Umesh Bawa is a clinical psychologist and academic in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He also serves as a senior team member on key community-engaged research projects led by the University of South Africa's Institute for Social and Health Sciences; and is part of the professional psychology training collective at UWC. He has worked in the fields of violence rehabilitation, trauma and human rights in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Chile. He is a member of the Ethics Standing Committee of the national psychology association, PsySSA. His research, training and clinical interests are in the areas of the psychological effects of violence on children, trauma counselling, the re-integration of ex-combatants and child soldiers in post-conflict countries, and safety and peace promotion.