Dr. O. N. Neji is a researcher, Chartered Mediator, consultant and trainer. He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts (M.A) degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Political Science of the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria. He has five professional certifications from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) USA in the following areas: Negotiation and Conflict Management; Conflict Analysis; Interfaith Conflict Resolution; Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) in Africa (Women and Gender mainstreaming) and Principles and Guidelines for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Prior to joining the University of Calabar, Neji served as the managing consultant of Contacts and Partners Ltd where he worked as a consultant to the USAID supported Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and conducted a Peace and Conflict Risk Assessment for the CRS SMILE project in Benue and Nasarawa States, Nigeria. He has also consulted for organizations including, the International Republican Institute (IRI), European Union/International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). His research interests covers peace and conflict studies, civil society organizations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), peace consolidation, conflict sensitivity, gender, religion and conflict, development and conflict, election and conflict, political behavior, democratization and international organizations. Neji is a member of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP) and Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA). He is a research fellow with the Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA) and has published in local and international journals. Neji subscribes to the philosophy of continuous improvement.
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