João Bernardo Honwana
João Bernardo Honwana is a Senior Associate for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team. João has over twenty years of experience in conflict analysis, preventive diplomacy and political mediation. He is skilled in providing advice to senior national officials and political leaders, facilitating high- level political consultations and multi-stakeholder national dialogue and reconciliation initiatives.
João has served in the UN in senior roles, including as Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office for Guinea- Bissau, and as Director of the Africa I and Africa II Divisions of the Department of Political Affairs. He has also been involved in UN institutional collaborations on peacemaking and peacebuilding initiatives with the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and IGAD, among others.
João was the Fall 2017 Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations from September 2017 to March 2018.