Idayat Hassan is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja-based Think-Tank with focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Ms. Hassan was formerly the Principal Programme Officer and Team Leader for Democratic Governance unit at the organization. Prior to joining the CDD, Ms. Hassan was a Deputy Regional Coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption, a movement that seeks to eradicate corruption and poverty in Nigeria. A lawyer by profession, and a Development Expert, she has held Fellowships in several universities across Europe and America. Her core interest in Development work spans Democracy, Accountability, Peace and Security, and and transitional justice in west Africa.