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Sia Iscandari Profile

Sia Iscandari

PhD student

Research interests

  • Business
  • Conflict
  • International development


Sia Foday-Iscandari is a PhD student with the African Leadership Centre. Through leadership, narrative and socio-economic analysis her research explores: the what (state-business relations); the why (fragile and low income); the when (post-conflict situations); the how (leadership processes and statebuilding) specific to political economy dynamics for West African environments experiencing instability.

Alongside her PhD research, Sia works as the Director of Programs with the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative - Partners West Africa Nigeria. In this role, she oversees the Citizens Security and Rule of Law program areas. Her career spans over 15 years of working in the development and financial services industry. She has consulted in the economic development, agriculture, health, security, governance, and justice sectors for organisations including the World Bank and has been Technical and Program Director for various USAID programs across the West Africa region.

Before this, she gained extensive experience in program management, business analysis and development while working for the Lloyds Banking Group. She holds an MBA from Nottingham Business School with a Diploma in Management Studies and BSc (Hons) Information Systems from Brunel University. 


Thesis Title: 'The evolution of State-Business Relations and influence of Leadership on Statebuilding 'as' Development in post-conflict West African states'

PhD Supervision

Further details

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