Itonde A. Kakoma is a member of CMI’s Leadership Team and has been appointed as the Director for Global Strategy, a position established to ensure sustainable growth, risk management, and strategy execution. Kakoma joined CMI in 2014, initially serving as Head for Sub-Saharan Africa before being promoted as Programme Director responsible for Africa (Sub-Sahara, Sahel, and North Africa). Prior to CMI, Kakoma was the Assistant Director, Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, managing a portfolio of the Center’s peace initiatives and supporting President Carter’s diplomatic efforts in and between Sudan and South Sudan.

Mr. Kakoma was selected as a 2020 Global Fellow (Executive in Residence) at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He has expertise in negotiation and facilitation of high-level peace processes and area specialization in international conflict resolution, global peace and security trends, and inter-cultural communication and dialogue. Kakoma is a member of the Board of Directors for The Fulbright Finland Foundation.