Dr. Abiye M. Iruayenema is an expert sociocognitive research psychologist and strategic communications specialist. He is currently heads a mobile counselling and preventing violent extremism (PVE) initiative, which offers counselling in hard-to-reach traumatized communities in Maiduguri, Borno State. Between 2017 and 2018, over 10,000 survivors of the Boko Haram violent insurgency received psychological and psychosocial care as part of the programme.
As an experienced academic and researcher, Dr. Iruayenama created vulnerability and needs assessments tools used for a UNICEF funded rehabilitation and reintegration programme for 1,500 Children Associated with Armed Groups. He has delivered several trainings revolving around self-care for humanitarian aid workers, social and emotional learning, as well as addressing psychological trauma in conflict zones. Prominent of such trainings was being part of a team of international experts brought together by the Global Counter Terrorism Centre; Hadeyah to develop training materials to support families and youth in countering extremism. Abiye has also offered self-care and MHPSS training to psychosocial workers operating in the Northeast (of Nigeria), Iraq and Syria. He previously served as the Public Relations Officer for the UNESCO, Read and Earn Initiative and before that worked in Communications Unit in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Iruayenama has a PhD in Psychology from Brunel University London.