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Rama Salla Dieng

Rama Salla Dieng is a Senegalese feminist, researcher and writer. She received the 2015 Ibrahim Governance and Development doctoral award, and is currently a doctoral researcher in International Development at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on the contemporary land rush and the implications for agrarian change and food security in Senegal. Between 2010 and 2015, Rama worked successively as a research assistant and a research fellow at the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, based in Senegal. Prior to that, she worked briefly in the charity sector in France and at the UNDP country office in Mauritius. In 2009, she was selected by the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa as one of the 25 most promising young African women committed to bringing change in their communities. She is the convenor of a series of interviews on current African issues entitled: ‘30 minutes with …’ in which she interviews policymakers, scholars and artists about current African issues. She is also involved with a number of feminist organisations, including FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era. In 2013, she contributed to a collective book by the Network of Young African Researchers on Democracy and Development in Africa in 2013. Rama was a 2013 Chevening scholar, and holds an MSc Research in International Development from SOAS, specializing in African Economic Development and Gender. She also holds degrees in Politics from the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Bordeaux) France.