Mohammed Ahmed Gain is a professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Ibn Tofail (Kenitra-Morocco) and president of the African Institute for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (AIPECT). He received his PhD in postcolonial studies from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (Fez) and studied international human rights law at the Geneva Human Rights Institute. He has worked for more than 10 years as an expert in human rights, peace, and security in Africa. His writing has appeared in publications for the Social Science Research Council (New York), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and other African think tanks. He has lectured widely on conflict analysis, mediation, peace, and security in North Africa and the Sahel. In addition to his academic career, Mr. Gain has been a member of many non-governmental organizations. In December 2017, he was elected as deputy secretary general of the Pan African Youth Union. He also worked as a consultant and trainer on peacebuilding and mediation in Rwanda, Mali, Gabon, and other African countries. He has received various leadership awards including the New Leaders for Tomorrow from the Swiss Crans Montana Forum. He regularly gives commentary to media outlets on the Maghreb and the Sahel