Halkano Boru is a peace and conflict prevention practitioner with extensive experience in the support, development, and implementation of governance, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention, including projects preventing and countering violent extremism targeting Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia (Oromia region). Halkano graduated from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology with a BS in disaster management and international diplomacy. He has served as peace and cohesion cluster coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme in Kenya, where he worked to implement the Deepening Foundations for Peacebuilding and Community Security program with government agencies.
Halkano is skilled and experienced in conducting participatory research on natural resource management, conflict, governance, and violent extremism. He is also an alumnus of the YALI Regional Leadership Center, East Africa program, a US Department of State initiative that trains young African leaders. At the Keough School, Halkano plans to study the intersection of violent extremism, non-state armed groups, organized crimes, migration, illicit financial flows, and state fragility. As a master of global affairs student, Halkano is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.