The Honorable Robert P. Jackson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs
Department of State
The Honorable Earl Gast
Assistant Administrator For African Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development
Ms. Alice Friend
Principal Director For African Affairs
Department of Defense
Ms. Lantana Abdullahi
Search for Common Ground
Lantana Abdullahi is a Nigerian peace-builder, trainer, mediator and women’s activist who has worked with Search for Common Ground as a Project Manager in northern Nigeria since 2010. Lantana’s SFCG portfolio includes interfaith violence prevention and community reconciliation programs in Plateau State and working to bring together civil society groups, with the government and security forces to document and prevent human rights abuses in the North-Central and North-East regions. SFCG has worked extensively with Christian and Muslim teen-age girls, to raise their voices, reduce the risk of violence, and inspire the next generation of Nigerian leadership. In response to the Chibok abductions, Lantana’s team has been working with Muslim and Christian teen-age girls to speak out and take action in favor of peace through a series of popular radio programs.
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