Sabastiano RWENGABO, PhD, is a Research Fellow at ACODE, where he heads a team of researchers addressing mechanisms for Resolving both Intra-State and Inter-State Conflicts Arising From Oil and Gas Developments in the Albertine Rift Valley, giving the analysis of oil politics in the region both a national and international dimension. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the iconic National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Department of Political Science. A researcher & trainer in International Security, Regionalism, Civil-Military Relations, and Strategic Governance, Dr Rwengabo has great research experience and has attended many international conferences in these issues. He also holds a Master of Arts (Public Administration & Management) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons: Political Science & Sociology.) from Makerere University, Uganda. He undertook governance training as a Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA)’s Democratic Governance Institutes, 2008 (on Religions and Religiosities in African Governance) and 2009 (on Privatisation of Security and Democratic Governance in Africa).
Before embarking on a study of Security Mechanisms with the Santiago de Chile-based Global Consortium on Security Transformation, which covered informal security systems in Kampala’s slum areas, Dr. Rwengabo Coordinated the Africa Young Researchers’ Network on Religion and Governance in Africa, under the TrustAfrica-funded Project on “Religion and Democratisation Processes in Africa”, 2008-2010. The project covered Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr. Rwengabo was selected by Asia-Pacific Youth Internet Governance Forum to attend the Internet Governance Forum (iGF) at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), under the auspices of the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) based at Nanyang Technological University, 2011.
Dr Rwengabo’s eexperience in Leadership and Team building; Supervision; Operations Management; Resources Management; Conflicts Management; Multi-stakeholder Engagement; Public Relations; and Accountability was acquired during his several years of engagement in elections management with Uganda’s Electoral Commission, 2006-2010. He has, over the years, researched and published on the broad areas of Civil-Military Relations, International Security, Regionalism; Governance, and Urban Security; and the changing East African Community (EAC) on which he wrote a PhD thesis on Regional Security Cooperation in the East African Community. Dr Rwengabo now coordinates a nascent leadership mentorship program at Inspire International under the Inspire Institute on Strategic Transformation’s leadership development program. Before returning to Uganda, Dr Rwengabo taught in NUS’s Department of Political Science, where he had been a President’s Graduate Fellow, and won an excellent teaching Award in 2014-2015.