Idriss Nassah is a Senior Researcher in the Africa division where he covers Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch Idriss worked for the Information Support Team to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). With an extensive history working on peace, security, humanitarian affairs and human rights campaigns, Idriss has worked as the Pan-Africa Media and Communications Lead at Oxfam International Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) where he worked to raise awareness of the workings of the African Union and invite citizens’ participation in AU public dialogues and processes, and to demand accelerated implementation of AU decisions. He also worked as the Africa Media Manager for The ONE Campaign where he led the organization’s high-profile campaigns that engaged governments and multi-national institutions on health, education, women’s empowerment, and elections across several African countries.
Idriss is a passionate social justice advocate who has written widely for various outlets on social, political, and economic justice issues. He is a Fulbright scholar who holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma, USA, and is currently rounding up an LLB degree at the University of South Africa.
A thoroughbred Southern African; Idriss has lived and worked in Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.