Rachel Briggs OBE is executive director of Hostage US, a non-profit that supports hostages and their families, during and after a kidnapping.
Rachel helped to set up and was the founding director of Hostage UK, which she formed with Terry Waite. It was the world’s first support service for the victims of hostage taking.
She relocated to Washington DC to set up Hostage US and leads further international expansion of the hostage movement globally.
She is a distinguished researcher and writer on issues of national security, has advised governments and corporations across Europe and North America, ran a working group for the European Union on the use of technology in tackling terrorism and is a regular media commentator.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Global Center on Cooperative Security which works with governments around the world and international institutions to tackle the challenge of violent extremism.
She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition for services to hostages and their families.
Areas of expertise
- National security
- Countering violent extremism
- Foreign policy
|2015 - present||Executive director, Hostage US|
|2007-15||Director, Hostage UK|
|2009-15||Research director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue|
- Western Foreign Fighters: Innovations in responding to the threat with Tanya Silverman, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2014
- Foreign Fighters: The challenge of counter-narratives with Ross Frenett, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2014
- New Alliances in Foreign Policy in One Nation in the World: A new foreign policy for the left, M Roberts and U Storck (eds.), Fabian Society, 2013
- Review of Programs to Counter Narratives of Violent Extremism: What Works and What are the Implications for Government? with Sebastien Feve, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2013
- Anatomy of a Terrorist Attack: What the Coroner’s Inquests Revealed about the London Bombings with Jennifer Cole, Margaret Gilmore, Valentina Soria, Occasional Paper, RUSI, April 2011