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Celestin Nkundabemera serves as program director for the American Friends Service Committee in East Africa. He has over 10 years of successful experience in providing strategic and operational management of peace and development programs with results-oriented not-for-profit organizations that help targeted people become active actors in changing the contexts in which they live for the better and connect with the rest of the communities as they sought to break prejudices and other barriers and forge cooperation, understanding and meaningful relationships. Besides, he has taught at some universities in Eastern Africa, and has also led short educational programs with young people on development and transformation of societies. For two years, he was the a chair of a steering committee of the Non-Governmental Organization Consortium on Somalia that comprised of over 100 Somali and International NGOs, while providing guidance on matters of strategy, coordination and operations. He holds a master's degree in Communications with a special focus on media, human communication and society. Celestin is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.