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Camille Gallie

Camille Gallie is the wellbeing and resilience lead at Open Briefing. Camille is an executive coach, trainer and NLP practitioner. Based in Senegal, she has been supporting the wellbeing of regional and field office staff in West Africa for the last two years. Prior to that, she spent seven years in the humanitarian sector with Save the Children UK, GOAL, and World Vision, including four years in advocacy and programme management roles in Haiti. Camille is a certified executive and life coach and an accredited Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing (Wraw) practitioner and holds a degree in history and a master’s degree in European studies.

Rosa Levin

Rosa Levin is the finance director at Open Briefing. Rosa was previously the managing director of an iconic and eco-conscious furniture and lighting company in Cornwall, which she transformed from a small owner-run enterprise to a successful business employing 35 people. From 2010 to 2016, she held various finance roles within an international fluid technology group, including financial accountant and a secondment as an international management accountant and an acting financial controller. Before entering business, she worked as an English teacher in Japan for two years. Rosa is a chartered management accountant and holds a degree in history from the University of Warwick.

Dan Williamson

Dan Williamson is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Dan supports private foundations, international NGOs, individual defenders, and community organisations, 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. Dan served as our safety and security lead between 2017 and 2022. Before joining Open Briefing, 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.

Chris Abbott

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.