Passionate about democracy, governance, politics, conflict, stability, and security issues in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCASs), Moctar currently manages the UK Stabilisation Programme for the Sahel. As part of his role, Moctar produces context analyses to inform both political and security thinking and decisions on the Sahel. He has previously worked with an Australian NGO to support Malian visionaries to create change in the lives of thousands of people through education, entrepreneurship, and community-based projects.

Moctar holds an M.Phil. degree in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where he previously researched issues of citizenship within Mali’s democratic experience. He held multiple leadership positions at the University of Oxford including as President of the Oxford Africa Society. He has given public lectures in the area of education and governance in post-conflict contexts and motivational talks in Mali, South Africa, and Australia. He recently spoke at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) event on Non-State Actors in Governance Systems and featured in the BBC’s short film in 2016 on Reversing Africa’s brain drain.