About me

2014-01-04 00.47.05I am a war zone junkie (humanitarian) who has lived/worked in and out of conflict zones for the last several years. I’ve dodged mortar shelling and sniper fire in Eastern Ukraine, crouched behind T-walls and razor wire in Baghdad, chased ISIL near Mosul, navigated mud-holes the sizes of Wisconsin in Liberia and lost myself in Accra’s grand markets (Ghana). I did spend a few years in calmer locations like Bulgaria and Ireland (labouring over a dissertation in Galway. In the US, I’ve lived in Chicago, Washington, D.C, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu. I hope to make New Orleans my new home – at least for a year or two.

Whether gossiping with Ukrainian Babushkas, riding rickshaws in New Delhi, wandering the Souks of Marrakech or haggling in Istanbul’s bazaars, I am most happy on the road. As Kerouac wrote ‘I just won’t sleep, there are so many other interesting things to do.’

I love capturing the vastness and diversity [both beauty and tragedy] of the human condition through photography.

I have an insatiable curiosity about the world and a tenacity for changing it for the better.  My experiences have helped me appreciate the simple bits that make life lovely & amazing.  Exposure + experience breeds humility.

I value adventure over convention and passion over apathy. I dig authenticity, humility, candour and a strong dose of sarcasm, humour and sass.

Aesthetically, I was perhaps born in the wrong century. I love 1920s literature, B&W photography, film noir, vintage jazz, Super 8 film, hand-written letters, antiquarian bookstores, VW beetles [the classic], cemeteries, shotgun houses and sazerac.

Professionally, I direct policy, advocacy, research and communications programs. I’ve worked with the United Nations Iraq, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), various militaries, NGO’s, academia, think tanks, civil society groups, tribal leaders and private sector philanthropists.

I have a modest digital footprint on Academia.edu, LinkedInMediumTwitterFlickr Instagram About Me  and DevEx .

Professional writing portfolio/work samples can be found under the top menu under ‘publications‘.

Research interests: asymmetric & counterinsurgency warfare, peacekeeping, armed non-state actors, the protection of civilians, crisis mapping, military ethics and political theory.


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