Francis Ward works in HD’s MENA regional department, focusing on political mediation processes. Before assuming his current position in 2013, Francis worked with HD to assist with the national transitional process in Libya and to facilitate multiple local tribal and ethnic conflict mediation processes in the country. Stationed in Libya since 2011, Francis previously worked on negotiating humanitarian access and providing humanitarian assistance in frontline areas. Before Libya, he was based in Afghanistan where he worked on humanitarian and development projects across the central and northern provinces. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nottingham (UK), and a Master’s degree in War Studies from Kings College London (UK).
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
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