Bio: Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen is Director of the Department of Peace Operations (PATRIR). He is an international expert in mediation and peace processes, systemic peacebuilding, design and implementation of early warning and operational and structural prevention, post war recovery, Strategic Conflict Analysis (SCA), Cumulative Impact and Needs Assessments (CINA) and policies and proposals for improving peacebuilding and peacemaking practice, effectiveness and impact. He consults for governments, foreign ministries, and international and national organizations. He is a co-founder and Director of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and an advisor to several governments and international and national agencies, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UN country missions, and the All Party Parliamentary Working Group (APPG) on Conflict Issues of the British Parliament. Process Facilitation: He is invited broadly by UN agencies, national and international organizations and governments as an experienced practitioner and specialist in the development, design and facilitation of mediation and peace processes; peacebuilding programs; conflict sensitivity; strengthening governmental, inter-governmental and NGO policies and institutional capacities for peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and international development cooperation; preparation, training and deployment of civil peace services; early warning and comprehensive prevention; post-war recovery and infrastructure for peace. He has assisted in the development of several mediation and peace processes. He is also widely invited to assist organizations and agencies in organizational and program development and design, strategic planning and strategy development, and improving implementation of peacebuilding and peace processes. Training: He has provided more than 260 training programs in 36 countries to governments, national and international organizations, UN agencies, conflict party leadership, diplomats, NGOs, community-based practitioners, military, and others in the fields of mediation, systemic peacebuilding, conflict transformation, early warning and comprehensive prevention, war to peace transitions, reconciliation and healing after violence, conflict sensitivity, strategic peacebuilding, and designing peacebuilding programs. In cooperation with the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) he works closely with governments, UN agencies, and organizations who have requested training support to design specialized programs customized to meet the specific needs, objectives, and operating environments in which they work to strengthen their peacebuilding capacity and effectiveness. Public Lectures and Teaching: He has taught and lectured at universities across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia including Royal Roads University (Canada), York University’s Post-War Recovery and Development Unit (PRDU), the United Nations University (Japan), the European Peace University (Austria), and many others, and is invited faculty at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has been invited to provide more than 400 public talks in 28 countries. Publications and Research: He is an experienced Researcher and Director of Research Programmes, and is currently Director of the International Research Team on Searching for Peace in Iraq which will provide a Strategic Conflict Analysis, Cumulative Impact and Needs Assessment, and Policy Proposals and Recommendations for addressing the conflict in Iraq. In 2009 headed the Palestine and Israel: Improving Civil Society Peacebuilding Strategies, Design, and Impact international research project. He has written and published widely, and was co-author, together with Johan Galtung and Carl Jacobsen, of Searching for Peace: The Road to TRANSCEND (Pluto, 2000 & 2002). He is a member of the Executive Board of the Journal of Peace and Development and an Editor of Oxford University Press’ Peace Encyclopedia. He has contributed to several publications, and his current areas of research focus on peace processes, early warning and comprehensive prevention, strategic conflict analysis, cumulative impact and needs assessments and improving peacebuilding in policy and practice. Country / Regional Experience: Kai has worked in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, southern Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Aceh-Indonesia, Russia, Moldova, South Eastern Europe, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Mexico, Colombia, Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, North America, and the Middle East at the invitation of governments, inter-governmental organisations, UN agencies, and local organisations and communities.