Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann

Associate Fellow, Africa Programme

Biography

Dr Hoffmann is an associate fellow of the Africa Programme and the Nigeria country lead for the Africa Programme’s Social Norms and Accountable Governance Project (SNAG).

She is also a technical advisor on food security and agricultural policy to the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and a member of the International Advisory Board of SOS SAHEL.

Her research focuses on corruption, Nigeria’s politics, security and trade. She is currently involved in researching socially shared beliefs, expectations and informal institutions driving governance challenges in Nigeria and the wider West Africa context.

Leena has worked as an investigator for Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Commission and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

She received her doctorate in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, MA in International Relations from the University of Lancaster and BSc. in Sociology from the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Past experience

2018 - present Nigeria country lead – Chatham House Africa Programme’s Social Norms and Accountable Governance Project (SNAG)
2016 - present Technical adviser to the Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) Oaugadougou
2015 - present Associate fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2015-17 Research consultant, Sahel and West África Club Secretariat, WAF Programme 2015-16, Paris
2013-15 Marie Curie research fellow, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg
2013 ERANDA junior research fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2005-07 Postgraduate teaching assistant, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham
2001-03 Assistant superintendent of investigation, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigeria

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