Board of Trustees

An International Board of Trustees that sets policy and approves its programme and budget governs the Center. An Executive Director directs it on a day-to-day basis. Currently the board has 11 members and one ex-officio member.

  • Lt. Gen. E. Erskine
  • Dr. L. Kapungu
  • Mr. R. Bergstrom
  • Mrs L. Mushonga
  • Advocate Gladys Mutukwa
  • Mr. Eben Makonese
  • Prof. Hope Sadza
  • Justice M. Cheda
  • Dr A. Odandaal
  • Dr H. J. Orbon
  • Mr P. H. Hergum

Lt-Gen. Emmanuel A. Erskine (Ghana, Chairman) has extensive experience with United nations peacekeeping operations: as Chief of Staff and Deputy Force Commander for UNEF2, Egypt (1974-75): Chief Of Staff for UNTSO, Israel (1976-78); Force Commander for UNIFIL, Lebanon (1978-81); Chief of Staff for UNTSO and the Secretary General's Representative for Matters relating to UN Peacekeeping Operations in the Middle East (1981-86). Gen. Erskine was commissioned at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, in December 1960 (Corps of Signals, Ghana). He attended the Staff College in Camberley in 1968 and the Royal College of Defense Studies, both in the UK, in 1968 and 1972 respectively. He served as Director-General, Operations and Planning, Ministry of Defense of Ghana, from 1971-72; as Commander of the Ghanaian Army from 1973-74; and as Commanding Officer, Ghana Signal Regiment, and Director of Communications with the Ministry of Defense. He is the author of the book "Mission with UNIFIL, an African Soldier's Reflections", published by Christ Hurst, London, in 1989; and co-author of the UN Guidelines on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), and published by the Training & Evaluation Services / DPKO.


Dr. Leonard T. Kapungu is the GERDC Director and former CPIA Executive Director. He retired from the United Nations in August 2000, after a career spanning more than 30 years, as Director of the Lessons-Learned Unit/DPKO. He was responsible for establishing, directing and securing funding for the Unit, for making recommendations to the Secretary-General on how to improve ongoing and future missions. He established a Resource Centre as an institutional memory of peacekeeping and peace support operations. Among the positions he held were: Principal Officer/DPKO, responsible for the UN Aouzou Strip Observer Group, the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda and the UN Observer Mission Uganda-Rwanda (1994-95); Director of Political Affairs, UN Operations in Somalia (1992-94); Chief of the Research and Analysis Unit, Department of Political Affairs (DPA), focusing on African political problems (1992); Chief of the Africa and Asia Data Unit/DPA (1986-91); and Deputy

Secretary of the UN Council for Namibia (1981-86). He served as Advisor on a series of missions of the Secretary-General: to Sierra Leone (1999), Somalia (1992), the Conference on Democracy in South Africa (1991) and the Fact-finding Mission to South Africa (1990). Dr. Kapungu's experience in conflict management include the following memberships: the International Resource Group of Experts on Somalia and Rwanda of the Life and Peace Institute of Sweden; the International Resource Group on Disarmament, Security and Demobilization; Advisor to Accord of Southern Africa, which deals with issues of preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping; and member of panels dealing with issues of strengthening the OAU Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa. Dr. Kapungu received a Doctorate degree in international relations and applied economics from the University of London (1971); a Master's degree in international relations from Colorado State University (1967) and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Rhodesia (1965).

He was Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Long Island (1974-78), and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Maryland (1971-74).


Mr. Runo Bergstrom (Sweden, Member) is the representative of Life and Peace Institute (LPI) in the Republic of Congo. He was Coordinator of the Lessons Learned Unit of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 1995-2000. Between 1992 and 1994, he was a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Operations in Somalia, responsible for the establishment of local government, disarmament and demobilisation. Before that, he served with UNIFIL and UNRWA in the Middle East.


Ms. Lois Mushonga (Vice Chairperson, Zimbabwe) is the formern Director of Save the Children Norway in Zimbabwe (SCN-Z), a child rights organization, a post she has held since 1990. Her responsibilities include representing SCN-Z and promoting child-focused development in line with the organization's vision, strategies and values; and developing and fostering relationships and strategic alliances with local, national and international partners and networks and Save the Children Alliance organizations to achieve a broader and lasting impact on children. A mother of four children, Ms. Mushonga holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Westchester Community College, Valhalla, and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in the United States, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Zimbabwe.


Advocate Gladys Mutukwa: an Eminent Lawyer with LLM degree and Gender Advocate since 1980s, is married to Dr. K. Mutukwa, first Secretary of the SADC Parliamentary Furum. Advocate Mutukwa is the Regional Coordinator of the Women in Law and Development. She is also a member of the National Women's Lobby, Zambia. Advocate Mutukwa was in 2005 involved with international and regional mechanisms available for the protection of women's rights deliberations where she authored the document with the title Home-grown rights instruments: Supporting the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.



Mr. Eben Makonese (Zimbabwe, Treasurer) is Managing Director of Chemplex Corporation, a post he has held since 1991. He joined Zimbabwe Phosphate Industries Ltd., a subsidiary of Chemplex, in 1971, as a junior Chemical Engineer, and rose to be its General Manager. He serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, CIMAS, Sable Chemical Industries and Tobacco Sales Floor, and is Chairman of Zimbabwe Sun and ZFC Ltd. He is a member of such associations as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Directors, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries Council and the Zimbabwe Institute of Management; is a founding member of the Environmental Forum, and a trustee of the Wildlife and Environmental Trust Fund of Zimbabwe and Partners for Progress. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, in the United States, and has a Management Development Diploma, UNISA.


Prof. Hope Sadza
Prof. Hope SadzaProfessor Hope Sadza is the founder of Women's University in Africa and its current Vice Chancellor.

She has won several awards from 2006, in Nigeria, Washington DC, and Zimbabwe. She was the Director of the year (Public Service) Award in 2007. In 2009 she won the most prestigious Fulbright Scholarship tenable in the United States of America, being one of the three recipients in Africa. The awards were given in recognition of her founding the first Women's University in Africa in 2002.


Justice M. Cheda


Dr A. Odandaal


Dr H. J. Orbon


Mr P. H. Hergum










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