Chad Ford is an Associate Professor of International Cultural Studies and Director of the McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding in Hawaii. Professor Ford has a bachelor's degree in History from BYU-Hawaii a master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and has a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School. He has experience as a mediator and facilitator in family, community, organizational and international conflicts. He has worked on conflict transformation projects in the Middle East, Africa, Northern Ireland and the United States. He specializes in large group ethnic, cultural and religious conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He also administers and teaches a new Intercultural Peacebuilding professional certificate program. Professor Ford has also been working closely with the Arbinger Institute and PeacePlayers International spearheading a project in the Middle East that brings Palestinians and Israelis together through the game of basketball. He also was the co-founder and former CEO of Sportstalk.com -- an internet start-up that was purchased by ESPN in 2001. Professor Ford spent several years as a senior editor and writer at ESPN before leaving in 2005 for his current post as the Director of the McKay Center. Professor Ford is the author of several articles about peacebuilding in both academic journals and the popular press.