Dr. Lydia Umar is a Nigerian, educationist, and teacher for over 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Studies (2001). She has conducted a number of researches, written and presented papers at conferences, contributed chapters in published books, reviewed journal articles, organized and facilitated workshop. She started development work as volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in 1997. Currently serves as Executive Director of Gender Awareness Trust (GAT), a National NGO in Nigeria.
She is a beneficiary of the UPEACE Faculty and Staff Development Seminars. She is also the Faculty Staff of the West Africa Peace Institute (WAPI). She serves as facilitator at gender, conflict resolution and peace building workshops. She is currently developing training manuals. Dr Omar is current Chair Person Global Conflict Preventive Mechanism now referred to as BEFORE; Regional Board Member- West Africa Network for Peace (WANEP); Board member- (training & capacity building) WANEP Nigeria; Regional Adviser- (West Africa) Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET); Chair- Coordinating Committee Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN); Zonal Coordinator- Nigeria Gender and Constitution Reform Network.