Wilson Center Experts
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, Defense Economics and Resource Management, and Conflict Management. From 2000 to 2003, she served as Professor of Civil Military Relations at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
From 1997 to 2000, Monde worked as Director of Research and then Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Summit on Africa. In these capacities, she was responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s programs, research, and publications aimed at enhancing U.S.-Africa relations. Her work at the Summit culminated in a national summit on Africa, attended by President Clinton and more than 8000 people. The Summit resulted in the development and publication of The National Policy Plan of Action for US-Africa Relations in the 21st Century, a set of recommendations for improving and strengthening US-Africa relations
From 1996-1997, Monde worked as Director of International Education Programs at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Monde possesses an extensive background in African studies and in U.S.-Africa relations. Over the years, she has served as a consultant on African governance, security, development, and culture; and participated in and contributed to a number of Africa-related programs including serving on the editorial review board of the Countering Terrorism Exchange Journal, and the editorial board of African Security. She also previously served on the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Monde has also worked as a development and gender consultant, and has worked on a wide range of development projects in southern Africa in the areas of education, housing, health, and nutrition. She has co-authored, with Margaret Vogt, a publication for the International Peace Academy titled An Assessment of the Organization of African Unity’s Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution.
Monde holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Zambia. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wingate Scholar, and the University of Zambia Valedictory Speaker for her graduation class.