Dr José Pascal da Rocha is a political adviser and mediation expert. Recently, he has provided mediation support for UN DPA to the Kampala Talks and he has been working as a mediation expert with UN Women on peace processes, such as the Geneva II peace talks and Colombia.
Pascal has over 16 years of negotiation experience working for the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE, other Regional Security Agencies, Fortune 500 and Multinational companies. He has trained the AU, UNDP, UN FAO, NATO and the OSCE in conflict management processes, project management, as well as strategic planning. His other areas of expertise include extractive industries, national dialogue and reconciliation, gender and monitoring and evaluation. Among his academic credentials, he is a lecturer at Masters of Science Programme in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in the City of New York, and on International Dispute Resolution at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He has written the AU Mediation Support Handbook and he has authored a range of articles on gender and diversity, natural resources management, and political parties. Pascal lives in New York, USA and Durban, South Africa.