Patrick William Otim earned a BA in humanities from Makere University (2002). He also holds a post-graduate diploma in conflict management and peace studies and a post-graduate diploma in education from Gulu University. He has worked as an information officer for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief and as an information officer for the Straight Talk Foundation. Most recently, Otim worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council as a communication, monitoring and evaluation manager. He has also spent time in Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and Lebanon. Otim's research has focused on the role of the media in conflict transformation and he has written articles on peacebuilding in northern Uganda.