Alliou Traoré is a conflict management and peacebuilding expert with ten years of experience working on programs to initiate dialogue between conflicting communities and find solutions to longstanding points of tension. Mr. Traoré got his start in his native Côte d’Ivoire, where he worked as an Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance Adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Following this, he worked with Search for Common Ground, starting as a Program Coordinator, where he developed and managed activities for conflict transformation and inclusive governance at the community level, and then later as the Acting Country Director and Country Representative, where he was responsible for forming new partnerships with donors, CSOs and oversaw strategic direction of SFCG’s programming. In 2016, Mr. Traoré took up a position as Peacebuilding Program Manager at Mercy Corps in Mali. He is coordinating Mercy Corps Mali’s peacebuilding programs including technical assistance for all humanitarian programs. He is also managing the “Engaging Youth to Build Peaceful Communities in Mali” program, funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.