Dr. Gino Vlavonou is the Program Officer with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). He obtained his PhD from the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and his master’s degree from the Institut Québécois des Hautes Études Internationales at Université Laval in Québec. His dissertation focuses on discourses of autochthony in the Central African Republic, where he conducted fieldwork in 2017. Gino worked as a Junior Research Fellow in the Nairobi office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and as a research assistant for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)in 2017-2019. He also worked as a research associate with the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC). Gino has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and blogs. His work has appeared in Africa Today, African Security, Revue Tiers Monde, African Identities, and Glocalism, among others. Gino has received scholarships and awards from various institutions, including the Canadian federal agency Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He is fluent in Goun, French and English.