Dr. Syed Waqas Ali is PhD in Governance and Public Policy who is currently serving as Head of Department, at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad. He is a founding member of Center for Peace Development and Reforms (CPDR), a peace-building think tank working on empowering communities through dialogue, training, research and reconciliation. Waqas was a part of Study United States Institutes (SUSI) Scholar 2018 (American Political Development) program and also is a Commonwealth Professional Fellow (2011), on gender and peace-building. Besides teaching and educational administration, he has been working with young leaders and scholars on a range of areas like, governance, public policy, gender empowerment, dialogue, mediation and peace-building. He has authored many policy papers, survey reports on peace building, governance youth empowerment with the vast experience of studying post conflict societies including, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Philippine, Cambodia, Vietnam etc.