Ariane Dinalli Francisco is the East and Southern Africa Assistant Research Manager at ACLED and has been with the organization since December 2019. She was originally hired as a South America researcher for the Latam desk. Ariane holds a MA in Democratic Governance and Civil Society from the Osnabruck University, Germany, and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ariane has vast research experience, and her work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to organized crime, security, and peace and conflict studies.