Luniya Msuku was Director of RUSI Nairobi from July 2019 to August 2022. In Nairobi, Luniya was involved in several countering violent extremism programmes in Kenya with a focus on project management and business development. Her research interests include counterterrorism, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the Sahel.
She has previously worked in counterterrorism research for US government clients with a focus on the West African countries of Mali and Niger; led research on grievances, illicit resource extraction for US democracy and peacebuilding initiatives in the Sahel to include northeast Niger, southwest Libya and southern Algeria; led trainings in non-violent conflict management for African peacekeepers in Rwanda and led the integrity unit of a refugee resettlement organisation based in Nairobi and operating in over 40 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Luniya holds a BA in Global and International Studies and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA in International Policy Studies with a focus on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.