Dr Hans J. Giessmann is Director of Berghof Conflict Research (BCR) and cares overall responsibility for Berghof operations and research projects. Giessmann holds doctorates in Philosophy and Political Science. He is the co-editor of the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation and coordinates the State and Non-State Relations research programme area. His key research areas are conflict prevention and conflict transformation in fragmented societies and regions with special emphasis on Asia. His list of academic publications comprises over 300 articles, books and essays. In the past 20 years he has supervised many project teams and collaborative projects with international participation. Before coming to BCR Dr Giessmann was Deputy Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg. At the latter he works still as Associate Professor (Political Science). Among other commitments Giessmann is member of the steering group for the collaborative FP7 Project “Peacebuilding Design, Monitoring and Evaluation” which is headed by CARE International UK.