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Michelle Ndiaye Ntab is the program director for African Peace and Security Programs (APSP), a joint program of the Addis Ababa University and the Institute for Peace and Security (IPSS), with the support from GIZ. Before joining IPSS, she was the Managing Director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). Between 1999 and 2011, she consecutively headed several African and international organizations among others, Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, and CEO of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC).  IPSS organizes several policy dialogues of which the Tana High-Level Forum for Security in Africa is the major one. The Fourth Tana High-Level Forum, under the theme “Secularism and Politicized Faith”, will be held on the 18th and 19th of this month in the city of Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, 578 kms North of Addis Abeba. Addis Standard’s editor-in-chief, Tsedale Lemma, sat down with Michelle for this exclusive interview on Tana Forum. Excerpts: