Sam Kona is the Commissioner, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Kenya. He is a conflict resolution, governance, and stability expert with over 25 years’ experience in public, private, and civil society sectors. He has carried out extensive research and managed dozens of projects in sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on conflict early warning systems, post-conflict reconstruction, peacebuilding, mediation, governance, and security. Sam has held senior leadership roles in government, including serving as Chairman of the National Council for Population and Development and Kerio Valley Development Authority. He has worked as a senior manager with international agencies and organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development, Development Alternatives Incorporated, Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Chemonics International, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and Oxfam GB. He teaches conflict resolution and dialogue, negotiation, and mediation at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), respectively.