Sylvester Bongani Maphosa
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Sylvester Maphosa is chief research specialist and head of peace and security at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), located in Pretoria. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience and more than eight years of experience in the area of research, peace-building practice, and evaluation of fragile contexts. He also serves on the AISA research and publications committee.

His current research interests include, but are not limited to: community-based peace building; human security and development; conflict transformation and conflict prevention; evaluation of peace building models in fragile contexts; and African Union peace and security architecture. His most recent engagements include field research and evaluation of community-based peace building and forms of buoyancy in violent contexts such as the events occurring in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also working on a book which focuses on building peace from below with co-editor Laura DeLuca of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Maphosa received his PhD in conflict resolution and peace studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a master's degree in peace and governance from the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University, a bachelor of education degree in environmental sciences from Solusi University, and a diploma in education from the University of Zimbabwe. He has been published in the Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, Africa Insight, Conflict Trends, and Ghandi Marg. He has appeared on SABC TV and radio, CNBC, the Iran News Channel, and the BBC's Mark Riley radio show.