Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.  

The structural shifts occurring in the world today – demographically, socially and politically – pose significant challenges for peace and stability. The youth population is at the core of the structural shifts. They represent the world's most urgent crisis, and they are an important window to the solutions to the most pressing problems. How the youths organise, build community, problem-solve and engage with today’s technological revolutions will influence their longitudinal maturity.  

Professor Funmi Olonisakin will join UNU Rector Tshilidzi Marwala for a conversation exploring the role of generational change in shaping our future. How will this shape notions of peace and leadership across societies in 2050? Will their perspectives and ideas of change bridge the evident gaps between the global North and South? How will the global leadership infrastructure adapt to these evolutions? 

The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation; you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all event attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while exchanging ideas and making new contacts. 

Please note that this event will be in English. Advance registration (by 29 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. 


To attend this event in-person at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, register here. Please note that entry into the venue will not be allowed after 18:15. Additionally, please be prepared to present identification at check-in.

About the speaker

Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President International, Engagement and Service (IES) at King’s College London. She is also Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at the African Leadership Centre in the School of Global Affairs at King’s. In her role as Vice-President IES, Professor Olonisakin seeks to facilitate the deployment of King’s assets (including knowledge, scholarship and talent in service of society) locally, nationally and internationally, to enable transformative and lasting impact. She is committed to building inter-disciplinary and intersectoral collaboration, and sustaining equitable partnerships to realise positive and lasting impact within and beyond King’s.  

Professor Olonisakin was educated at the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and King’s College London, graduating with a BSc. Honours in Political Science (Ife, 1984) and MSc and PhD in War Studies (King’s 1996) respectively. She was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Sciences in UP in 1998 and was awarded a McArthur Foundation post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of War Studies from 1998-1999.