The Global Initiative Network


Ornella Moderan

Associate Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute

Ornella Moderan is an independent researcher and policy advisor whose work focuses on political and security dynamics in the Sahel and West Africa. Her areas of expertise include gender and violence, political transitions, electoral processes, security sector reform, and political economy of conflict and instability.

Since October 2022, Ornella joined the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute as a non-resident Associate. From 2020 to 2022, she headed the Sahel programme and Bamako office of the Institute for Security Studies. She led the borderlands peace building programme of the Danish Demining Group in the Sahel, and the Mali country programme of the Danish Refugee Council. Earlier, Ornella worked with the Geneva Center for Security Sector Reform (DCAF).

Ornella holds a Masters’ degree in International Security from Sciences-Po Paris, and a graduate degree in Criminology from the University of Grenoble. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law.



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