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Rudy Massamba
Democracy Assistance Expert , Non-profit
Gaithersburg, United States
Trilingual (French, Portuguese, English) professional with nearly nine years of experience in managing complex democracy assistance programs for closed countries. Proven track record in assessing democratic governance challenges, and establishing collaborative relationships with civil society, policymakers, donors, and multilateral organizations. Ready to relocate immediately.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Between 2012 and 2020, I managed democracy assistance programs for ten African countries, recommending more than 250 grants in the process.

Beyond shaping grantmaking strategy for Francophone and Lusophone countries, I frequently organized high-profile discussions aimed at improving relations between civil society leaders and public officials, and raising awareness of obstacles to democracy in the countries of my portfolio.

In my capacity as program officer, I visited 17 countries spread across sub-Saharan Africa (West, Central, and Southern Africa), Western Europe, and South America. As a result, I developed, and continue to maintain, collaborative relationships with traditional civil society organizations, youth-led citizen movements, politicians, public officials, development donors, and diplomats in most of these countries.

Given my expertise in democracy assistance to civil society, and my understanding of democratic governance challenges in several African countries, I participated in numerous Washington-based panel and working group discussions, and also featured as a speaker at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Georgetown University Law Center, the Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School.

I am perfectly fluent in English and French, in addition to possessing intermediate Portuguese language skills.
The Florida State University, M.S. in International Affairs
Tallahassee, FL/ August 2009 to April 2011

Binghamton University, B.A. in Political Science
Vestal, NY/ August 2007 to August 2009
Affiliations and Achievements:
Membership in the 2020 Cohort of the Africa Policy Accelerator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Portuguese
    France , United States
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