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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. He worked with frontline environmental defenders in Latin America and Southeast Asia 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 holistic security risks. 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. As a security innovator, he is the creator of the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders, the Minimum Operating Travel Security Standards (MOTSS), the Security Risk Assessment Tool (SRAT), and Frontline Travel, and the co-creator of Frontline Policies. He is also the author of two popular books and more than 50 influential reports and articles. 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.


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