Eboe Hutchful is Professor of Africana Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He has taught at several other universities in Africa and North America, including the University of Toronto, Trent and Waterloo Universities in Ontario, Canada, the University of Ghana and the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is a long-time researcher on civil-military relations, security sector reform, and international development issues and author among other works of Ghana's Adjustment Experience: The Paradox of Reform (James Currey, 2002), co-editor (with Wuyi Omitoogun) of Budgeting for the Military Sector in Africa: the Processes and Mechanisms of Control (Oxford University Press, 2006), and co-editor (with Abdoulaye Bathily) of The Military and Militarism in Africa (Codesria Books, 1998). He is presently Project Leader for the ASSN Research Network on 'Hybrid Security Governance in Africa', funded by the IDRC and most recently a contributor to the report 'Providing Security in Times of Uncertainty: Opting for a Mosaic Security System', issued by the 'Global Reflection Group on the Monopoly of the Use of Force 2.0', sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Dr. Hutchful has combined his academic career with policy advocacy, expert outreach and high-level training and capacity-building on Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSR/G) issues, and is an internationally recognized African voice in the development of the global policy discourse, both in his personal capacity and in the context of his NGO work. As co-foudner, first Chair and Executive Secretary of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), he has been responsible for managing a pan-African network of senior SSR experts and forging a high-level technical partnership between the ASSN and the AU, UN, and the EU to build the African Union's SSR capabilities. In that role he was responsible for orchestrating the drafting of the African Union's SSR Policy Framework (AU SSR-PF) and the accompanying Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs). He remains a principal SSR advisor to and collaborator with the African Union.
Dr. Hutchful was until recently a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM), the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). He has been a member at various times of the UN International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC); the UN SSR Expert Roster; the Advisory Group of the UK Government's Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR); the Governing Board of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation; and the Critical Review Panel that oversaw the development of the OECD/DAC Handbook on Security System Reform: Supporting Security and Justice (2007); and finally a key resource person in the development of the 'Civil-Military Relations and Democracy' series of the Global Coalition for Africa; and the 'Senior Leader Seminar' and "Next Generation of African Military Leaders Program' of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), based at the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC.