Dr. Aftab Erfan joined EIO in March 2017 in the newly created position of Director, Dialogue & Conflict Engagement. Within this role, Aftab builds the social and institutional infrastructure to enable members of the UBC community(s) to work with their conflicts as they naturally and inevitably emerge. Previously, she spent four years working as an international consultant, holding space for contentious conversations on four continents within the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors. She holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Fine Arts (UBC), a Masters in Urban Planning (McGill), and a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from UBC, where she has also taught graduate level courses since 2009. She is cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.