Simon Rynn is Senior Research Fellow for Africa at the International Security Studies department at RUSI. His experience covers conflict prevention and peacebuilding, stabilisation, security and justice, de-mining, humanitarian, governance and small arms control. His main research focus is on the security of East Africa and the Horn, particularly the security sector, external engagement with stabilisation and peace support operations, as well as economic security and the relationship between security and international development.
Prior to RUSI he held senior advisory and management positions with the UK Department for International Development and later, Foreign, commonwealth and Development Office, United Nations Development Programme, private consultancies as well as director-level positions with humanitarian and peacebuilding organisations the Danish Refugee Council and Saferworld.
Simon holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Leeds, UK.