Prof. Francis is a member of the Board of trustees and joined the ACODE board in 2015. He is currently the Head of Department of Peace Studies; Director of JEFCAS and Commissioner of the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Prof. Francis has served as Principal Project Lead / Interim Vice Chancellor of the UNESCO-Affiliated African Peace University project in the West African state of Sierra Leone. He holds a PhD. in International Relations - 1995-1998 Department of Politics, University of Southampton, UK, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History (Second Class Upper Division) -1989-1993 Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Diploma in Human Rights - 1994 Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden and Diploma in Law, Development and Social Justice – 1995 Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.