Colonel Festus Aboagye (Retired) serves on the Save the Children International Civil-Military Advisory Board (1 Dec 2017). He is an Adjunct Member of the Centre for Democratic Transitions Ghana (CDT-GH) (Nov 2017). He recently served as DDR Advisor to Republic of South Sudan DDR Commission, UNDP, Juba, South Sudan, from 19 Dec 19 – 31 Mar 20. He is awaiting membership of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW).
He currently consults for and facilitates training courses at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), and the African Union Commission, on conflict prevention and management.
He was Chief Executive Officer of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) Secretariat (Nairobi, Kenya, 2013-17). He previously served as Head of the Training for Peace Programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa, form 2004, and as senior research fellow in the same programme up to December 2012.
Colonel Aboagye (Retired) served with the African Union (AU) as Consultant / Panel Member for the development of the Policy Framework for the African Standby Force (ASF) (Mar 2003 – Mar 2004), and later as Senior Military Advisor to the Head of the African Mission in Burundi (AMIB). From August 2000 to May 2002, he also served with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) as Senior Military Expert for the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict and peace process.
Colonel Aboagye (Retired) was educated at the Ghana Military Academy, Teshie (1973); the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun (1974-75); the US Army Infantry School, Fort Bening (1985); Ghana Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Teshie (1986-87); and the British Army Staff College, Camberley (1988).
He served in the Ghana Army in a number of positions and units from 1975-2003. His parent Unit was 2 Infantry Battalion and his last post was Commanding Officer of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA). He is a product of Prempeh College, Kumasi.
He is a veteran of several UN peace operations in the Middle East and Asia, and also commanded a Ghana Battalion in the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia from 1997-98.
Besides several other articles, papers and book chapters on regional and international conflicts, he is the author of:
- Ghana Voter Registration 2020: Dynamics and Risks of Political Contestation in an Emerging Democracy, Accra: DigiBooks, 2020.
- Indigenous African Warfare, Its Concept and Art in the Gold Coast, Asante and the Northern Territories up to Early 1900s (reprint). Accra: UAR 2016.
- ECOMOG, A Sub-Regional Experience in Conflict Prevention, Management and Peacekeeping in Liberia (second edition). Accra: UAR, 2018.
- The Ghana Army, A Concise Contemporary Guide to its Regimental Centennial History (1897-1999). Accra: Sedco, 1999.
He is currently working on a Revised History of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Col Festus Aboagye (Rtd) is a product of Prempeh College, Kumasi.
Focus Area(s): Peacekeeping, Conflict Management, Manual Design, Indigenous Military History
Organisational Focus: AU / OAU / ECOWAS
Hobbies: DIY, Writing