Gelila Enbaye is a research associate with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security. Her current work looks into the material political economy of conflict as part of the Stabilization Lab project. Her interests include the impact of private actors on security governance, bottom-up peacebuilding as well as intersectional and decolonial approaches to conflict resolution.
Prior to joining GPPi, Gelila worked for the consultancies Control Risks in Paris and africon in Germany. She also gained experience in policymaking processes through internships with the German Federal Foreign Office and the US House of Representatives. As an intern in the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s West Africa office, Gelila prepared publications and planned multiple policy conferences across the region. In addition, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Mannheim in a research project on pro-government militias worldwide.
Gelila holds a dual master’s degree in international security and international relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and sociology from the University of Mannheim and spent a semester abroad at Sciences Po’s Reims campus. Her studies were supported by a Deutschlandstipendium from the University of Mannheim and by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).