- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Nigeria
- Position: Director
- Organization: Centre for Democracy and Development
- Expertise: Countering Violent Extremism, Democracy, Political Participation, and Governance, Transitional Justice
Idayat Hassan is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja-based policy advocacy and research organization with a focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Ms. Hassan was previously Principal Program Officer and team leader for democratic governance at the organization. Prior to joining the CCD, Ms. Hassan was a Deputy Regional Coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption, an organization that seeks to eradicate corruption and poverty in Nigeria. A lawyer by profession, she has held fellowships in several universities across Europe and America. Her core interest spans democracy, peace and security, and transitional justice in West Africa. She received her bachelor’s degree in law from Lagos State University, Ojo, and holds an LL.M. in legal theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels. Since her admission to the Nigerian bar, Idayat has focused on legislative advocacy, legal reform, transparency and accountability, and the rights of vulnerable groups. As an international fellow at the Global Network for Public Interest Law, she is working on a project to bolster public-interest litigation in Nigeria.
Last Updated: March 2017