Chris Cushing is an adviser to Open Briefing. Chris has nearly 30 years’ experience in leading humanitarian action, human security strategies and high-level diplomatic initiatives for international aid organisations, the Red Cross, the United Nations, governments, academia and the private sector in over 50 countries. He has directed emergency humanitarian operations in 17 wars and two disasters. Among numerous senior roles, Chris was the director of innovation at the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation, the humanitarian director of Plan International UK and the interim president and CEO of the Forum for Democratic Global Governance. Between 2004 and 2013, he was the executive director and principle research fellow of the Centre for International Cooperation and Security in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Chris is a former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.