Deputy Head, Africa Programme
Elizabeth Donnelly

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Elizabeth Donnelly is deputy head of the Chatham House Africa Programme. Lizzy has published widely, particularly on Nigeria, and is a regular commentator in the media.

She has given briefings in Europe, Africa and the US, including to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Parliament.

In addition to her research, Lizzy has oversight responsibilities for the Africa Programme including fundraising, project management, editing and outreach.

She is a regular visitor to Africa. She holds a master’s degree in international politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a first class bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Bristol.

She has lived in Zambia, Ethiopia, Thailand and Japan.

Areas of expertise

  • Nigerian politics and current affairs
  • Japan's engagement in Africa
  • The international relations of sub-Saharan Africa

Past experience

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