Brian Brivati

Dr Brian Brivati is a specialist with 20+ years experience in designing and delivering courses, networks, and professional development, leadership and bespoke training programmes for universities, government, INGOS, NGOS, and the private sector across twenty countries. Brian has worked as a special adviser to politicians, government departments and civil society organisations in Central and Eastern Europe, Iraq and other Middle East countries. Since 2008, Brian has consulted on action plans in areas such as good governance, the rule of law, theories of change, network creation, and anti-bribery. Since 2008, he has worked with over 200 John Smith Fellows to realize their action plans. His research interests are focused on theories of change based on peer to peer networks for countering extremism and building economic development, the interface between human rights and cyber security, the evolving nature of conflict, and the place of genocide and crimes against humanity in contemporary politics. 

Brian’s academic career evolved from public policy, political history and biography into the teaching of Human Rights. He was Professor of Human Rights and Life Writing at Kingston University. He is Academic Director of the PGI Cyber Academy and Academic Director of Beyond Borders Scotland, an Adviser to Cleave and Co, and Co-chair of the Kurdish Genocide UK advisory council. He was formerly Academic Director of the John Smith Trust. He also sits on the editorial boards of Total Politics and the IPPR Journal. Brian is a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media and a keynote and guest lecturer on a range of topics in the UK and abroad.