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Assistant Director, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Sandy Africa served as a senior official in the South African security services from 1994 to 2007.  This included periods heading the training academy of the civilian intelligence services, the corporate services function, and serving as a senior aide in a ministerial office. This period in the security sector was preceded by ten years of working in civil society organisations and political movements up to the 1990s when she contributed, both as an academic and as a delegatee, to the negotiations that led to new policy frameworks, new mandates and the institutionalization of democratic controls over the security sector. After her career in government service, Sandy worked as a researcher and consultant on SSR/G for governments, academic institutions, think tanks, and civil society organisations. From 2008 to 2016, she also took up a full time academic post to teach Public Policy, and Security and Strategic Studies in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She is the Vice-Chairperson the African Security Sector Network, a Pan-African network promoting democratic governance of the security sector. Sandy majored in Economics and Comparative African Government, has a Master of Arts degree in African Politics from the University of South Africa, and a PhD in Public Policy Management Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She joined DCAF in 2017 to head the Sub-Saharan Africa Division.