Ornella joined DCAF in July 2014 as a project coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa. She leads the work of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division in support to independent oversight institutions, civil society and the media for enhanced public oversight of the security sector, mainly in West African countries.
Prior to joining DCAF, Ornella worked as a Human Rights and Protection of Civilians expert for a peacekeeping predeployment training programme funded by the US State Department. In that capacity, she developed and delivered training for Burkina Faso battalions preparing for deployments to Darfur and Northern Mali. Before that, Ornella worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Togo as a governance and crisis prevention analyst and a project manager, in charge of transitional justice, parliamentary support and electoral programmes. She had previously served as a research analyst with the Africa Desk of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, at the French Ministry of Defence. She also has extensive experience delivering governance and election training to West-African audiences as a consultant for various regional and international organisations.
Ornella holds a master's degree in International security, from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and a graduate certificate in Criminology from the Faculty of Law of the University of Grenoble, France. She also holds a Bachelor in Modern Literature and Philosophy from the University of Paris 3 Pantheon Sorbonne, and studied election administration at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon.
Ornella is the editor of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa, published by DCAF at the request of the ECOWAS Commission.