Marco Mezzera is a political analyst and mediation expert with a geographical focus on Asia. In his last position as Senior Adviser at NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, he managed, among others, the “Philippines” and the “Military Dialogues” programs, and in-house Track II mediation efforts. As part of the “Philippines” program, he led NOREF’s mediation support to the Norwegian Special Envoy and was a member of the team facilitating the peace process between the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front. Prior to joining NOREF, he worked for 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.