Mr. Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar – Executive Director
Mr. Mumuni Muqthar is the Executive Director of the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE). He is a counter-terrorist with outstanding proficiency in homegrown terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism. His area of security interest seeks to determine how the role of civil society and grassroots-led efforts could serve as game changer for counter terrorism efforts in West Africa. This is based on his contention that Civil Society and grassroots-led efforts may have been significantly underutilized in the formulation and delivery of counterterrorism programs in West Africa, and that if exhaustively and effectively utilized, the inclusion of civil society could significantly alter outcomes of counterterrorism measures in the region and continent as a whole.
Muqthar has featured and written for many international media organizations including the Africa Defense Forum magazine of the Africa Command, BBC, Al Jazeera America, Maritime Review among others. In 2016 he was selected and invited by the US State Department to Washington DC to meet with President Barack Obama as Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI). He is also a member of Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum, member of the Africa Renaissance Movement, honorary fellow of Addio Pizzo, an anti-mafia organization in Sicily, Italy, and as well as finalist of the UK Alumni Awards 2016 for his impactful contribution to the fight against violent extremism in Africa.
Muqthar holds a Masters degree in International Terrorism, Global Crime and International Security at Coventry University, UK following a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Business Administration from Ashesi University, Ghana. His study also included understudying anti-mafia prosecutors in Sicily, Italy focusing on organized crime and anti-mafia strategies.