Mr. Seth Appiah-Mensah is a veteran peacekeeper and a United Nations Staff Member. Prior to coming to UWA in October 2017, he was the Chief of Mission Support Planning Service at the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa. For over ten years, he worked in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UNHQ New York, where he played a lead role in the planning and management of several UN and AU missions, such as UNAMID (Darfur), MINURCAT(Chad), AFISMA (Mali), MISCA/MINUSCA (CAR) and AMISOM (Somalia). He also served in peacekeeping operations in Liberia (ECOMOG) and Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Seth was a member of the Ghana Armed Forces (Navy) for more than 23 years and held senior positions, including Commanding Officer Ghana Navy Ship YOGAGA, Military Advisor AMIS (Darfur) and the Aide de Camp to the President of Ghana (2002-2004). He has published articles on maritime security and peace and security issues across Africa in international journals. He is graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, UK, US Naval War College, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Command and Staff College, Jaji, Nigeria. He holds a Master of Arts degree (Maritime Policy) from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Drawing together existing scholarly literature on pan-Africanism, regionalism and organisational theory, human security concept, policy documents, interviews with key informants in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Gabon, and personal experiences in peacekeeping policy-making and practice in Africa, Seth's PhD research will critique the failures of existing partnerships and develop a framework for pursuing more inclusive and hence more effective security partnerships within the continent.