Dan Williamson is the safety and security lead at Open Briefing. Dan coordinates and provides expert input to our safety and security team working with civil society and grassroots organisations across the world. He also works directly with individual defenders, community organisations, NGOs, and private foundations, particularly those at extreme risk or with complex needs. Dan has completed over 25 security audits, developed over 30 security risk management frameworks, and is a lead contributor to our series of open resources for human rights defenders. Before joining Open Briefing in 2017, Dan worked in the humanitarian and development sector for 10 years. He was the first global security manager for Marie Stopes International, where he previously served as the South Sudan country director. He also worked as interim head of mission, project coordinator, and operations manager in Zimbabwe, Darfur, and Iraq for Médecins Sans Frontières and as a project manager in Swaziland for PSI. Dan currently lives in Southeast Asia.
Safety and security lead