Oury Traoré is an International Senior Consultant in Peace and Security with deep knowledge of peace and security issues in the West African region and has worked in post-conflict countries in Africa as well as with CSOs in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Yemen.

Her recent projects include drafting the Policy Framework of the Civilian Component of the ECOWAS Standby Force; integrating Gender issues into the ECOWAS Security Sector Governance Policy Framework report; and conducting the first ever evaluation of the African Union Liaison Offices in ten post-conflict countries and the first ever retreat of the AU’s Peace and Security Department. She has taught at the Institute of Peace and Security Studies and is the first women Advisor in the AU Senior Mission Leader (AUSML) Course.

Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Traoré was the Regional Program Manager of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding in Ghana, the largest peacebuilding network in West Africa.  She was the Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa in The Gambia and the Program Associate for the Women’s Rights Program of Global Rights in Washington DC.

Fluent in English and French and three African languages (Bambara, Dioula and Malinké), Ms. Traoré, from Mali, holds a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University; a M.A. in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University; and a B.A. in Sociology from Berea College (US). She has published several articles, compendiums and a book on African issues and women’s human rights issues.