Ornella Moderan is a political and security analyst working in the Sahel and West Africa. She has over 12 years of experience as a researcher and programming practitioner in the fields of gender equality and inclusive governance; security sector reform and accountability; political transitions, elections and democratic processes; and peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance. This includes leading the Institute for Security Studies' Sahel programme for two years (2020-22), and the crossborder peacebuilding work of the Danish Demining Group (DDG) before that (2018-2019).
A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, where she studied international security, Ornella also holds a degree in criminology from the University of Grenoble Law School. In 2022, she became a Stanford University fellow on democracy, development and the rule of law. Ornella joined the KPSRL Advisory Council in June 2020. She brings in-depth expertise on Sahel governance and security issues, as well as thematic specialisation on gender equality and social justice.