Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Leena Koni Hoffmann
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Leena Koni Hoffmann is an associate fellow of the Africa Programme. Her research focuses on Nigeria’s politics, corruption, governance issues, regional security and trade in West Africa. In 2013-15, Leena was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). Previously a research fellow with the Chatham House Africa Programme in 2013, she has also worked as an assistant superintendent of investigation for the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a research consultant for the OECD/Sahel and West Africa Club funded West African Futures Programme 2015-16.

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
  • Trade in Nigeria
  • Perspectives on corruption and anti-corruption strategies
  • Cross-border cooperation in West Africa
  • Regional security in West Africa 


2015 -Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
2015 -Research 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’s Booming Borders: The Drivers and Consequences of Unrecorded Trade with Paul Melly, Chatham House Report, December 2015 
  • ‘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
  • Who Speaks for the North? Politics and Influence in Northern Nigeria Research Paper, July 2014
  • '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