Sandev came to Essential Partners after graduating from Gordon College (Wenham, MA) where he studied Art and Conflict and lead the Campus Dialogue Club. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, he became particularly interested in the dynamics of violence and community dialogue and went on to supplement part of his education with the European Center for the Study of War and Peace in Zagreb, Croatia. As part of his passion in the intersections of Art and Dialogue, Sandev serves as part of the education staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He has also served as a facilitator and instructor at the ArtsBridge Summer Institute for students from Palestine and Israel, as a fellow at the Office of Community Engagement at Gordon College, and as the lead facilitator to the Northern Ireland Trip on Reconciliation and Transformation. Sandev has also worked as a designer at the Return Design studio, Bates Strategic Alliance, ECSWP Croatia, YIHR Croatia where he helped set up the Different Generation network and on other communications campaigns and literary publications.