MaryAnne Iwara is a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (STG), European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, where she is conducting research on pastoralism, peace and security in the ECOWAS region. Before joining the EUI, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria, where she conducts research in peacebuilding processes and also facilitates training modules on protection of civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence. She also served as the Regional and Training Advisor for the German Development Cooperation’s (GIZ) Regional Peace and Security Programme in Accra, Ghana, where she supported the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre in designing peacekeeping and peacebuilding trainings. MaryAnne holds an M.A. in African Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford.