- Amb. Fred Ngoga Gateretse : Ag. Head of Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division

Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga is the Ag. Head of the conflict prevention and early warning division at the African Union Commission. The Division includes the Continental Early Warning System, the Panel of the Wise and the AU Border Program. His ambition is to enhance the AU’s ability to do Early Warning, assist Member States to address structural vulnerabilities, better equip preventive diplomats and to assist to strengthen national capabilities to prevent violent conflicts. He also believes in building stronger partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations in the area of conflict prevention.

Prior to joining the division he served as a senior officer with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) where he assisted operational teams from the Military, Civilian and Police components to provide support on Counter Terrorism and in the planning of military operations in line with AMISOM’s mandate.

Before joining AMISOM, Ambassador Ngoga was a Regional Manager for Africa with iJET Intelligence Risks, a US based provider of operational risk management solutions. He also worked as an Africa security Analyst for TranSecur and for Solutions for Progress Inc in Philadelphia where he assisted in the research for the book Raise the Floor - Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us, by Holly Sklar and Laryssa Mykyta.

Ambassador Ngoga studied in France and in the US where he attended the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Suffolk University. He also received numerous professional trainings on peacekeeping and international security with Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the African Center for the Research and Study on Terrorism in Algeria (ACSRT) and with the British Army's Defense Intelligence and Security Center (DISC) in Chicksands ,United Kingdom. He was appointed on 16 April 2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Burundi.

- Dr. Admore Kambudzi: Head, PSC Secretariat

Admore Mupoki Kambudzi was born in Gutu communal lands in south-central Zimbabwe, and later grew up in Chikomba District to which his parents had migrated, in 1964, to run an agro-commercial venture. He was educated at the University of Zimbabwe, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Politics and Administration, and subsequently, a Master’s Degree in International Relations in 1987. He then went to study in France where he obtained a Diploma in French and later on, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in International Relations. 

Between 1993 and mid-2001, Admore Mupoki Kambudzi taught political science at the University of Zimbabwe. He later took up a United Nations consultancy in 2001, to assist the OAU/African Union in putting in place the African Peace and Security Architecture  – this being Africa’s blueprint for promoting peace, security and stability in the continent. In 2006, he became the Secretary of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which is the supreme organ responsible for decision-making on issues of peace and security in Africa. Further, in January 2016, he also took an additional task as Acting Director of the AU Peace and Security Department.

Admore Mupoki Kambudzi is the author of the book ‘Africa’s Peace Fiasco’, numerous published articles in scientific journals and several book chapters, as well as two upcoming books on Somalia and the African Peace and Security Architecture.

Alongside his professional endeavors, Admore Mupoki Kambudzi has remained an admirer and practitioner of entrepreneurship, with a special interest in agriculture and socio-economic development within proximity – a concept that forms the core of his doctoral thesis in International Relations. He has provided in the past, and continues to provide technical and financial support to several local community level development projects in Chikomba District - his home district. He is a farmer in his own merit.

- Dr. Tarek A. Sharif: Head of Defense and Security Division

Dr. Tarek A. Sharif was appointed Head of the Defence and Security Division of the AU Peace and Security Department in December 2009, after serving for four years as Senior Policy Offcier at the African Union Office in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Prior to that, Dr. Sharif worked at Schiller International University in Madrid, Spain, where he held the position of Associate Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy. He also served for four years, as the Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Islamic Red Crescent one of the specialized organs of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

He received his Ph.D in International Security from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.