Gustavo Payan is an international development specialist with experience in conflict-affected and fragile environments. An impassioned advocate education in crisis and conflict and school-based violence prevention, he builds programs and influences policy to foster peace and security through promoting access to learning and livelihoods. Gustavo is currently the senior technical advisor and Deputy Chief of Party of the Asegurando la Educacion project in Honduras. He also serves as a co-chair of the Advocacy Working Group from the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

Prior to DAI, Gustavo served as a lead facilitator of conflict-sensitive education trainings, launching INEE’s global initiative and supporting UNICEF Colombia’s efforts. He managed and provided technical assistance to education and youth development projects in Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and the Philippines, focused on issues such as out-of-school children and youth, accelerated learning, technical and vocational education and training, and transparency in education and livelihoods. Gustavo, an Edward Mason Fellow, is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his favorite role is being a dad.



Sakil Malik

Sakil Malik is DAI’s Senior Global Practice Leader for Education. He has more than 23 years of experience working in international development and international project management, focused on education in conflict programs.

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