Michelle Ndiaye

Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme


Ms. Ndiaye is the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (a joint programme with the African Union Commission) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat.

She has worked on a variety of projects with local and international organizations and brings on-board a wealth of inter-disciplinary experience in the field of peace and security, democratic and local governance, post-conflict and community recovery, sustainable development and environmental issues, transitional justice, communication for development and research. She has an extensive political and administrative managerial background and experience in institution building and large- scale multi-donor programme management.

Before joining IPSS, she was the Managing Director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). Prior to joining MINDS, between 1999 and 2011, she consecutively headed several African and international organizations as Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), Founder and Manager of Africa Projects for Akena Research and Consulting.

Michelle started her career in 1995 as program officer at the African Institute for Democracy (IAD), a UNDP project based in Dakar, Senegal that promotes democracy and governance in Africa and particularly in 15 West African Countries.
Michelle is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies of the US National Defense University (NDU).