Johann Rebert

Expert Network Expert of the Month – March 2017 Contributor

Johann Rebert has been Deputy Country Representative (Sri Lanka) for the Asia Foundation since 2014. He works on justice, security, and environment programs (including community policing and community mediation) in Sri Lanka. He is also involved in developing reconciliation-related programs and the expansion of the Foundation’s presence in the Republic of the Maldives.

From 2011-2013, Johann Rebert worked for the peace-building organization International Alert, as Country Manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In this capacity, he managed projects designed to engage young parliamentarians and the Sri Lankan diaspora and researched aid effectiveness, political economy, and the impact of climate change on human security. From 2008-2011, he served as Head of Programs for the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, where he had oversight of several conflict prevention activities and was the lead DFID representative with regard to humanitarian projects in the north of Sri Lanka.

Among his other responsibilities, he led BHC funding for the Maldives, which involved setting strategy and providing support to projects related to election monitoring, governance and climate change. Johann also worked for five years as a Strategic Program Manager at Save the Children in Sri Lanka focusing on issues such as juvenile justice, violence in families and schools, peer mediation and issues of children affected by armed conflict.

Johann has a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the Peace Studies Department of the University of Bradford, UK and a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Articles Authored

Community policing in Sri Lanka: a foundation for wider police reform? (1 March 2017) - Community-oriented policing is not necessarily new, but its popularity has grown significantly over the recent past. The purpose of community policing is often to improve community-police relations and ensure greater police responsiveness to local safety and security issues.