I’m recovering war zone junkie/humanitarian professional who recently transitioned from Baghdad to the US. I also dwell part time in Ireland. 🇮🇪
Professionally, I have directed policy, advocacy, research and communications programs for the United Nations the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), foreign militaries, NGO’s, civil society, academia, think tanks and private sector.
I’ve lived/worked in conflict zones (Iraq, Ukraine) and in ‘calmer’ locales like Bulgaria, Ireland, Liberia and Ghana. In the US, I’m roamed between Washington, D.C, San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu and Chicago. I’ve avoided mortar shelling and dodged sniper fire in Eastern Ukraine, crouched behind T-walls and razor wire in Baghdad, chased ISIL near Mosul and laboured over my dissertation near a roaring peat fire in the West of Ireland (Guinness in hand). Whether I’m gossiping with Ukrainian Babushkas, dodging rickshaws in India, wandering the Souks of Marrakech or haggling in the Istanbul’s bazaars, I am happiest when exploring. And even happier when capturing humanity through photography.
I’ve an insatiable curiosity about the world and a tenacity for changing it for the better. I like to uncover what makes humanity tick. Wanderlust is embedded in my DNA and I’ve a relentless thirst to explore. My experiences help 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.
I was likely born in the wrong century. I dig 1920s literature, B&W photography, film noir, vintage jazz,Super 8 filmmaking, hand written letters, antiquarian bookstores, speakeasies, VW beetles [classics], old cemeteries, shotgun houses and Sazerac.
Research interests: asymmetric & counterinsurgency warfare, peacekeeping, armed non-state actors, the protection of civilians, crisis mapping, military ethics and political theory.