Baker al-HiyariA seasoned peacebuilder, conflict transformation, governance and development advisor, inter-faith and intercultural specialist with over 25 years of experience at the intersection of politics, development, governance, civil society, religion and public affairs in the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa regions. Baker worked closely with leading politicians, policy makers, academics, youth and women groups, in addition to international NGOs, development organizations and advocacy groups and amassed experience working within the private sector, advising a range of companies from start-up enterprises to leading regional organizations.

Mr. al-Hiyari specializes in engaging local governments, traditional and religious communities and civil society actors across the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa regions, in addition to managing multi-layered development programs that promote freedom and diversity, advance social cohesion and communal peace through cooperation exchange and contact, all while harnessing the assets of local communities to enhance resilience and build peace, thereby advancing effective governance processes, address radicalization and violent extremism.