Chris ChantHead of Security and Justice

Chris Chant – Head of Security and Justice

Chris is a security and justice sector reform and international development practitioner with 14 years’ experience of programme design and delivery gained both in government and consultancy. As Head of Security and Justice, Chris is responsible for developing and assuring Integrity’s portfolio of security and justice sector reform programming.

Chris began his career in the UK government where he held a number of policy and operational roles on national security, counter terrorism, defence and foreign affairs. He has helped develop Whitehall policies on counter terrorism policing, civil contingencies & urban resilience and the setting up of sensitive legal enquires in Northern Ireland. Additionally he has served as a private secretary to three UK security ministers and was a departmental expert to the Chilcott Inquiry into the Iraq War.

Chris has a track record of designing innovative, problem driven programmes to deliver security & justice sector reform and capacity building programmes overseas. This includes the design of DFID’s largest cross sector justice reform programme in Pakistan and targeted interventions to improve DDR initiatives in Somalia. As an expert on violent extremism, Chris has been involved in efforts to define how existing international development programming can be utilised to effect outcomes that reduce its likelihood within vulnerable communities.

Chris’ programming experience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts includes delivery in Nigeria of one of the UK government’s first overseas initiatives to counter modern slavery. From 2017-2018 Chris was also the programme manager for a flagship programme in the Horn of Africa to support the Federal Government of Somalia to successfully rehabilitate defectors from al Shabaab. He is currently the Programme Director for Integrity’s third party monitoring of DFID migration programming in North Africa and the Sahel. He is also working directly with the UK’s Conflict, Stability & Security Fund to improve delivery of its Egypt and North Africa portfolio of programming.

Chris has a BSc in Political Science from the University of Bristol. He maintains a keen interest in British parliamentary politics and has good knowledge of political systems and policy making contexts across Europe, North America, MENA, East and West Africa and South Asia.

Expertise

Security and Justice Sector Reform, Security Institution Capacity Building, Governance and Accountability, Programme and Project Design and Delivery, Strategy and Policy Formulation, Political Level Engagement, Business Development

Languages

English, French (basic)

Country Experience

Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Somalia, Tunisia

Publications

‘Deradicalisation and Disengagement in Somalia: Evidence from a Rehabilitation Programme for Former Members of Al-Shabaab’, James Khalil, Rory Brown, Chris Chant, Peter Olowo and Nick Wood, Whitehall Report, Royal United Services Institute, 4-18, January 2019, link.

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