Dr. Hizkias Assefa is professor of conflict studies (SPI only) at Eastern Mennonite University and is an active peacebuilding practitioner and trainer in many parts of the world. Operating out of Nairobi, Kenya, he has worked as a mediator and facilitator of reconciliation processes at political and community levels in a number of civil wars in Africa, Latin America, and Asia including Rwanda, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Israel/Palestine, and Guatemala. In Kenya he worked at mediating between the government and the opposition parties involved in the 2007 election-sparked violence. This work led to the power-sharing government presently governing the country. Currently he is involved in a mediation process between international financial institutions and governments in East Africa on financing innovative and sustainable environmental conservation and management projects. Dr. Assefa has served as a consultant on conflict resolution and peacebuilding under situations of humanitarian disaster to the United Nations, the European Union, and several international and national Non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He holds an LLM from Northwestern University, MS in economics, MPA in public management and a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.