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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


Latest Updates

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