Liberian Diplomat Participates in High-level Leadership Training in Geneva


Abuja, Nigeria – The Counselor for Political Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde J. Spencer, has successfully completed a five-day intensive training held in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, the Liberian diplomat joined about 25 other participants from 20 countries, who participated in the high-level leadership cross-cultural training under the theme “Enhancing Leadership for Peace-building.”

The training took place from November 13-17, 2017. Other diplomats, security experts, political scientists, officials of the United Nations, Danish Rescue Mission, European Union, and the Swiss Government, among others attended the training, according to the release.

Jointly organized by the Geneva Center for Peace Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Graduate Institute, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the Swiss Government, the training helped the participants to review their own leadership roles, discussed past challenges, and how to deal with those challenges in a peaceful manner.

“We also discussed the role of the United Nations in time of crises and how the UN has impacted the international community over the last 20 years”, Mr. Spencer recounted.

“The training was very practical and interactive. Above it all, it was very rewarding and I will encourage anyone to take full advantage of it whenever it is held again,” the Liberian diplomat explained.

The release added that the participants were given the opportunity to analyse their personal leadership preferences, and styles, especially in a cross-culture environment.

Participants bore the full cost of travelling, accommodation and feeding during the training, the release concludes.

Mr. Spencer joined the Foreign Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010, and was posted to the Liberia Embassy and Permanent Mission to the Africa Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011 as a Counsellor. In 2013 he was transferred to the Embassy in Abuja where he currently serves as Counsellor for Political Affairs.

During a brief conversation with the Counsellor for Political Affairs, he said that these trainings are very relevant to contemporary leadership, because it emphasized on Conflict Resolutions and Leadership for peace-building, which is very crucial in our society today. He also participated in similar training, organized by the UNITAR in 2012 in Addis Ababa

He is the founder and proprietor of the Diversified Skills Training Academy, a school ranging from prek-12 with about 200 students currently enrolled in the Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville, Liberia. The school also provides vocational education.