Dereje Feyissa is an eminent Ethiopian scholar with a regional focus on the Horn of Africa. He holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology from Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany. He has extensive experience as a Research Fellow of the 21st Century Centre of Excellence, Osaka University in Japan and at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. Dr. Feyissa has extensive fieldwork experience and has conducted research on ethnicity and conflict in the Gambella region; Islam in contemporary Ethiopia; the political economy of development in the Afar region (Ethiopia); and on the Afar political culture as part of a comparative study of African political cultures in Guinea-Bissau, Libya, South Africa, Zambia and Ethiopia. He is the author and co-editor of several books on ethnic identity and borderland issues in the Horn of Africa. Additionally, Feyissa has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He has also conducted extensive consultancy works for international organizations, inter alia projects on gender-based violence in Ethiopia for DFID. Currently Feyissa is an ILPI research staff, adjunct professor at Addis Ababa University and a Fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. Feyissa is also attached to ILPI Centre for African Studies as Africa Research Director.