Beatrice Bianchi is political analyst with over ten years of professional experience focusing on a range of thematic areas including democratic governance, transitional processes and assessment of fragility factors throughout Africa. She has extensive experience on the Sahel region as well as on elections in fragile contexts. Since 2018 she has been leading the Sahel strategy at the Institute. Previously, she developed her expertise on democratisation process in fragile countries serving as Core Teams Political Analyst for the European Union Election Observation Missions (Guinea 2013-15, Malawi, Burundi, The Gambia, Nepal and Mali) and as senior expert for the World Bank, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). She is also a trainer for France Terre d’Asile on geopolitics of conflicts in West Africa, since 2012. Beatrice conducted extensive academic research on the Transition process in West Africa on behalf of the University of Cambridge and the Sorbonne, where she holds and holds two master's degrees, in African Studies and in International Politics.