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Chris Abbott

Chris Abbott
Founder and executive director

Chris Abbott is the founder and executive director of Open Briefing. Chris has spent his career protecting others. He worked with frontline environmental defenders in the late 1990s and then spent a decade working at the policy level to protect civilians in conflict during the ‘war on terror’. He now helps NGOs and other social change agents understand and manage their security risks. Chris combines a deep understanding of security risk management with a thorough working knowledge of digital security tactics and qualifications in both Psychological First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. Chris was previously the deputy director of the renowned Oxford Research Group and an honorary research fellow in the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol and in the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford. He is the author of two popular books and over 50 influential reports and articles and is the creator of the Security Risk Assessment Tool (SRAT) and the forthcoming Minimum Operating Travel Security Standards for NGOs (MOTSS).


Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS