Saadat Musabaeva holds a BA in international and comparative politics from the American University of Central Asia. She has five years of professional experience in international development with focus on peace and security. Saadat has been engaged with regional and local organizations such as Concept Realisation, UNICEF, Fair and Sustainable Development Solutions and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Before coming to Notre Dame, Saadat worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist at the Politico-Military Department of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she monitored and evaluated a portfolio of projects on combatting terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism; strengthening cross-border security, cooperation and economic connectivity; arms control, and nonproliferation; combatting organized crime and drug trafficking; developing a service-oriented law enforcement system; strengthening democratic governance; and youth development for promotion of peace and security. As a master of global affairs student, Saadat is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.