Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola is a senior program officer with the curriculum and training design team of the Institute’s Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. Ebenezer-Abiola specializes in curriculum development and training design and facilitation.
Ebenezer-Abiola works with the Institute’s youth team to implement the Generation Change Fellows Program (GCFP). GCFP is a program dedicated to empowering emerging civic leaders across the world. The goal of the program is to increase participants’ ability to create effective, lasting social change in their communities. The objectives are to develop participants’ leadership and conflict management skills and to create a sustainable, dynamic network of peers to support their work.
Ebenezer-Abiola also works with the curriculum and training design team to implement the Kenyan Border Police Unit Conflict Management Training Program. The program is aimed at increasing the capacity of the Border Police Unit to manage conflicts nonviolently and to effectively partner with communities along the Kenya-Somalia border to interdict terrorist suspects and to reduce drivers of violent extremism in northeast Kenya.
Ebenezer-Abiola came to the Institute from the field of behavior change as a communication specialist with over 10 years of experience. She worked with ARDA Development Communication Inc. (formerly African Radio Drama Association) as a project coordinator. In the course of her career in the field of social and behavior change communication, she designed, implemented and managed over a dozen development programs in Nigeria. She also wrote, produced and directed several radio programs, short films and documentaries on various social and development issues including peacebuilding, conflict resolution, reconciliation and reintegration. She is an internationally acclaimed leadership and peacebuilding trainer, having conducted trainings in multiple countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North and South America.
Ebenezer-Abiola holds a master’s in peace and conflict studies from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.