Melvin Sharty graduated from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, majoring in history and sociology. He also is an alumnus of the Community Solutions Program, a professional leadership development program. Melvin has worked in monitoring and evaluation at the Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, taking on roles such as project officer and monitoring and evaluation manager. He also provided quality assurance support for a social accountability project funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
In 2018, Melvin documented the role of youth in peacebuilding and implications for policy review, a project of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders in the Netherlands. His research goals include identifying mechanisms for sustainable peacebuilding during violent crises in sub-Saharan Africa. As a master of global affairs student, Melvin is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.