Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Leena Koni Hoffmann
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Dr Hoffmann is an associate fellow of the Africa Programme and technical advisor to the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Her research focuses on Nigeria’s politics, corruption, security and trade. She is currently involved in researching the political economy of the food security and agricultural policy agenda of the Sahel and West Africa.

From 2013 to 2015, Leena was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) working on the impact of border politics on West Africa’s regional trade.

Previously a research fellow with the Chatham House Africa Programme in 2013, she has also worked as an investigator for the Anti-Corruption Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.

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


  • Nigeria’s politics
  • Democracy and patronage politics
  • Food security and agricultural policy
  • Perspectives on corruption and anti-corruption strategies
  • Cross-border trade and cooperation in West Africa
  • Regional security in West Africa 


2016 -Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) Oaugadougou
2015 -Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2015-17Research Consultant, Sahel and West África Club Secretariat, WAF Programme 2015-16, Paris
2013-15Marie Curie Research Fellow, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg
2013ERANDA Junior Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2005-07Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham
2001-03Assistant Superintendent of Investigation, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigeria

Broadcast experience



  • English (broadcast standard)
  • Hausa (not for broadcast)
  • ‘Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Cheap Oil and a Costly Insurgency’ in ed. Giovanni Carbonne, Oil price and jihadism: is 'emerging Africa' still moving forward?, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies Africa Report, ISPI 201:5, (2015), pp. 49- 62
  • 'The Roots of Neopatrimonialism: Opposition Politics and Popular Consent in Southwest Nigeria', with Insa Nolte; in Wale Adebanwi & Ebenezer Obadare (ed), Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria: Critical Interpretations – A Festschrift for Richard Joseph, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013
  • 'Fairy Godfathers and Magical Elections: Understanding the 2003 Electoral Crisis in Anambra state, Nigeria', Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 48, no. 02, 2010