Dr. Bandiaky-Badji leads the development of RRI’s strategy for engagement in Africa with a focus on tenure rights, building more synergies around new strategic analyses and giving actors a more strategic understanding of trends, issues, options, and gender in Africa. She also spearheads RRI’s Gender Justice Thematic Programs and ensures the implementation of the global gender strategy on women’s tenure rights. She holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Clark University, Massachusetts and an MA in Environmental Sciences and in Philosophy from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal. She worked as the regional expert on gender and climate change for the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) and the UNDP/ BDP Gender Team in New York. Dr. Bandiaky-Badji has published work on gender in relation to natural resource management, decentralization and local governance, forest and land reforms.