Benjamin Wakefield

Research Associate, Global Health Programme


Benjamin has experience working on global health security issues in Nigeria and Ghana and has worked directly with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Africa Centres for Disease Control (ACDC) and a number of other health and security actors across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Canada, the US, the UK and others.
His research is primarily focused on biological security and he is involved in the Chatham House Sustainable Laboratories Initiative and in updating the WHO guidance on the Public Health Response to Chemical and Biological Weapons.
Benjamin has a broader interest in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats and is also involved in work on civil-military relations in public health emergencies and, more broadly, the public health effects of conflict.
He has a background in international relations and holds an MSc in security studies from the Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy at University College, London as well as a BA (Hons) in international relations from Loughborough University and a Diploma of international studies from the University of Technology, Sydney.
In addition to his role at Chatham House, Benjamin is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity (ELBI) Fellow in the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He is also a 2020 OSCE-UNODA Peace and Security Scholar and an associate member of the Global Violence Prevention special interest group at the Faculty of Public Health, UK.