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MY name is Gbenemene Ben Kpae, a doctoral candidate at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. I hold a bachelor and masters degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, U.S.A. I am currently a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for Ethnic and Conflict Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.I conduct extensive research in community mediation processes and traditional mechanism for conflict resolution. I also train youths in my community (Ogoni) in the Niger Delta of Nigeria mediation processes and how to become peer mediators. Since conflict is a major occurrence in this part of the world especially between the indigenous communities and oil prospecting companies. The workshops that I organized for youths in my area have given new directions to our youths on how to respond to conflict situations Prior to my joining the university in Nigeria, I had conducted extensive training in conflict management in several colleges and high schools in the U.S. when I served with the St. Louis Partners, AmeriCorps conflict management program. I also volunteered as a expert volunteer trainer in Alternative Dispute Resolution for Newly Arriving Immigrants organized by the International Institute of St.Louis in collaboration with the Washington University, st. louis Law school alternative dispute resolution department.
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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Niger delta region of Nigeria
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Port Harcourt, Rivers state Nigeria
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Security, Terrorism, Violence Prevention
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Traditional mechanism for conflict resolution
Arms proliferation and violent crimes
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