Mark Jenkins // Associate Director

Expertise: Integrated External Engagement, Security and Political Risk, Creating Shared Value in Complex Environments, Development and Emergency Practice, Islam, Human Rights, Climate Change Adaptation, Shelter after Disaster.
Locations:
Horn of Africa, Libya, Sinai and Ogaden Deserts, Jordan, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, Nigeria, Mozambique, Central Asia.

Mark has thirty years experience managing risk, first as a professional soldier and later in support of the extractive industry high risk oil exploration -on and off shore – and gold in complex environments across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has also worked on the staff of HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammed bin Talal, Special Advisor and Personal Envoy to `HM the King of Jordan, and at the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre. During this time he lived in Amman, and studied Islam at the University of Jordan. Before attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Mark read Theology at King’s College, London where he specialised in the study of Arab and Persian Christian traditions. He also holds a Diploma in Development and Emergency Practice from the Centre of Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes, and is a keen proponent of the Post Development school of thought championed by scholars such as Majid Rahnema and Ivan Illich, as well as EF Schumacher author of “Small is Beautiful.” Mark believes these development ideas have a major contribution to make in the successful mitigation of risk. During his spare time Mark has travelled extensively in the Levant, Africa and Central Asia. Mark’s most recent projects have included the provision of advice to one of the world’s largest gold producers in relation to the Creation of Shared Value in order to achieve a Social License to Operate in a particularly challenging environment. He has also taught business and environmental ethics up to, and including tertiary level.