An African perspective on mediating conflict

Date: 25 April 2017

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, Room D.013 - Grote Kauwenberg 18 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Short description: Guest Lecture by Ambassador Welile Nhlapo

IOB is privileged to have as its guest speaker, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, senior advisor to the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Dispute (ACCORD) and former South African Ambassador to the (then) Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA). Ambassador Nhlapo has also served as Director Africa II Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs, South Africa’s Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Head of President Mbeki’s Presidential Support Unit, National Security Special Advisor to President Zuma and the President’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region.

Ambassador Welile Nhlapo is a name synonymous with creating an accurate understanding of the nature of conflict in all its dimensions, specifically related to the root causes of conflict situations on the African continent. In a variety of high ranking diplomatic positions he has gained extensive experience in supporting the negotiation of the resolution of protracted conflict situations.

Building on his historical knowledge of the African continent, his personal interaction with African leaders and his detailed knowledge of the working methods of the African Union and the United Nations, Ambassador Nhlapo will present during the guest lecture his views on mediating conflict.