Mr. Ali Gohar is Founder & Advisor of Just Peace International has a degree in International Relations from Quaid-E-Azam University, Pakistan. For thirteen years, he served as Additional Commissioner Social Welfare Cell for Afghan refugees--a project of (UNHCR). During his tenure, he sought to make public the plight of street children, Drug HIV/AIDS awareness, community development and peace building in 258 Afghan Refugee camps. He wrote two Pustho plays for Pakistan Television Corporation on Drug HIV/AIDS awareness, Domestic Violence& restorative Justice. In 2002 he completed his second Master’s in Conflict Transformation as a full bright Scholar from Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA. Ali was awarded a grant by United States Institute for Peace (USIP) to explore the principles of Jirga (a community based conflict transformation institution in the Pukhtoon belt of Pakistan and Afghanistan).Ali recently completed a research project for UNDP, UNICEF on Access to informal Justice system in Pakistan (under Publication).Ali is also the author of Pukhtoon code of life Pakhtoonwali, the book title is, who learns from whom?, Pukhtoon traditions in Modern perspective. Ali Gohar has co-authored “The Little Book of Restorative Justice” in Pak- Afghan context, originally authored by Prof. Howard Zehr. He was also instrumental in the development of a peace story and song, "In your song, I hear my voice," sung in twenty languages with distinguished scholar for peace, John Paul Leaderach. (http://www.dreamthelight.com/).
Ali’s article on peace, Restorative Justice and Jirga were published in international, local newspapers and journal. Ali recently developed a reference book and training manual on social work and train the first batch of trainer of trainers from eight Government ministries of Afghanistan as a Technical Advisor and training specialist. The project was funded by European commission and implemented by Child right consortium (five international NGO’s) and government of Afghanistan. Ali also worked as campaign officer with Oxfam GB, to end “honor” killing and violence against women in the province of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa of Pakistan. He is the national coordinator for Victim of torture, project implemented with EU and European perspective support, Dispute resolution project in Seven district a project funded by the Asia Foundation and Australian Embassy, ADR & community Policing Project in Five District of Baluchistan funded by British Embassy and the Asia Foundation. Ali is also anchor, resource person, talk show, violent conflict investigator and host to Local and international radio and television channels.