Africa Experts

Former Foreign Service Officer and US Ambassador to Ivory Coast
Retired State Department South Asia Specialist and U.S. Ambassador to The Ivory Coast 
Independent Journalist
Ms. Lief is a journalist and media educator. From 1998 to 2012 she was the deputy director of the International Reporting Project (IRP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She designed and directed programs and launched initiatives to engage reporters and editors in a wide range of issues, and to explore how technological change impacts international newsgathe...
Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.
STEVE MCDONALD, now serving as a Public Policy Scholar (PPS) at the Center, began his association with the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2002 when he was hired as a consultant to help administer a post-conflict reconciliation project in Burundi.  In remained in that capacity, expanding that work to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, until 2008.  At that time, McDonald was asked...
International consultant on petroleum and minerals policies and taxation, and former senior adviser at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Program Officer, Ghana Center for Democratic Development
Former Senior US Diplomat and Specialist in South Asia and West Africa. Ambassador to Pakistan (1998-2001); Ambassador to Bangladesh (1990-93); Chief of Mission in Liberia (1995-98); Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development (1985-90)
William B. Milam is a Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Although his research and publications while at the Wilson Center have concentrated on South Asia, his current research focuses on Liberia and the efforts of this former failed state to balance political and economic reconstruction with justice and reconciliation.Before joining the Wilson Center, he was a...
Conflict and Reconciliation Officer, SFCG
Monde Muyangwa currently serves as the Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.Prior to this, she served as Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies from 2002 to 2013. In this capacity, she oversaw all curriculum and programs for the Africa Center, including in the areas of Security Studies, Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Threats, Civil-Military Relations,...
Research Officer, Ghana Center for Democratic Development
Freelance Journalist
As an independent journalist for the last 15 years, Palmer has reported almost exclusively on climate change, the environment, and business sustainability since 2008. Her work has appeared in publications such as Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Yale E360, The Yale Forum, Scientific American, and The New York Times, among many others. She is a professional member of the So...

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