Michelle Ndiaye

Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP) / Head of Secretariat, Tana Forum

Michelle Ndiaye is currently the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), a joint programme with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the German Cooperation (GIZ), and also Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat.

Her expertise covers defense and security, 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, and large-scale multi-donor programme management.

She is an external reviewer for the African Affairs Journal, Africa Insight Journal, and the South African Journal of International Affairs.

Ms. Ndiaye 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; she is also a board member of the Atlantic Dialogues Advisory Board (AD-AB) at the Policy Center for the New South, Morocco and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) based in Accra, Ghana. 

Michelle Ndiaye is an adjunct faculty member at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, working on issues surrounding African security sector leadership, security cooperation and national security strategies.

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. Ndiaye 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.


“Better Migration Management: Rethinking the Development and Mobility Paradigms!” Paper to be published as a book chapter; Global Migration Movements, GIZ, May 2019. (In English).

“The Relationship between AU and RECs/RMs in Relation to Peace and Security in Africa: Subsidiarity and Inevitable Common Destiny”. Published as a book chapter in January 2016 by Africa Now Zed Books. (In English).

“Between Multidimensionality and Integration: The Feasibility of an African Model of Peace Operations”. Lead paper presented at the 13th APSTA Conference and Annual General Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 7-9 September 2015.(In English).

“Peace and Security in Africa: Preventing Conflict and Consolidating Peace for an Inclusive Development Trajectory”. Third India-Africa Strategic Dialogue, New Delhi, India; 3-4 March 2015 published under the title "India-Africa: Building Synergies in Peace, Security and Development" by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, India. (In English).

“The Role of UNDP in Supporting Democratic Elections in Africa”. UNDP, 2013. Consultant and co-author. (In English).

“The South African Energy Sector Jobs: How the Energy Revolution will Create Sustainable Green Jobs”. Greenpeace Africa, 2010. Editorial supervision. (In English).

The Issue, quarterly magazine, Greenpeace Africa. Editorial supervision, 2009-2011. (In English).

“The CSR Landscape in Africa”. Research paper released in January 2009 by the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship. (In English).

“Building Content and Capacity in Community Radio: Training, Content Development, Networking and ICTs”, Amarc Africa, 2004. (In English).

“Guide on Legislation and Licensing for Community Radio in Africa”, ed. Amarc Africa, 2003. (In English).

“Community Radio in Africa: The Growing Field for Sustainable Development”. Paper presented at the AIC worldwide conference Broadcasting Africa 99 in Johannesburg, October 1999 and published in the Review ECONEWS Africa, May 2000. (In English).

Habari, quarterly review (policy and advocacy), Amarc Africa, Editor, 1999-2006. (In English).

“Media and Democracy in Africa”. The ACP-EU courier, No 170, July - August 1998. (In English and French).

“Political Parties and Democracy in Senegal”. African Democracy, No 12, January - March 1998.(‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

“The Political System in Niger: Interview with President Bare Maïnassara”. African Democracy, No 11, July - September 1997. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

“Post-Electoral Contestation in Senegal”. African Democracy, No 9, January - March 1997. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

“The Gambian Military Regime and its Electoral Legitimacy”. African Democracy, No 7, July - September 1996. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

“The Co-operation between the European Union and ACP Countries in the Perspective of the Common Market”. African Democracy, No 5, January - March 1996. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

States, Culture and Society in Africa. Ed. African Democracy, 1996. (Assistant Editor). (In English and French).

“A Human Face of Structural Adjustment in Africa: The Example of the Canadian Co-operation”. African Democracy, No 3, July - September 1995. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

“The Idea of a Permanent Mechanism for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa”. African Democracy, special issue, May 1995. (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).

Guide on the rights and duties of Senegalese citizens. Ed. African democracy, 1995. (CA collective publication). (‘’Democraties Africaines’’ – In French).