Sandra Pepera is Director for Gender, Women and Democracy for the National Democratic Institute. A career diplomat and international development professional, she has been a senior officer at the UK’s Department for International Development, lectured in political science and international relations at the University of Ghana, and served as a political analyst in the Political Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Much of Ms. Pepera’s career has been spent working in or on transitional economies, focusing on the building of resilient and inclusive institutions. She led work on women and politics at the University of Ghana and in outreach public policy during the period of intense and unstable political transition in the early 1990s. This included participating in a program that supported the ANC Women’s League during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to majority democratic rule in 1993.Ms. Pepera is a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Network, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Global Board Ready Women initiative, and the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Journal for International Affairs (the Round Table).