Hizkias Assefa

Hizkias Assefa


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Hizkias Assefa in the news:

The First and the Foremost: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Mediations guided by Hizkias Assefa yield comprehensive peace accord for a broad swath of South Sudan

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute draws widely diverse people to “sit and talk outside of the conflict zone”

CJP faculty member Hizkias Assefa leads mediation to ease suffering in South Sudan

Start with compassion – one key lesson from 30 years as a top-level mediator around the world

Hizkias Assefa is a professor of conflict studies at Eastern Mennonite University’s Conflict Transformation Program. Operating out of his base in Nairobi, Kenya, he works as a mediator and facilitator of reconciliation processes in a number of civil wars in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He has worked as an attorney and consultant on conflict resolution and peacebuilding to the United Nations, European Union and international and national NGOs in situations of humanitarian crises. Mr. Assefa is currently an associate faculty member at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He holds a master of law from Northwestern University and a master in economics and Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.


LLB, Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

LLM, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

M.A., M.P.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania