Shawn Houlihan

Shawn Houlihan (Director) is Senior Director for Africa at the Forum of Federations (2005 to present) where he oversees programs throughout Africa. He has extensive experience in the areas of governance and conflict management, with a focus on highly fragile and transitional environments. Forum programs include dialogue, policy research, training and technical assistance, covering subjects of: fiscal decentralization, intergovernmental relations, federalism-democratic transition, conflict management, public awareness and civic engagement, constitutional reform, leadership development, academic and public sector capacity development. He has also worked as a consultant with numerous aid agencies, consulting firms and international organizations. At CIDA/GAC he has worked on programs in the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Pan Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as Multilateral, Asia and Policy Branches. Mr Houlihan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. He has been a Research Associate in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Fellow of Roger Fisher’s Conflict Management Group and Associate at Universalia Management Group. In 2012 he was named a member of the Leadership Council at McGill University’s Institute for Studies in International Development and was previously an Associate at the Centre for Creative Leadership. Shawn holds Masters degrees in economics (Dalhousie) and public administration (Harvard).

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