Dr Virginie Baudais
Dr Virginie Baudais is a senior researcher with expertise in the Sahel and West Africa. She worked for two United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, as a Political Officer and she is currently conducting field research in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Her expertise includes development, governance, humanitarian protection and security in the central Sahel.
Dr Benjamin N. Lawrance
Professor of History at the University of Arizona
Benjamin N. Lawrance is the former Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a professor of history at the University of Arizona.He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.