Hannah Forster is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), a pan-African human rights NGO based in Banjul, The Gambia.
Hannah is a human rights, governance, gender and conflict transformation expert and has engaged with the African and International Human Rights Systems and Mechanisms for over three decades. As a trained mediator, she has designed and implemented projects on women, youth, peace and security, especially for civil society, particularly on UNSCR 1325 (Women, Peace, and Security) and 2250 (Youth, Peace and Security). She possesses varied experience in community mediation and election observation mediation. Her human rights and gender activism within civil society spanned the same period. She is a member of the Working Group on Women, Youth, Peace and Security in West Africa coordinated by the UNOWAS, and the Women's Forum on Peace and Security in Guinea Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia.
A graduate from the University of Ghana, Legon; Loughborough Technical College and Loughborough University in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, as well as from the Scuola Superieur Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. She holds a MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management.