Aditi Lalbahadur

Aditi Lalbahadur is an independent consultant, focusing on peace, security, international human rights and humanitarian issues and remains a keen observer of South African foreign policy. She was previously the Foreign Policy Programme Manager at the South African Institute of International Affairs from 2015 to 2020.


Work Title
Programme Manager
SAIIA Programme
Foreign Policy
Areas of Expertise

Foreign Policy
Peace and Security

Country Focus
Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

English (Fluent)
Portuguese (Beginner)


Aditi joined SAIIA as a researcher in December 2011 after she completed an M.Litt (with distinction) in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. She is a Chevening Scholar (2010) and the recipient of a National Research Foundation Bursary (2001). Before joining SAIIA in 2008 as a corporate research and media officer, Aditi provided research and speech writing support in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, under President Mbeki. She holds an Honours degree in Political Science from The University of Natal, Durban (2002) and a Bachelors degree from the same university (2001), where she undertook a triple major in Political Science, Law, and Media & Communications. She has a strong interest in the international politics of Southern Africa.

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