NDUGWA HASSAN holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences attained from Makerere University Kampala where he majored in Political Science and Public Administration. He’s currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in Local Governance and Human Rights at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi .
Hassan is a Programs Director at Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum an organization he co-founded in 2011 after surviving the 2010 FIFA world cup bombings in Kampala Uganda.
He heads the programs department and his duties range from developing and conceptualizing ideas around CVE, implementation of CVE program activities, representing the organization in CVE and other peace related workshops and conferences to providing strategic direction through developing innovative approaches to preventing violent extremism in Uganda and East Africa. Hassan has been at the helm of running the organization’s Community Change Agents’ Program for East and Horn of Africa, East African Regional Imam Exchange learning program, Teachers’ for peace program, providing positive alternatives to youth at risk of recruitment in Uganda, amplifying victims of terrorism voices to de-legitimize the extremist ideology , skills enhancement program for Imams among others.
Hassan has co authored a series of working papers on the role o social media in CVE, Extremism, a continuing threat to Africa’s Development, Turning Mosques as centers of Development, the role of Civil Society in CVE and related articles in local tabloids.
His mission is to contribute positively towards his community by involving himself and his peers in processes leading to a tolerant and peaceful society. He’s been deeply involved in initiatives to fight violent extremism, and radicalization of the youth and has been listening and learning on the extent, and causal factors of violent extremism in East Africa, so as to determine the best practices to save the region from the continuing scourge.
Hassan is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and is also among the 10 global advocates selected by the Koffi Anan Foundation and One Young World to counter violent extremism in the world through their “Extremely Together” initiative. Hassan is also one of the pioneer members of the Generation Change Global Fellows program implemented by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).
Hassan has contributed to the global counter terrorism agenda through participating in various global CVE meetings and conferences organized by global and continental bodies like the UN,AU, IGAD, Global Counter Terrorism Forum among others.