Oliver Wils is a Senior Advisor at the Berghof Foundation; he is also the co-director of the National Dialogue Support Programme in Yemen. Between 2004 and 2011, Oliver was the executive director of the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support. Amongst other things, he initiated a number of dialogue and mediation support projects and a negotiation support programme for armed movements and opposition parties. Before joining Berghof in 2003, Oliver had worked as a consultant in the field of development cooperation. Oliver is a political scientist, with special focus on the Middle East. He earned his PhD on state-society relations in Jordan from the Free University, Berlin.