Dismas Nkunda "is Co-Director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative and is based in Kampala, Uganda. Dismas was previously Africa Coordinator of the International Refugee Program at Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) where he was responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing advocacy strategies to enhance refugee protection in Africa. Before joining Human Rights First, Dismas worked as Program Officer for Africa Humanitarian Action, an African NGO that provides relief to displaced populations across the continent. An award winning journalist, Dismas worked as reporter for many years for newspapers in Uganda, where he covered politics and conflicts in the Great Lakes region, including the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Dismas graduated with an M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2001). He also holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Makerere University, Uganda (1992) and a certificate in the study of refugees and forced migration, University of Dar Es Salaam, Faculty of Law, Tanzania (2000)."