Dr. Olutayo Charles Adesina
Dr. Olutayo Charles Adesina is Professor of History and Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He earned his Ph.D. from the Obafami Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He joined the University of Ibadan in 1993 and rose to become Chair of the prestigious Department of History in the periods 2001-2003 and 2006-2008. During his tenure as Chair, he facilitated the University of Ibadan/Kennesaw State University (USA) Links Program and served as the co-convener of the 'Joint International Conference on Globalization: Migration, Citizenship, and Identity, which was held at the University of Ibadan from November 6-9, 2007. In addition to being invited to serve at the Development Policy Center, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Adesina also served as the editor of the Nigerian Journal of Economic History (A Publication of the Economic History Association of Nigeria) between 1998 and 2008. In 2008, he was Guest Editor for Journal of Global Initiatives (Special Edition on Globalization and the Unending Frontier, vol.2, No. 2, 2008), Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Comparative American Studies, An International Journal (London, Sage Publications); The Global-Africa Development Network (GADN), and the Network for Nigerian Historians (NNH). Professor Adesina has won many prestigious awards including the International Visitors Program, United States Information Agency/Boston College (1994), and Fellow, Atlantic History Seminar, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, USA, 1998. He has many publications to his credit including Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System which he co-edited with Professor Akanmu G. Adebayo. In 2011, Professor Adesina was the Chairman of the 1st Faculty of Arts Biennial International Conference Committee which took place at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria from June 6-9, 2011. He is currently completing a book-length manuscript on 'Development: Concepts and Realities in the Third World.
Dr. Jamie Shea
Dr. Jamie Shea is NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges. He received his Doctorate Degree (D.Phil) from Oxford University in 1981. Since 1982 he has held several positions in NATO. From 1982 to 1985 he was Head of Youth Programs. Between 1988 and 1991, he was Assistant to the Secretary-General of NATO for special projects, most notably speech writing, ghostwriting of articles, press releases, book chapters, and official communiqués, and advising the Secretary-General on political and military issues and on his public communication strategy. Dr. Shea rose to become the Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer, Policy Planning Unit and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate of NATO and served in this capacity with distinction between 1991 and 1993. Consequently, he was elevated to the position of Spokesperson of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press. Having distinguished himself in these positions, he also served as Director of Information and Press, and Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division. Dr. Shea is an accomplished scholar. He holds several external academic positions including Associate Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington DC; Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Program; and Adjunct Associate Professor of International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University. He is also External Advisor for Sussex University in Postgraduate curriculum development, and Professor at College of Europe, Bruges. Dr. Shea is Associate editor for Europe’s World, Brussels-based journal on international affairs, and External Examiner for PhD candidates, London School of Economics, University of St. Andrews Department of War Studies, and King’s College, among others. He is member of several associations including Policy Forum, London; Security and Defence Programs Advisory Board, Chatham House and Policy Council, World Economic Forum, Geneva. He is also the Founder and Member of Board, Security and Defense Agenda. Dr. Shea is multilingual: he speaks English and French fluently and has a good knowledge of Dutch, German, and Spanish and a working knowledge in Italian.