Henry Severs is an accomplished international development professional with 12+ years experience developing creative solutions to the world's most exigent security challenges, on behalf of public, private, intergovernmental, and not-for-profit clients.
He has extensive international experience at the bilateral and multilateral levels, and on both the delivery and donor-side, affording unique insights to the design, implementation, and evaluation of large and complex development programmes in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS) and limited-capacity environments.
Henry's technical expertise spans a range of contemporary governance, security and stability challenges faced in FCAS, with academic and practitioner specialisms in transnational counter-terrorism (CT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE); combatting human trafficking, migrant smuggling and child sexual exploitation; cross-border conflicts and transnational illicit flows; and international development, foreign policy and diplomacy.
Henry is a funded PhD Candidate, under the Transformation of Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Programme, within PoLIS at the University of Bath. His research examines whether the closer integration of the UK’s international aid, trade, and security policies helps or hinders global P/CVE efforts, and, whether international development, trade, and investment programming can, or should, play a more prominent role in the pursuance of CT objectives overseas.
Henry holds First Class Honours in Criminology and Social Policy from the University of Sheffield, awarded the Vaughan Bevan Prize. He received his Masters with Distinction in Terrorism Security and Society from King's College London, Dept of War Studies, receiving the Kings-WCOSP Postgraduate Essay Prize for his analysis of Al-Qaeda's Western media strategy and their online dissemination of extremist content.
Henry is a distance learner, currently overseas BST+6hrs.
Henry is a Senior Manager at Adam Smith International within the firm's Governance and Stability Practice, where he oversees stabilisation, law and justice and P/CVE portfolios in Southeast Asia, and chairs the company’s cross-business Indo Pacific Working Group.
Henry was previously the Technical Adviser for Violent and Peaceful Behaviours on the UK's £19m Cross-border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme, and the Counter Extremism Practice Manager for Aktis Strategy with oversight of a global P/CVE portfolio throughout MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe
Prior to consultancy, Henry worked for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in Southeast Asia spearheading multiagency efforts to combat human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and child sexual exploitation networks in the region. He has also worked for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) under Prof Peter Neumann and at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Counterterrorism Programme for Southeast Asia, developing the capacity of ASEAN member states to more effectively criminalise, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism-related offenses.
Terrorism, Security & Society, MA, King's College London, Distinction
Award Date: 3 Dec 2013
Criminology & Social Policy BA (Hons), University of Sheffield, First Class
Award Date: 22 Jul 2011
- Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism
- International Development
- Governance & Stability
- Fragile & Conflict-Affected Settings
- Countering Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling
- Cross-Border Conflicts
- Transnational Organised Crime
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