Kimairis Toogood is currently the Senior Adviser for International Alert’s Africa programme, covering west (Liberia, Mali and Nigeria) and east Africa (Kenya and Somalia).
She was formerly the Peacebuilding Adviser to the British Council’s Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme in Abuja, Nigeria for three years. Prior to that assignment, she served as a Peacebuilding Consultant with UNHCR in Kyrgyzstan and as a Senior Peacebuilding Trainer and Facilitator with International Alert, with responsibility for training local community-based mediators in both evaluative and facilitative mediation.
She has also served as a Conflict Prevention Officer at the US State Department’s Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, as a Conflict Prevention Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme’s Peace and Development Programme in Kyrgyzstan and as an Analyst on the Arabian Peninsula at the US Department of Defense.
She was the former Secretary on the Board for the Central Eurasian Studies Society and is currently a member of the International Studies Association’s Eurasia Working Group. She is also a certified mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, Virginia, US.
She holds a PhD from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, an MA in International Conflict Analysis from King’s College London, and BAs in Political Science and English from Clemson University.