Mr Depagne is Africa Deputy Director at International Crisis Group, where he coordinates and oversees the research and publications on West Africa, Central Africa and the Sahel. He was previously the organisation’s Senior Analyst for Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso and West Africa Project Director, covering Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.
Before joining Crisis Group in 2008, Mr Depagne worked as a journalist, specialising for the past 30 years in Africa and, in particular, West Africa. He has worked for various French newspapers and international radio stations and TV channels, including the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Canal +. He spent 15 years in West Africa, living in Benin, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal and travelling in most of the Ecowas countries.