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Chris Abbott

Chris Abbott
Founder & CEO

Chris Abbott is the founder and CEO of Open Briefing.

Chris has spent his career protecting others. In the late 1990s, he worked with environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Ecuador and the Philippines, supporting their struggle against multinational oil and mining companies. He then spent a decade working at the policy level to protect civilians in conflict during the ‘war on terror’ and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. During that time, he was 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. Since then, he has written two books and more than 50 articles on security and politics.

At Open Briefing, Chris provides strategic and operational leadership, and leads our funder advocacy work and our resource development, including as lead author of the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders and co-creator of Frontline Policies. He is also a collaborator in the Civc Ecosystems Initiative.

Chris holds a Level 7 Certificate in Security Management, certificates in Psychological First Aid and Mental Health First Aid, a master’s in social anthropology, and a degree in psychology. 

Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and the Vuka! coalition