Leonell Elijah Echa is a passionate peacebuilding professional with experiences and practical skills on working with vulnerable communities to support and proffer solutions to development challenges on peace and security, sexual and gender-based violence, humanitarian and rural-urban development structures. He is currently the founder of the organization. He is a counselor and a conflict psycho-social analyst. He was the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Center for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN). He coordinated the Students United Against HIV/AIDS (SUAHA) Campaign in 2008-2011. With a B.A in Theater and Communication Arts from the University of Jos, Nigeria, and with a focus on Theater For Community Development (TFCD), Leonell co-directed and co-scripted the Search for Common Ground radio drama series from 8/2011-4/2013, meant to sensitize warring local communities to manage the fault lines in their diversities-. He was Composer, Director and Actor for the Jos Repertory Theatre, Nigeria (3/2011-2013).
He has worked on many publications including but not limited to;
Theater As A Source Material For Drama: An Adaptation of Aminata Sow Fall’s “The Beggars Strike” into drama,
Terrorism and Religious Extremism in Nigeria: Impact on Peace and National Security,
Coping Mechanisms of Affected Women in the Indigene-Settler Violence in Jos North, Plateau State, Nigeria.
He holds an M.A in Peace and Development Studies, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.