At the time of this interview Kristiana Powell was the Security Sector Reform Programme Officer for the United Nations Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, housed in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). When she joined the DPKO in 2007, Powell worked on the emergin security sector reform team. Prior to joining the UN, she had worked with the Canadian research centers Project Ploughshares and the North-South institute. A security sector reform project with the North-South institute is what brought her to Burundi. She earned a master’s degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University.