Matt Freear
Adjunct Fellow, American Security Project

Advised on and run communications campaigns for governments, international organisations and militaries in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Washington DC, London and Kenya.

Initially a parliamentary aide in the UK, then communications officer in the Downing Street communications team under Tony Blair, Matt Freear was communications head at the British Embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan, working on Afghanistan for 4 years with the Foreign Office.

He went on to Somalia contracted to the UN with the African Union force and is now based in Nairobi, Kenya, as a consultant working with the European Union, among others.

He has lived and worked in Washington DC and writes for the non-partisan think tank, the American Security Project, and has published research on Somalia.