Idayat Hassan is the Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development and an expert in
development and security studies in the region. Before assuming the directorship, she was a
senior program manager at the Centre.
Her interests span democracy, peace and security, transitional justice, and information and
communications technology for development in West Africa. As the director of CDD, she has
strengthened CDD's position as a civic tech leader with a portfolio of projects—including
analyses of the nexus between social media platforms, election processes, and electoral
outcomes, using an app to identify electoral fraud and analysing the use of personal data in
political campaigning in Nigeria.