Judy is an ambitious conflict specialist and mediator currently based in Johannesburg. She works at a conflict and development advisory in Sandton that deals with complex conflicts in the Southern African mining industry. She has assisted in the mediation of protracted community-mine conflicts under the mentorship of distinguished mediator and human rights lawyer Brian Currin. Judy has a strong academic record and has most recently completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS (University of London). Her professional and academic specialisations include conflict resolution through institutional design, conflict around resource sharing in rural communities, the role of structural violence and development, and dialogue & trust-building processes. She is both an Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and Chevening scholar, and has done a TEDx talk at the age of 24 about the innovative work she did amidst the Ebola crisis. Judy has significant experience in strategic communications, is a born creative thinker and an empathetic listener. This lays the basis for her mediation and facilitation skills. Judy is passionate about peace building and the conflict-development nexus in South Africa, especially in areas of complex and protracted conflicts around land, natural resources and economic opportunity. She has traveled the African continent widely and is fascinated by its diversity, beauty and stories of resilience.