WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson Center announced today that Dr. Monde Muyangwa will be the new director of the center’s Africa Program.

“Dr. Muyangwa is a serious, highly-regarded Africa-hand.” said Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman. “She made her mark as a Vice President at the National Summit on Africa, which produced key recommendations for strengthening US-Africa relations in the 21st Century.  She will build on the extraordinary work of Howard Wolpe and Steve McDonald.”

Before coming to the Wilson Center, Muyangwa was Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University (NDU). For eleven years she oversaw the Center’s curriculum and program development in areas of Security Studies, Counter-Terrorism, Defense Economics, and many more.

Muyangwa has also participated on a number of Africa-related programs including the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.  Muyangwa’s career also includes a wide range of community development projects in southern Africa relating to gender, education, housing, health, and nutrition. She also has co-authored, with Margaret Vogt, a publication for the International Peace Academy titled An Assessment of the Organization of African Unity’s Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution. 

She earned her Ph.D. in International Relations and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, and holds a BA in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Zambia.  She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wingate Scholar, as well as the University of Zambia Class of 1986 Valedictory Speaker.