Chief Don Alexander JP

UNESCO Ambassador for Cote-D'Ivoire
CHIEF DON ALEXANDER.JPCHIEF DON ALEXANDER.JP Tél. :  48-20-20-26, , 22-01-15-86    10 BP 11 ABIDJAN 10 Abidjan, Zone 4C, rue Dr Blanchard                                                            E-MAIL : amb.donalexander@gmail.com donalexander@justice.com   CURRICULUM VITAE
I am an independent, self-driven, positive ,enthusiastic & dedicated professional with extensive experience . An exceptional leader who is able to develop and motivate others to achieve targets, I can demonstrate a strong ability to manage projects/ ideas from conception through to successful completion. A proactive individual with a logical approach to challenges, I perform effectively even within a highly pressurised working environment.                                                                                                            
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  Visionary Enterpreneur, Community Leader, Motivational Speaker, Mediator, Economy Observant, Government and Business  Administrator. Strategic Sustainability Consultant.   DATE OF BIRTH :  12TH OCTOBER 1960 STATE OF ORIGIN – ABIA STATE, NIGERIA MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED PROFESSION:           INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN SERVICES EDUCATION PRIMARY SCHOOL   - CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST PRIMARY SCHOOL  -  1965 – 1971        SECONDARY SCHOOL -  GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, OSBORNE ROAD, IKOYI LAGOS. 1971-1976 ADVANCE LEVEL (HSC) – METHODIST BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, LAGOS.  1976 -1978 TRAVELLED TO UK and EUROPE . 1979 -1986 UNIVERSITY - UNIVERSITY OF JOS, PLATEAU STATE.  BACHELOR  OF SCIENCE IN  AGRO ECONOMICS.  1987 – 1992. Agro-Economics. Bachelor of science in AgroEconomics.  Agricultural Economics combines the technical aspects of agriculture with the business aspects of management, marketing and finance.    NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS - 1992-1993.  
  • Certificate in Trainer of Trainers in Planning, and Management, 2006, Wageningen University of Research, Wageningen, Netherlands.
-  Certificate in International Programme in the Management of Sustainability, 2008, Sustainability Challenge Foundation, Zeist, Netherlands.      Page 2       CERTIFICATE- INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW AND NEW WEAPON WEPON TECHNOLOGIES. 34TH  ROUND TABLE ON CURRENT ISSUES OF HUMANITARIAN LAW AT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HUMANITARIAN LAW,ITALY. SEPTEMBER ,2011.
  • Achieved high credit average, with a number of distinctions
Focus:
  • Human Rights in the international context
  • Institutions and Instruments of International Law
  • Human Rights and Development
  • Social Justice and International Law Major Projects:
  • Health, Development and Human Rights Seminar, December 2011
  -   DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE ON REFUGEE LAW AT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HUMANITARIAN LAW,ITALY. NOVEMBER ,2011.- 63RD REFUGEE LAW COURSE.  
  • Achieved high credit average, maintained throughout degree
Focus:
  • Globalization and “Globalization”
  • International Relations and Global Governance
  • International Systems in Law, Politics, Sociology
  • International Political Economy and Security
  - CERTIFICATE The Berlin International Freedom of Expression Forum- - Censorship and Freedom in Traditional and New Media: The Revolution of Media as a tool of Freedom of Expression- February 28th - March 2nd, 2012. Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, Germany.  
  • CERTIFICATE OF COURSE COMPLETION : The United States Institute Of Peace – CONFLICT ANALYSIS COURSE ( EDUCATION AND TRAINING ONLINE), September,2015
  WORKING EXPERIENCE  
  • MANAGER/ ACCOUNTANT - LANIDAY GUEST HOUSE, ALAKA ESTATE  S/LERE.  1993-1994.
  • MANAGING DIRECTOR-  DAMEO INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED,IKOYI.  1994-1999.- electrical and civil  engineering contractors.
  • DIRECTOR -  ESTABLISSEMENT  PYRAMID  Ref:  0979/02   - 2002 -  Night clubs owner, and we sell ultra modern Night Club equipments.
  • PRESIDENT – LORD’S CLUB INT’L, ABIDJAN – social Networking, exclusive membership associations of common and mutual interest club.
  • DIRECTOR – SOCIETE PYRAMID  A.R.L  -  property development, estate management, buildings and contractors.
  • PRESIDENT GENERAL – NZUKO ARO-CHUKWU IN   I – community  / family meetings
 
  • GENERAL - IGBO  TRADITIONAL COUNCIL OF CHIEFS  IN C.I – titled men of the highest intergrity . the council of chiefs are titles bestowed on rare individuals by the country,or state,to become an elder statesman.
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  • DIRECTOR – (NGO) KINGS INTERNATIONAL
 
  • 1st VICE PRESIDENT-  JUJITSU (Federation Ivorienne De Jujitsu et de defense personnelle) – SELF DEFENSE(Sports Federation)
  • DIRECTOR - LORDS DIVERSIFIED NIG.LTD.- Building,electrical and civil  engineering contractors.
  • PRESIDENT - IVOIRE NOUVELLE DIMENSION (N.G.O)  2001 -2003
  • CHAIRMAN BOARD OF TRUSTEE- NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANIZATION – AUGUST 2010 – PRESENT
  • PRESIDENT - DIASPORA CEDEAO / ECOWAS DIASPORA- till date
  • VICE CHAIRMAN/SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE - INTERNATIONAL PEACE COMMISSION(AFRICAN CONTINENT)-till present.
 
  • 2000 -  ORGANIZED THE FIRST MADE IN NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR         NOVEMBER  24TH – 03RD DECEMBER  IN COTE D’IVOIRE
  • 2003 – ORGANIZED LE CONCERT 100% EMOTION  -  13 SEPTEMBER  2003  AU PALAIS DE LA CULTURE,TRIECHVILLE.- COTE D’IVOIRE
  • 2003- ORGANIZED  REVE  D’AFRIQUE   -  PALAIS DE LA CULTURE, TRIECHVILLE.  27 DECEMBER    – IN COTE D’IVOIRE
 
  • INTRONIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF COTE D’IVOIRE – SUPREME CHIEF OF THE AFRICAN DISAPORA IN C.I – 07 MARCH 2014.
  WORK EXPERIENCE- 2     International Peace Commission – 2010-present       2009-2012-, Staff Consultant (3 days work/week)- International Institute for Rural Reconstruction- Undertaking monitoring and evaluations for clients. Training consultant in Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, CMDRR, and entrepreneurship. Development of new programmes for the organization in West  Africa, Coordinating Resource Mobilization and fund raising for new themes in the institution, including Environment and climate change, CDM, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), livelihoods, WATSAN and value chain development. Support reviews, evaluations and capacity building for client organizations (National and International NGO’s, private sector and public Institutions). Support to research and contributing to writing chapters on climate change and CBNRM for a NRM Textbook for Africa supported by IDRC- Canada.   November 2008 - January 2009 (short term contract): International Union for Conservation of Nature- Consultant for Projects closure. Duties includes writing of end  project reports, development of exit strategy, supporting closing programme accounts, consultation with the donors and supervising end of project evaluations and audits.         -Page 4   May 2004 to October 2008:  Programmes Manager/Programme Officer  with IUCN- International Union for Conservation of Nature. Responsible for project development, management, monitoring, evaluation, appraisal, human resource management, finance and administration, planning and co-ordination, staff training, facilitation, advocacy and budgetary development. Part of a team that raised over 2,500,000 Euro for projects mainly in the community livelihood and conservation sector (PES, CDM and REDD). Lead in monitoring and evaluation for the organization (IUCN Global Evaluation Team member). Successfully oversaw implementation of 3 donor funded programmes. Development of CDM related projects for partners in Koibatek and Mt Kenya (part-time).     May 2003 to May 2004 (1 Year Contract):  Project Officer (NRM Manager/ Planner), with the Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF). Responsibilities included research team leadership, financial management, general administration and logistics; development of strategic partnerships and financial plans; and performance appraisal of support staff. I supported set up 4 strong Community Based Organizations to form strategic partnerships with WWF, and initiated 8 successful community development projects .Oversaw 80% of project budget. May 2001 to May 2003: Technical/Management Adviser with the European Commission funded Forest Resources Management and Conservation Programme, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Benin. Responsibilities in programme and policy development, participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and institutionalization of resource use groups, training, development of and training communities in Monitoring and evaluation methods, supervising research and networking. I facilitated the turning around to profitability of 4 ecotourism sites situated across the Republic of Benin, initiated their modernization and facilitated setting up 1 umbrella NGO for community. Feb 2000 to March 2001: (Part-time) Natural Resource Researcher and Policy evaluator  with  Ecoterra International, West  Africa Office. The position involved advocacy, research, reporting and evaluation of natural resource based policies in the West Africa Region. I was highly involved in information dissemination to conservation networks globally.     OTHER ASSIGNMENTS/ RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Jan 2001 to date: Advisor for Volunteers For  Africa (VFA) - Fundraising, programme development, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, staff recruitment, training and support, and donor liaison and reporting for VFA   Regional Office projects. Raised over USD 250,000 for VFA projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and led M&E missions. May 2006 to October 2006:  Consultant in Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Volunteers For Africa, and Ecological Data gathering. From 2005 with FRAME- Knowledge Sharing for the Natural Resource Community- (USAID Funded Programme)- Coordinator for the Community on Gender and Natural Resource Management. In March 2005 at the World Agro forestry Centre, I moderated a three weeks International E-Workshop on Land Tenure for Dry lands Development, hosted by UNDP, CAPRI, ILC, CGIAR and FRAME.  
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      IPC Special Training –                                                            2010-2011 International Peace Commission specialized Seminar- CI Focus:
  • Examining Politics of Civil Society
  • France Politics, Culture, History and Language, including legal and economic
  • International Peace building and Peacekeeping
  • Peace education
  • Development theory
 
  • Political systems, including that of the European Union and the United Nations
  • consolidation of knowledge and competences in security policies, political economy, and Latin American issues Specialization: analysis of contemporary international relations centred on process of globalization, bringing into focus its political and institutional aspects and socioeconomic and environmental consequences; enhanced knowledge of quantitative (spss) and qualitative methods; acquired competences in political philosophy
    Global Learning with the Peace Corps Project: Fundamentals, Analysis and Application of Peace Education Teaching, IPC  Institute for Peace Education, CI    
  • Project is designed to educate school-age students on peace making projects being undertaken in various troubled areas throughout the world.
  • Includes a series of interactive educational activities designed to provoke thought and discussion on the various processes involved in peace making.
  • As a member of the “Peace Corps” team of supervisors, it was our task to run the program, (which was conducted in French), guiding the students through the activities and assisting where necessary.
  • Emphasis on teaching methodology and education techniques, however understanding the peacemaking projects and the journeys of the peacemakers was also vital to our role, as was an understanding of peace journalism
    • Employment
Internship (3 months)                                                                                                   2009 Kings  International , Cote D’Ivoire
  • Gained crucial understanding how a human rights-focused NGO works in cooperation with (but often also in opposition to) governments, and the important role that NGOs play in the international system.
  • Worked in the Government Relations section on human rights issues and how they are played out in the Ivory Coast political arena.
  • This involved a variety of interactions with government and other political figures, from applying pressure in situations where human rights obligations are
 
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  not being upheld, to campaigning for support of various rights based approaches, to updating  parliament on the human rights situation in other countries, through reports, letters, briefs and other official documents
  • Also worked in the Governance section on a number of more internationally-focused projects, including research on the status of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, the state of Human Rights in Iran, etc, for use in documents, presentations, official correspondence, etc
  • Structures, processes of political decision-making in multi-level governance systems involving political, economic, and social actors on local, regional, national, and international level; regulation of public policies, democratization, European policy, and security/peacekeeping policy; recourse to theoretical perspectives and methods.
  KINGS Foundation  Exchange – Internship with ASK Program                                       2010 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (2 months)   ASK program: (Schools, Dabou)
  • HIV/AIDS awareness and education program conducted in schools,
  • Gave presentations on HIV/AIDS to raise awareness amongst young people about the disease, how it is spread, how to combat it, and how to combat the stigma suffered by people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Gave me an insight into cultural issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health in Côte d’Ivoire
Kings Foundation: (Centre Integré Amepouh, Yopougon, Abidjan).
  • NGO and shelter for HIV positive women and their children who have been ousted from their communities.
  • Worked with the OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children)
  • Worked on a website to help promote the centre.
  • Gained an understanding of the challenges faced by NGOs on the ground in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular the problems of funding, and working to combat stigma in the community. Also examined specific challenges that women living with HIV face on a daily basis.
  • Gained knowledge as to workings of such funding schemes as PEPFAR.
  International Peace Commission – 2010-present
  • Title: Vice Chairman(African Continent)
 
  • Major Responsibilities:
  Supervise and oversee the overall  functioning of the IPC African Continent, as assigned by the World Chairman  and the Supreme Council. Installing country presidents in all the 53 African Countries, Provide technical guidance and direction to the IPC African Continent members/ staffs  for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of IPC's yearly plans of action.  Prepare periodical progress reports to the World Chairman  and the Supreme Council in Washington DC, on the implementation   of IPC's strategic plan.  Identify and establish effective collaborative partnerships between Governmental and non-governmental organizations with a view of World Peace and prosperity in Africa and other related issues on national agendas.  Ensure    
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  coordinated activities related to the follow up to relevant International conventions and treaties.  Represent  IPC in high level meetings with government officials as well as multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, to advocate and promote Human Rights, Social Development, Education, NGO Networking, Environment, Youth, Health, International Campaign against Aids, Women Empowerment, Media, Democratization, Humanitarian Aid, Disaster Management, Peace Keeping Disarmament and sustainability through development and support of civil society initiatives and goals ,BEING THE IPC main goal, and recommended policies that are based on research evidence and national dialogue.as Peace, stability and security are essential to achieving the  United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, and maternal and child death by 2015.   Oversee the preparation and implementation of policy advocacy plans to ensure better understanding and awareness by government institutions, civil society and the private sector with regard to emerging IPC related issues.  Foster on-going partnerships and collaboration with bilateral donors, multi-lateral organizations, and the private sector to mobilize resources for IPC programmes.  Oversea preparation of analytical studies and reports on African Peace  related issues.  Provide guidance and support to IPC’s  staff and to members of national committees to develp effective MDG sensitive policies and procedures in addition to quality standards and regulations.  Oversea IPC's monitoring and evaluation internal system.   L’Association des Chefs Coutumiers et Notable de Côte d’Ivoire (ACCONOCI – 2014-present
  • Title: SUPREME CHIEF OF DIASPORA AFRICA IN C.I
  Supervise and oversee the overall  functioning of different chieftaincy associations in Cote D’Ivoire. Organize programmes an peace,culture and tradition of which all chiefs of all classes either by inheritance,appointed or nominated, within the territory of Cote D’Ivoire must strictly enhance to. As the head of all chiefs, i work directly with the Government of Cote D’Ivoire, to promote the African cultural and traditional aspects of our everyday lives and those of our ancient fathers. I ensure that  peace and co-exisitence is imbibed within the society. We teach our people and children the importance of our native languages, dressings, foods and cultural ways of lives. We work with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of African Intergration as well as the internal affairs ministry at all times. We bring together all foreigners living in Cote D’Ivoire for foreign interactions and cultural exchanges  and more importantly, promoting our diversified and foreign visitations. We act as  guarantors of the land and people.   Core Professional Skills                                                                                                                                             
  • Cross-cultural communication and negotiation
  • High level expertise in problem solving, research, critical analysis, and evaluation
  • Accomplished presentation techniques
  • Language proficiency
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  • Intellectual flexibility and superior interpersonal skills
 
  • Conflict resolution
  • In-depth understanding of contemporary global issues
  • Adaptability, responsibility, assertiveness
  Achievements  
  • Had been part of the international observers to the presidential and general elections in Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroun respectively. Also was handy throughout the political
war/crisis in Cote D'Ivore between 1992-2011. Assissted/helped the displaced civilians, gave foods and medicines to the war  victims and also treated the internally displaced people.
  • initiated and implemented polio treatments in several villages in the north, created an advertized and open public awareness on HIV/AIDS programmes in various cities: joined in the processus of National reconciliations and peace programmes in Cote D’Ivoire
  Field of Work
  • Professional, managerial & technical specialists for which no job family exists.
  Description of Duties
  • humanitarian works and community leadership programmes.helping the civil populations.
     Researches   Essays for the DESU :  -    Georgia, how to rebuild a nation after the Russian domination.
  • Afghanistan's reconstruction
Essay for the DEA :   - The non interference principle face to reality: the Cote D’Ivoire  war - The IDP’S And the Afflicted REFUGEES Trapped between the  Ivory Coast and Ghana borders
  • 2012-Actual ..Title: Ethnic differences in maternal and child health: A comparative analysis between Cote D’Ivoire (ABCD-Study) and Nigeria (Abia State)
  - The International Court of Justice and humanitarian law   HOBBIES
  • TEAKWANDO, JUJITSU, CYCLING, JOGGING, SWIMMING, GOLF, TENNIS
  • SPECIAL INTEREST IN READING AND DOCUMENTARIES, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS; HISTORY & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
    • Referees
    • Professional and academic contact details, as well as written references, available on request.