Ms. Florence N. Mpaayei is the immediate former executive director of Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa. She is a seasoned conflict resolution and peacebuilding professional with extensive experience in designing strategies for intervention and implementing peacebuilding programmes. For the past 15 years, Ms. Mpaayei has worked in Eastern and Central Africa countries, on building capacities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding programs. She has a proven track record in providing leadership and oversight in the design and implementation of peacebuilding programs, facilitating dialogue processes at community and national levels, coordinating teams to ensure effective implementation of programmes. Ms. Mpaayei also has vast experience in promoting the work of civil society at national, regional, continental and international arenas as well working to ensure the representation of women in activities related to peace. This has led to her gaining experience in establishing linkages/partnerships with multiple partners (government and non-governmental) at community, national, regional and international levels, aimed at creating coordinated platforms for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Ms. Mpaayei is a peace ambassador for the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (Kenya), vicechairperson of the Greater Horn Horizon Forum that is a think-tank of scholars in Africa and diaspora, member of the Advisory Council of Life and Peace Institute, Uppsala-Norway, and until recently a board member of the Coalition of Violence against Women and the team leader for eastern and central Africa region in the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict respectively. Her background is in leadership, communication and conflict transformation and peacebuilding from Universities in Africa and USA.