Ornella Moderan

Ornella Moderan

Head of Sahel Programme
Biography

Currently leading ISS's Sahel programme, covering Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso from pour office in Bamako.

Previously led DRC's programming in Mali and DDG's work in the Sahel. Over 10 years of experience working on peacebuilding, security sector governance and democratic processes in West Africa and beyond, & humanitarian assistance in an on-going crisis context.

I would best describe myself as an inclusive human security specialist, and a passionate gender-equality advocate. With active participation, local ownership and systematic broad inclusion as the guiding principles in both my programming work and leadership style, I strive to consistently promote the search for locally-driven solutions to crisis and dysfuncional systems.

Over the years, I have gained extensive experience delivering governance and election training, analysis and other forms of expertise in Africa as a consultant for various regional and international organisations, including the African Union.

I hold a master's degree in International security, from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po, 2010), and a graduate certificate in Criminology from the Faculty of Law of the University of Grenoble, France (2017). Furthermore, I earned my Bachelor degree in Modern Literature and Philosophy from the University of Paris 3 Pantheon Sorbonne (2008), and studied election administration at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon.

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