Margie Ferris-Morris has a Masters degree in nutritional sciences and has advanced studies in conflict mediation and transformation. She has twenty years experience in international development in designing, implementing and evaluating aid programs primarily in the food security, health and conflict resolution arena. She has extensive experience in performance monitoring and evaluation with the public and private sectors, the UN and USAID, particularly with defining conflict performance strategies and indicators.
Ms. Ferris-Morris' other areas of expertise include training and facilitation. She has experience in conflict mitigation and mediation in domestic and multicultural settings. Her publications include the Practical Guide for Standards and Indicators in UNHCR operations (2004); Preparing for the Next Drought: Case Study on Ethiopia; the Monitoring and Evaluation sections of three USAID Conflict Mitigation and Management Toolkits (Youth, Gems and Land and Conflict), among other relevant documents. She is a part-time adjunct staff with American Universitys' Peace-building and Development Institute. She serves on the board of the World Hunger Education Service (WHES). Her overseas experience includes both living in and short-term consultancies in 14 countries, primarily in SE Asia and Africa.