Consulting Fellow, Africa Programme
Ben Shepherd

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Ben is a leading specialist on African politics and conflict, policy formulation and applied analysis. He has a broad range of experience across West and Central Africa, with a particular focus on the DRC and wider Great Lakes region.

He has significant direct experience of bridging the gap between cutting-edge academic insight and real-world, practical policy advice, notably as the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) specialist on Central Africa and African conflict (2004-2011).

He was a Research Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics (2009-10) and has degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Bristol.

Areas of expertise

  • Politics of the Great Lakes region
  • African conflict
  • UK policy on Africa
  • Francophone Africa (Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon)
  • State-building and post-conflict policy 

Past experience

2011Great Lakes Course Director, Rift Valley Institute
2004 - 2011Senior Research Analyst, Africa Research Group, FCO
2009 - 2010David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow in International Relations, LSE
2002 - 2004Researcher and Coordinator, All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region, UK Parliament