Nita Yawanarajah is an international conflict resolution practitioner with over 20 years of experience in international organizations. She served in the United Nations (1995-2009) in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Eritrea and Ethiopia. She also supported other peacebuilding situations such as Liberia and Sierra Leone and the Darfur and Western Sahara mediation processes.
She was the Head of the Commonwealth Secretariat's Good Offices and Conflict Prevention Section (2009-2015) where she helped develop its conflict prevention program and served on good offices assignments to the Maldives and Swaziland. Ms. Yawanarajah is currently undertaking research on how to mediate durable ceasefires at the War Studies Department of Kings College, London.