Marco Mezzera is currently on leave from his position as Senior Adviser at NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution. Since 2012 he has managed, among others, the Philippines and the Military Dialogues programs. As part of the Philippines program, he has led since 2014 NOREF’s mediation support to the Norwegian Special Envoy and has been a member of her facilitating team in the peace process between the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.
Prior to joining NOREF, he worked for four years as a research fellow with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”, where he focused on the political economy of democratization and governance in post-conflict and fragile contexts. During that period, he focused predominantly on Pakistan’s various governance challenges. Previously, as a research associate, he spent five years in South-east Asia working for a regional policy research and advocacy organization.
His geographical expertise covers primarily Pakistan and South-East Asia. He holds a MSc in Development Studies from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has co-authored four books and written several articles and policy reports.