As a storyteller, teacher, facilitator, researcher, and writer, Babu Joseph Ayindo has over two decades of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of conflict transformation and peacebuilding processes and programs with various agencies in different parts of the world. He has taught short courses in arts-based approaches to peace work in seven peacebuilding institutes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and North America. Some of his publications include: co-authoring When You Are the Peacebuilder, published by the United States Institute of Peace, 2001; “Arts Approaches to Peace: Playing Our Way to Transcendence,” published in Barry Hart (ed.) Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies (University Press of America, 2008); Mpatanishi: A Handbook for Community Based Mediators, published in 2010 by PeaceNet; and In Search of Healers, published by the Coalition of Peace in Africa in 2011.
He holds a BEd from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. In September 2017, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled, “Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Parihaka, Mindanao and Nairobi” at the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand.