Dr Fatuma Ahmed Ali


Dr. Fatuma Ahmed Ali is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) of the United States International University – Africa (USIU-A), Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a Visiting Faculty and an External researcher of the Interuniversity Institute for Social Development & Peace (IUDESP) of the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain.

She holds a European Doctorate with distinction, an International Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair for Philosophy of Peace, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations
(Honors) Minors in Sociology and Management from United States International University (USIU)-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Her academic areas of specialization is in the field of International Relations, Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Post- colonial Studies, Security and Gender Studies.

Dr. Ali has various work experience in different fields. She has been involved in curriculum development, review/accreditation, program review, and as an external examiner, taught graduate and post-graduate students, and supervised dozens of Master theses and Doctoral dissertations locally and internationally. She has facilitated training for regional diplomats in East Africa, Security sector, District Officers and Police Officers in both Kenya and Spain. Also, she has professionally worked as an independent consultant with International NGOs, (Chemonics Kenya Transition Initiative (KTI), Mercy Corps, Marie Stopes International and the African Council of
Religious Leaders (ACRL)-Religious for Peace), UN agencies (UNDP, UNHCR and UNODC), Kenyan Government and the Commission for University Education (CUE).

Other professional experiences include working as the Co-director of Care Highway International projects in Kenya, security expert assistant for the European Union Election Observation Mission, student’s coordinator at Universitat, Jaume I, Castellón, Spain, primary school teacher, project coordinator and librarian. Dr Ahmed Ali has served as an International Observer of Development and Educational projects of SMARA (a local NGO in Castellón, Spain) and the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain in Saharawi Refugee camps in Tinduf, Algeria.

Dr Ali is a feminist researcher, Pan-Africanist, mentor and an academic activist in the area of Violence against Women. She has publications both in English and Spanish languages.

As the chairperson of the board of the NGO Conscious Kenya, she brings on board leadership, activism and academic expertise in the areas of gender, violent extremism, preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE), peace building, conflict analysis, youth empowerment and mentorship, social development, security, peace education, peace culture, indigenous conflict transformation models, women, war and peace, women´s agency and political participation, elections, peace settlements, migration/displacements in the Horn of Africa, gender/child protection of refugees, sexual and gender based violence and violence against women.