Séverine Bellina is a Doctor of Public Administration, specialised on governance, institutionalisation of power and normative pluralism in Africa. She is currently General secretary of the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance. From December 2004 to March 2008 she acted as a consultant on issues of democratic governance with the Directorate of Development Policy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs - France - and has actively contributed to the drafting of the French strategy for governance development cooperation. She has also been an expert partner in the Democratic Governance Group Bureau for Development Policy Program United Nations Development (UNDP-BDP), stationed in Dakar and Regional Center in Oslo on governance with the Director. Séverine Bellina has served as consultant to the European Commission. She is a teacher at SciencePo Paris.