Belkys López is a specialist in governance and peace-building, with a focus on post-conflict transitions in fragile states. She was a technical advisor for the government of South Sudan on the critical border issues of Abyei. She has worked extensively on conflict prevention and management, examining the impact of trauma and economic instability on peace. Currently she serves as an advisor to KUSH Inc, a South Sudanese-American Non-Governmental Organization and DisasterAid, USA an American emergency relief organization.