Aïssatou Hayatou is a Cameroonian citizen, mother of four daughters. She is 50 years old. She accumulates 26 years of professional experience with 16 years at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. Her expertise mainly focuses peace, security and development matters in Africa, in particular as regards policy analysis and development. She currently holds the position of Acting Head of the AU Commission - AUDA-NEPAD Coordination Unit in the Cabinet of the Chairperson of the Commission. Prior to that, she held various positions at the AU in the area of Peace and Security, most notably Operations Manager for the Silencing the Guns Program, Senior Analyst at the Continental Early Warning System and Expert in support of the AU Peace and Security Council Secretariat. Her academic background consists in a Master’s of Science in Global Affairs (2003) Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, USA, and Masters in International Relations (1994) Institut d’Etudes des Relations Internationales Paris, France. She advises her publication in Africa’s New Peace and Security Architecture: Promoting norms, institutionalizing solutions; Ashgate publications, April 2010.