SAED KAKEI’S BIO Ph.D. (ABD) - NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION • Ph.D. (ABD), Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Humanities & Social Science, Department of Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Current). • Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University (2008) • Certificate of Negotiation Practice from Harvard University’s Negotiation Project, USA (2000) • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba (1994) Languages • English, Kurdish (Native), Arabic, Turkish, Turkmen, and Farsi/Persian. PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION/OFFICES • 15 years of professional International Conflict Management and Resolution experience with international governments and national organizations. • Bicultural Advisor and Negotiator for the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) • Senior Adviser for the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California. • Published research findings in the fields of para-diplomacy and conflict resolution in various international political journals. • Lectured internationally on negotiation and conflict management methods and tactics. • Written, directed and produced a docudrama film titled “Waiting for Hiwa” in 2004 dealing with the pains of the survivors of the gassed town of Halabja in 1988 by the forces of the deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. • Accredited Interpreter by the Ministry of Attorney General of Ontario, Canada since 1994 • Born in Kirkuk, Iraq. Fieldwork: Research, Teaching/Training, Mediation & Advising Experience • Currently provides Cross-Cultural consultations to Valka-Mir Conflict Resolution firm as well as the Advanced Automation Corporation. • Cultural and Political Advisor & Coach for International Coalition Forces in Iraq; concentration on mediation, facilitation and negotiation between Iraq’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government as well as between Sunni /Shia community leaders and coalition forces. • Political Mediator, Facilitator, & Negotiator for United States Forces conducting internal defense and development in Iraq; concentration on cultural awareness training and advisory assistance to senior US Army Brigade commanders and staffs; primary support involved negotiations of complex Iraqi political and communal issues and facilitation of post conflict reconstruction efforts including assisting, guiding and mentoring the local Iraqi elections staff for the 2005 Iraqi national and provincial elections in the Province of Diyala; on a regular base, provided legislative advice and policy-making guidance to members of the Diyala Provincial Council. See MoreSee less