Mr. Joel Bisina is both the Founder and Executive Director of Niger Delta Professionals for Development. He has vast experience in conflict management and mediation. He has played a role in peace brokering in various conflict zones in Nigeria, including the OPC-Ijaw Youth Conflict of 1999 in Lagos, and the Warri Crisis. Mr. Bisina has made substantial contributions to the body of knowledge on conflict management, peacebuilding and advocacy in regional and international publications, and international speaking engagements. These include, speaking at the World Affairs Council and the University of Washington and publications in the Ife Center for Psychological Study and the Pambazuka Online Journal on African Affairs. Mr. Bisina is both an MDG Ambassador and an Ambassador for Peace, for contributing to world peace through citizen diplomacy and promoting international cooperation and understanding. He also was awarded the 2007 Giraffe Hero Commendation, given to people who stick their necks out for the common good. Read his story here.