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Piers Pigou

Consulting Analyst, Southern Africa
South Africa

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Crisis Group Role:

As Crisis Group’s Southern Africa Project Director, Piers Pigou oversees the organisation's research and advocacy activities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Angola.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Political violence 
  • Security sector reform
  • Transitional justice issues (including, access to information, reparations, investigations and prosecutions).

Professional Background:

Before joining Crisis Group, he served as the Program Manager at the Foundation for Human Rights, as a Senior Associate for Southern Africa at the International Center for Transitional Justice, as the Director of the South African History Archive and as a Research and Advocacy Coordinator at the Institute for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa/Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Piers also worked for the Truth Commissions in both South Africa and East Timor. He holds a M.A. in Southern African Studies from York University and a B.A. (Hons) in Politics from Portsmouth Polytechnic.

Areas of Expertise:

  • English (native)
  • French (basic)

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Unresolved Business in Zimbabwe

7 November 2011: Piers Pigou, Crisis Group’s Southern Africa Project Director, talks about worrying events since March, the current political developments in the country and the main challenges ahead of the general elections. 3:56 Listen