Mignonne Fowlis joined CPPF in August 2014. She received her MA in human rights from Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, where she concentrated on the gender dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa, and her BA (with honors) in philosophy and politics from the University of Manchester, England. Her graduate thesis focused on the impact of displacement on gender-based violence in South Sudan. She has developed a strong regional focus on Sudan and South Sudan, and her broader research interests include Women, Peace and Security, displacement, and conflict prevention. Prior to joining CPPF, Fowlis served as a consultant for the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at UN Women and as senior program administrator at the Institute for International Education. She was also a policy research intern at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, where she contributed substantive research and analysis to the 2011–2012 report Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council. Fowlis also spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, conducting human rights advocacy work on adolescent girls’ rights and LGBT rights in the Manenberg and Khayelitsha townships. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom with dual Gambian nationality and has a working knowledge of French.