Rachel Briggs OBE

Associate Fellow, International Security Programme

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Rachel Briggs OBE is one of the leading experts on hostage taking. She was founding executive director of Hostage US and first director of Hostage UK. She was awarded an OBE for her services to hostages and their families.

She is a renowned writer, analyst and commentator on counter-terrorism and national security, has advised governments and multinational corporations, and her work has been covered globally in the media.

She consults with public, private and third sector organizations on strategy, operations, development/fundraising and organizational transition.

Past experience

2021 - present CEO, The Clarity Factory
2015-2020 Executive director, Hostage US
2007-15 Director, Hostage UK
2009-15 Research director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
2008-09 Research fellow, RUSI
2003-08 Head of international strategy, Demos
1999-2003 Risk and security programme manager, FPC