About Us

The African Youth Security Network was started by two Ghanaian youths with an academic and personal interest in African security. We saw that there was a gap in security discourse where the youth perspective was often overlooked, with policy and opinions being imposed rather than included. We hope to build a community where young security academics, professionals, and enthusiasts within the African continent can connect and collaborate.


Meet The Team


Leonie Mills


Leonie is an experienced communicator and project coordinator with an academic passion for International Security. 

She has a master's degree in Security, Leadership and Society from King's College London, focusing on Africa and other emerging economies. She also completed an Early Career Women's Fellowship in Peace, Security and Development at the African Leadership Centre. 

Leonie is a multi-hyphenate but her passion to help marginalised and underrepresented groups is a common thread in all she does. She wishes to combine her creative flair, academic interests and entrepreneurial spirit to positively impact whatever community she finds herself in.

AYSN came out of a need to truly include young people on the African continent, give them a voice on security issues, develop their own critical thinking and network with like-minded people.