Thato Motaung is the Associate Executive Director of the African Democratic Institute (ADI), a continental non-governmental organisation striving to increase the value, extent and quality of democracy in Africa. In her leading role at ADI, she holds a critical interest in questioning the fundamentals of good governance and capacity building methods required to encourage transformative leadership in Africa. She is a solution orientation individual with specialties in gender, peace and security, human rights and democratization on the African continent. A researcher by profession, she has held posts as Head Researcher for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea at the Centre for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa; also the post of Research Fellow at the African Union Commission (AUC) Bureau of the Chairperson in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS) in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research background has positioned her as the author and co-author of publications in the fields of sexual and gender-based violence, minority rights and post conflict reform. Thato holds a Master of Science in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (Cum Laude) from K.U. Leuven in Belgium, and a Bachelor of Science in both Political Science and Industrial & Economic Sociology from Rhodes University, Grahamstown.