Dr. Ibrahim Bangura has worked extensively in the fields of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, security sector reform, sustainable livelihoods, gender and conflict resolution.
He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam; and a PhD in Economics at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany.
Having lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States of America and worked (mostly short-term missions running from two weeks to three months) in Somalia, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Nepal, Afghanistan, Libya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Belgium, amongst other countries, Dr. Bangura has varied and extensive experience within African, European, American and Asian cultures, developing a rich understanding of their systems, structures, and traditions.
Dr. Bangura is also a monitoring, evaluation and research expert and has taken part in and led many research projects and monitoring and evaluation assignments in different countries. He currently lives in Sierra Leone where he works as a consultant and serves as a part-time lecturer at the Peace and Conflict Studies programme, University of Sierra Leone.