Galen Englund | International Consulting & Bio
I deliver nuanced, data-driven assessments of conflicts and violent extremism worldwide. With work and educational experience across a broad spectrum of countries and clients, I offer a unique combination of cross-cultural skills grounded by strong qualitative, geospatial, and data analytical capacities. My recent publications:Huffington Post: Deadly Data Gaps: How lack of information harms refugee policy making originally on Refugees DeeplyONE Campaign White Paper: MOVEMENT: Minding the data gaps around displacement, funding, and humanitarian needsONE Campaign Blog: What we don't know about refugees and humanitarian aid US Institute of Peace, RESOLVE P/CVE Network Research: THE GOVERNANCE NEXUS: Surveying the Research on Violent Extremism, Governance Failures, and the Quest for Political Legitimacy The Aleppo Project: Rebuilding Sarajevo (Original Research), mentioned in Syria Deeply and UPI.
Through international engagements with governmental, NGO, academic, and private-sector clients, I consistently deliver high quality, time-critical results. I am also skilled in data analysis across plaforms:-Geospatial and earth observation (ArcGIS)-Quantiative analysis (Tableau & SPSS)-Dashboard designs (Tableau)-Database design (Microsoft Access)
My extensive experience working, researching, and travelling through more than 50 countries means that I offer a global network of resources and the ability to rapidly relocate for engagements.
I have devoted the last eight years of my life to researching violent conflicts, their underlying causes, and how to rebuild societies after devastation. With substantial policy and leadership experience in 50+ countries, including multiple conflict and post-conflict regions. I thrive in challenging settings and enjoy solving difficult, global problems.
Previously, I led 20+ member teams to build data and analysis platforms including GIS & Open Source Intelligence conflict trackers for refugee protection with the US Department of Homeland Security—a project that led to my team receiving the DHS-USCIS Director’s Award for Innovation. Also while in Washington, I facilitated operational planning and authored original research pieces on counter violent-extremism efforts in Kosovo and Bangladesh with the RESOLVE CVE Network at the US Institute of Peace.
As policy manager for humanitarian data and refugee issues at ONE Campaign, I created research paradigms for humanitarian action and conflict, including the MOVEMENT displacement data platform necessitating an in-depth understanding of project cycle management. I also worked extensively to manage external partnerships with over 20 organizations including UNOCHA, UNHCR, and WFP. There, I also prepared reports and held regular briefings on security and conflict analysis for our principals, including the former chief USAID Administrator.
Commissioned by the Shattuck Center for Conflict Negotiation and Recovery, I authored the largest post-conflict reconstruction assessment of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and worked on assessments of European refugee & migration flows from post-conflict regions. I have also developed comprehensive evaluations of GBV-prevention policies, such as the Protocol on Investigating Sexual Violent in Conflict.
I hold an M.A. in Global Public Policy from Central European University and a second M.A. in Development & Public Policy from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionales (IBEI), both of which I attended as an EU Erasmus Mundus Scholar. I also hold a B.A. in Global Studies (Violence, Conflict & Human Rights) from Arizona State University, where I graduated summa cum laude as a Flinn Scholar. When not working, you can usually find me whistling and wandering back streets.
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