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Dino Mahtani

Deputy Director, Africa Program

Crisis Group Role

Dino Mahtani joined Crisis Group as Africa Program Deputy Director in July 2019. He assists in developing the research agenda and shaping the analysis and reporting across the Africa program, as well as contributing to specific research across the various projects.

Professional Background

Dino started his career as a journalist for Reuters, working on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria. He subsequently reported as West Africa correspondent and then as Energy correspondent for the Financial Times. After retiring as a journalist, he was appointed to UN Security Council sanctions monitoring panels on DRC and Somalia. Prior to joining Crisis Group he served as a senior political advisor in the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. In recent years, he has also worked on donor-funded research into human trafficking from the Horn of Africa through to Libya.

Areas of Expertise

  • West Africa
  • Great Lakes
  • Horn of Africa
  • Natural Resources
  • Arms Trade
  • Political Economy


  • English
  • French


In The News

4 May 2021
The national army has always been the biggest source of armaments for armed groups in Congo. What’s really needed is a demobilization plan and political deals to discourage support to armed groups. Reuters

Dino Mahtani

Deputy Director, Africa Program
10 Apr 2021
Now that Al-Shabaab controls large segments of the Cabo Delgado coast line, there are fears that they are already beginning to take a slice of illicit coastal smuggling... The Africa Report

Dino Mahtani

Deputy Director, Africa Program

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

The Insurrection in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and guest co-host Comfort Ero talk to Crisis Group’s Deputy Africa Director Dino Mahtani about the violence in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado region, Maputo’s response and prospects for a regional intervention.

Q&A / Africa

Understanding the New U.S. Terrorism Designations in Africa

The U.S. has designated two armed groups in the DRC and in Mozambique as terrorist organisations, claiming they are affiliated with the Islamic State, and creating potential legal peril for peacemakers who may deal with them. Crisis Group analyses the implications.

Op-Ed / Africa

Ethiopia: Not too Late to Stop Tigray Conflict from Unravelling Country

In the early hours of 4 November, a powder keg exploded in the Horn of Africa, as tensions between Ethiopia’s federal government and Tigray region’s leaders erupted into conflict.

Originally published in The Africa Report

Podcast / Africa

Ethiopia’s Slide Toward Civil War

This week on The Horn, clashes have broken out between Ethiopia’s federal troops and forces in northern Tigray. Crisis Group experts covering the long-feared escalation and the broader Horn of Africa discuss reaching a ceasefire and how to address the underlying need for a broader national dialogue.