Originally from Kenya, John is a Programme Officer in the Pacific Programme. He provides project, administrative and logistical support necessary for the implementation of the Programme. He also plays a key role in liaising with partners across the areas in which Conciliation Resources works, and in managing programme activities, events and information. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources, he was based in South Africa where headed the peacebuilding programme at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He has worked in several countries in Africa within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture, and has more than a dozen years of experience in field-based conflict mapping and analysis, capacity building training in conflict management, grassroots and national dialogue, negotiation & mediation support capacity building, programme development & management, organisation capacity development and peacebuilding grants management. He is also a researcher with interest in international politics and its linkage to peace, security and development. John holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of New England in Australia.