Susan Stigant

Director of Africa Programs, United States Institute of Peace

Susan Stigant is the director of Africa programs at the United States Institute of Peace, overseeing programming in South Sudan, Nigeria, Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Kenya, and with the African Union. She focuses on the design and implementation of inclusive constitutional reform and national dialogue processes. Stigant advises government officials and civil society actors on inclusive processes in Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and elsewhere. Previously, Stigant managed constitutional development, citizen engagement, and election observation programs with the National Democratic Institute. From 2005-11, she served as program director with NDI in South Sudan, supporting the implementation of the peace agreement. She also worked with the Forum of Federations on comparative federalism and with the research unit of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in South Africa. Stigant holds an MA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.