Adjunct Professor of Practice
Michelle Ndiaye is an adjunct professor of practice at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, working on issues surrounding African security sector leadership, security cooperation, regional organizations, and national security strategies. She is currently the Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) Africa Peace and Security Programme, a joint program with the African Union Commission and the German development agency GIZ, and Head of the Tana Forum.
Her expertise covers defense, peace and security, democratic and local governance, post-conflict and community recovery, sustainable development, and environmental issues. She has also worked in the fields of transitional justice, communication for development, corporate responsibility and global reporting, institution building, and large-scale multi-donor program management.
She is an external reviewer for the African Affairs Journal (Oxford Journals), Africa Insight Journal (HRSC), and South African Journal of International Affairs. She also sits on the Programme Committee of Security and the Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and is a member of the Atlantic Dialogues Advisory Board at the Policy Center for the New South in Morocco and the boards of the Africa Center for Economic Transformation in Ghana and the Scientific Committee of the African Union Silencing the Guns Initiative.
Before joining IPSS, Ms. Ndiaye was the Managing Director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and headed several African and international organizations, including as Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship, and Founder and Manager of Africa Projects for Akena Research and Consulting. She started her career as a program officer at the African Institute for Democracy, a UNDP project based in Dakar, Senegal.
Ms. Ndiaya holds a BA in political science from Quebec University in Montreal, Canada, an MA in public law and a post-graduate degree (DEA) from University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was listed in the New African Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018 and among the 100 most influential African Women in 2019 by Avance Media.
Areas of Expertise
Peace and security, democratic and local governance, post-conflict and community recovery, sustainable development, environmental issues, transitional justice, communication for development, corporate responsibility and global reporting, institution building, large-scale multi-donor program management.
“Better Migration Management: Rethinking the Development and Mobility Paradigms”
South African Institute of International Affairs, December 2019
“The Relationship between AU and RECs/RMs in Relation to Peace and Security in Africa: Subsidiarity and Inevitable Common Destiny”
“Peace and Security in Africa: Preventing Conflict and Consolidating Peace for an Inclusive Development Trajectory”
“The South African Energy Sector Jobs: How the Energy Revolution will Create Sustainable Green Jobs”
“The CSR Landscape in Africa”
“Building Content and Capacity in Community Radio: Training, Content Development, Networking and ICTs”
“Guide on Legislation and Licensing for Community Radio in Africa”
“Community Radio in Africa: The Growing Field for Sustainable Development”
ECONEWS Africa, May 2000
“Media and Democracy in Africa”
The ACP-EU Courier, No. 170, July-August 1998
“Political Parties and Democracy in Senegal”
African Democracy, No. 12, January-March 1998
“The Political System in Niger: Interview with President Bare Maïnassara”
African Democracy, No. 11, July-September 1997
“Post-Electoral Contestation in Senegal”
African Democracy, No. 9, January-March 1997
“The Gambian Military Regime and its Electoral Legitimacy”
African Democracy, No. 7, July-September 1996
“The Co-operation between the European Union and ACP Countries in the Perspective of the Common Market”
African Democracy, No. 5, January-March 1996
States, Culture and Society in Africa
“A Human Face of Structural Adjustment in Africa: The Example of the Canadian Co-operation”
African Democracy, No. 3, July-September 1995
“The Idea of a Permanent Mechanism for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa”
African Democracy, Special Issue, May 1995
Guide on the Rights and Duties of Senegalese Citizens