Mehari Taddele Maru is Program Head for the African Conflict Prevention Program at the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS), Addis Ababa office. He holds a MPA degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the University of Oxford and a LLB from Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining ISS, he was Program Coordinator for Migration at the African Union Commission. Mr. Maru served as Legal Expert at the African Union Commission and as Director of the Addis Ababa University Office for University Reform. Mr. Maru has long been convinced of the need for civil society to be actively involved in the search for solutions to both local and global issues. To further this goal, he has founded and worked with a variety of civil society institutions such as the African Rally for Peace and Development, African Initiative for a Democratic World Order, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. Among his many civic engagements, he is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development Commission – the largest non-governmental Ethiopian relief and development institution. Mr. Maru is a critic and commentator on Ethiopian and international media outlets. He has been quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ethiopian Television, and various newspapers on human rights issues, migration, economic governance and international criminal justice.