Dr. Bakary Sambe is the Chairman of the Timbuktu Institute - African Center for Peace Studies (Dakar) and Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Religions (CER - Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis -Senegal).
He is the Founder of the Observatory of Religious Radicalism and Conflict in Africa (ORCRA).
Political scientist, Expert in international security and Development, Dr. Sambe has been named as one of the leading experts on the problem of radicalization and transnational networks in the Sahel.
He is author of essay Islam and Diplomacy (2011), a book titled "Boko Haram, from the Nigerian Problem to Regional Threat" (July 2015), and his most recent 2018 book on political Islam and soft power.
Dr. Sambe, also collaborates with several international organizations, serves as an advisor for governments, and other institutions on the risks associated with violent extremism, its prevention, and the radicalisation process.
He also wrote the initial report on the drivers of radicalization in the G5 Sahel countries, and Senegal and Nigeria done in collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary General Special Envoy to the Sahel.
Dr. Sambe is assisting Sahel countries in the process of designing national strategies to prevent and prevent violent extremism with the USAID Regional Project Partnerships for Peace.
Dr. Sambe is fluent in French, Arabic and speaks some English and Turkish.