Abdel-Rahman El Mahdi has over 20 years of experience in international development. He specializes in organizational management and development programming, and his thematic expertise is in peacebuilding and human security, civic engagement and democratic transformation. El Mahdi founded and currently serves as the president of the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), a nongovernmental organization that works to achieve greater stability, development and good governance in Sudan. El Mahdi holds leadership positions in and is a member of several national and regional networks, a few of which include the African Democracy Forum and the Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring. He is a Fellow of the Drapers Hill program on Democracy Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University Freedman Spoogli Institute for International Studies.