Dr. Monde Muyangwa serves as the Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Africa. She has over 25 years of senior-level experience on Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, including working with African governments, international partners, civil society, academia, and the US and African private sector.
Dr. Muyangwa most recently worked as the Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she led programs and research designed to analyze and offer practical, actionable options for addressing some of Africa’s most critical, current, and over-the-horizon issues; foster policy-focused dialogue about and options for stronger and mutually-beneficial U.S.-Africa relations; and challenge the dominant narrative about Africa by enhancing knowledge and understanding about the continent in the United States.
Prior to the Wilson Center, Dr. Muyangwa served as Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University from 2002 to 2013. In this capacity, she oversaw all curriculum and programs, including in the areas of Security Studies, Counter-terrorism and Transnational Threats, Civil-Military Relations, Defense Economics and Resource Management, and Conflict Management. She also served as a Professor of Civil-Military Relations at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies from 2000 to 2003. From 1997 to 2000, she worked as Director of Research and then as Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Summit on Africa. In 1996, she worked as Director of International Education Programs at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Dr. Muyangwa has also worked as a development and gender consultant on a wide range of development projects in southern Africa in the areas of education, housing, health, and nutrition.
She also previously served on the Board of Trustees at Freedom House, Board of Directors at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, International Advisory Council of Afrobarometer, and Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Dr. Muyangwa holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a B.A. in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Zambia. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wingate Scholar, and the University of Zambia graduation speaker for her class.