Elizabeth Donnelly

Deputy Director, Africa Programme


Lizzy focuses on African political economies - in particular Nigeria's, political systems and elections, and governance and accountability, as well as the international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. She has given briefings in Europe, Africa and the US, including to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Parliament.

She served as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons International Development Committee in 2016. She has observed elections with the National Democratic Institute in Nigeria (2015) and Liberia (2017), as well as with the Commonwealth in Nigeria in 2019.

In addition to her research, Lizzy's responsibilities for the Africa Programme include fundraising, project design and delivery, team development and management, external relations management, quality control, and editing and outreach.

Past experience

2016 - Deputy Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2013-16      Assistant Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2008-13 Programme Manager, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2007-08 Programme Coordinator, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2006-07 Programme Administrator, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2004-05 School of Oriental and African Studies, MSc International Politics

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