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Meet Dr. Ayo


I am a political scientist and international development specialist who studies global conflict, peacebuilding, democracy, corruption, and anti-corruption policies. I also provide advice to governments and international organisations on how to promote peacebuilding and development in countries emerging from civil wars.  At the moment, I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and International Development at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Leiden, I served as a Special Adviser on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria. Before that, I was an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at American University of Nigeria (AUN). Prior to joining AUN, I was a Research Fellow and Tutor at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) in the Netherlands. I have also worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA, and consulted for the United Nations, and the British Council.

Other Affiliations & Leadership Roles

  1. Member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council

  2. Founder and President of Future-Ready Coaching Academy

  3. Member of Leiden Teachers’ Academy (LTA)

  4. Chair of the Programme Council, Leiden University College

  5. Academic Advisor, Leiden University College

  6. Affiliated Research Fellow, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)

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