The big security challenges need fresh thinking – terrorism, counter-terrorism, hostage taking, hostage diplomacy, conflict. Corporations, governments, international NGOs all have to manage the impacts of instability, insecurity, and polarization. Old approaches to national security, corporate security and safety in international operations need to be replaced by strategies that are appropriate for the 21st century.
I established The Clarity Factory as an engine room for this new thinking to emerge. We conduct research, thought leadership and consultancy for a range of private sector clients.
I have spent more than two decades developing fresh thinking on security, from policy research and advisory services to governments, to consultancy for corporate security departments and tech clients and building new organizations to deliver unmet needs. My report, The Business of Resilience, has become the blueprint for corporate security management.
I was the first Director of Hostage International and the Founding Executive Director of Hostage US. I spent 15 years in a variety of leadership roles at think tanks, including Demos and RUSI, and am an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. I have advised a range of large multinationals on their security strategies, and consulted with foundations and NGOs on special projects, strategic reviews and interim placements. I co-chaired the European Commission’s working group on tackling online extremism.
I am writing a book about hostage taking and hostage diplomacy.
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