Biographical Information

Miguel M. Ajú was born in Angola.  Having lived outside his native country for over 17 years, his professional experience has been mostly at the international level with the United Nations, the past 10 years continuously with Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support respectively.

He has a breadth of international experience in complex conflict and post-conflict contexts with grasp knowledge of the United Nations system ranging from Africa (Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia); Europe (The Netherlands); South East Asia (Timor-Leste) and presently serving in the Americas (Haiti).

While in Kenya, he concomitantly served with the United Nations Mission in Somalia, the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (O/SESG-GL) and United Nations Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Monitoring Group (SEMG) as well was involved in the provision of operational support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

He holds a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences and is Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE, Portugal.

As a researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CEI-ISCTE), his areas of interest include: Security Dynamics, Security in the Horn of Africa Region; Peacekeeping Operations; Regional Peace Enforcement – particularly African Union led Operations; Cooperation between United Nations and African Union on Peace and Security; Diplomacy and International Politics; United Nations Reforms; African International Relations; American and European Union Foreign Policy towards Africa; Political Developments and Angolan Foreign Policy.