David Esinu Yao Normanyo

Regional Executive Secretary

David is a senior public servant with 24 years of progressive leadership across multiple career fields, including Law Enforcement (Ghana Police Service), International Peacekeeping (United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur {UNAMID}) and Conflict Resolution and Genocide, and Mass Atrocity Prevention (Ghana’s National Peace Council). He has managed over 120 people and about $ 5 million assets, including buildings, vehicles and weaponry. David possesses research and analytical skills to identify knowledge gaps in multiple fields, including national infrastructures for peace, third-party conflict intervention, security management and law enforcement and proven leadership in innovative programme and training design, delivery, and coordination to address the identified gaps.

During his police career, David led a team of three officers to manage the Accra Regional Police Armoury (weapon store) for two years. David spent the rest of his police career with the Criminal Investigations Department. He conducted and directed investigations of over 800 criminal cases of many kinds, supervised, mentored and inspired over 90 subordinates and seniors alike on criminal investigation. On 15th January 2019, the media in Ghana published David’s work as a detective in 2012:”NAM1 Defrauded 53 People In 2012; Court Case Died – Retired Cop Reveals”. 

During his one-year peacekeeping mission with the UNAMID, David coordinated the Investigations Unit at the Mershing Community Protection Center (CPC). His team of multi-national United Nations Police Advisors monitored and mentored the Government of Sudan Local Police and Movement Police at Mershing on conducting criminal investigations devoid of human rights violations and advised the Mission leadership on security conditions for returning Internally Displaced Persons among other responsibilities. David also worked at the operations unit (UNAMID Police Radio Room) at the Mission Headquarters in Al-Fashir.

Currently, David leads a peacebuilding technical team, advising the Volta Regional Peace Council to address over 12 communal conflicts and build sustainable peace in Ghana’s Volta and Oti Regions. He has designed general peacebuilding training programmes and context-specific programmes such as preventing political violence and violent extremism along the Ghana-Togo border and coordinated training of over Eight hundred people on these topics. David has also provided technical advice on designing and implementing community dialogue on “building an inclusive nation (Ghana)” involving over Five hundred people in eighteen communities in the Volta and Oti Regions.


David represents the National Peace Council and the Government of Ghana on the over 54-Country Global Network of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Focal Points. He made presentations during the Network’s annual meetings in Gaborone, Madrid, Seoul, Doha, Helsinki and Brussels. He has since 2019, served on a 5-Country Steering Group of the Global Network.


David studied for a PhD in International Conflict Management and a Master of Arts degree in Conflict, Peace and Security at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Geography & Resource Development from the University of Ghana and a Diploma in Private Investigation from the Detective Training Institute (DTI) in the United States. He is a 2013 Defence Diplomacy Scholar of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; a 2016 Rotary International Peace Fellow of the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a 2017 Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace in Australia and a 2018 Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellow of the Hague Academy for Local Governance, Netherlands.

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