Medinat Abdulazeez Malefakis

Board Chair

Dr Medinat Abdulazeez Malefakis is a senior lecturer at the NADEL (Centre for Development and Cooperation) at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal University of Technology). She is an academic and policy expert in terrorism, violent conflicts, humanitarian displacement, and peacebuilding, as well as the intersection of digital technologies with all of the afore mentioned. Before NADEL, she was a Junior Fellow at the Collegium Helveticum of the ETH, Nigerian Research Expert/Facilitator at the Centre for Security Studies (ETH), and conflict analyst (West, East and Southern Africa) at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva. Medinat has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB), a research fellow with the United states Institute of Peace (USIP), and a junior researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Halle (Germany). Asides her work for the ETH, Medinat leads the Nigeria country portfolio for the Global Survivors Fund. She currently sits as a member of the Independent Review Panel for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, and is also a member of Saferworld Europe’s General Assembly.