Xav C. Flowers is the Senior Project Director for DI’s Political Party Transition program in Ethiopia. Mr. Flowers is a conflict transformation and political party specialist with over 23 years of experience implementing transformative programs in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, South Sudan, the DRC, Uganda, and Liberia. Before joining DI, Mr. Flowers worked with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a Mentor/Facilitator, strengthening capacities of African military instructors and UN Peacekeepers in Conflict Management. At USIP, he mentored over 10 military personnel from Rwanda and Ghana and facilitated more than 30 trainings for peacekeepers and border patrol police from eight African countries. Mr. Flowers worked as a consultant with The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) where he led intra faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in Northern Nigeria. Mr. Flowers has also held several senior-level posts, including: in Juba with Search for Common Ground, in the DRC and Rwanda with Women for Women International, and in the DRC and Uganda with International Alert. During the 2005 National Election in Liberia, Mr. Flowers was the Country Representative for the International Republican Institute, spearheading a groundbreaking code of conduct for political parties, a national consultation on peaceful and transparent elections and first-ever presidential debates. Mr. Flowers holds a Master’s degree in African Development and Public Policy from Howard University, and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.