Ms. Kamissa Camara

Ms. Kamissa Camara

Senior Program Officer, West & Central Africa, National Endowment for Democracy

Kamissa Camara is the Senior Program Officer for West & Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where she oversees a multi-million grant portfolio to civil society organizations in the West and Central Africa sub-regions, designs country strategies and identifies policy gaps in transitional justice, human rights, peacebuilding, democracy promotion, corruption and civil-military relations that can potentially be addressed by local partners through NED funding.

Ms. Camara is the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, an integrated policy forum which provides a platform to donors, program implementers, academics, civil society, and the private sector to promote democratic values, stronger accountability mechanisms, peace, security and development throughout the Sahel.

Prior to her employment with NED, Kamissa worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where she managed electoral assistance programs in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She has trained over 400 electoral management officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Niger, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burundi, Nigeria, Gabon, France, United States, and Uganda on electoral operations and electoral management.

She holds an M.A. in International Economics and Development from Université Pierre Mendès France (Grenoble, France) and a B.A. in International Relations from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France).

 Kamissa’s political analyses have appeared in the Washington Post, Aljazeera America, The Broker Online, Good Governance Africa, World Politics Review, African Arguments, Think Africa Press, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs and UN Vision. She was a guest on BBC Africa Focus, RFI, France24, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Africa24, The Global African and Monocle Radio.

 Kamissa is a native French speaker and speaks fluent English and Bambara.

Roundtable I: Promoting Democracy & Governance in Africa