John de Boer

Managing Director of SecDev Group appearing on Panel 8: Prevention Dec.3, 12:15–13:30

John de Boer is the Managing Director of SecDev Group and has worked in over 50 countries. An expert on issues of urban security and resilience, he has advised numerous governments, foundations, the World Bank, the United Nations and corporations on how to promote safe and inclusive cities. He has directed innovative programs for the Canadian government and was a senior policy advisor at a UN think tank (the UN University’s Centre for Policy Research). He has also taught at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.

He comes to the Round Table with extensive networks in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. His work has been published by the World Economic Forum, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and The Guardian and in academic outlets such as International Journal, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development and Positions: Asia Critique. He is co-editor of the book Vulnerability and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean (Siglo XXI, Mexico, 2016) in Spanish and two forthcoming books on Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South from Routledge. He has contributed to major international reports including the International Federation of the Red Cross’s “World Disasters Report 2016” and the OECD’s “States of Fragility Report 2016”. He has also served as an adviser to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN-Habitat, the UN World Humanitarian Summit, the OECD and the World Bank.

de Boer is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Japanese and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He is also a Fellow of Harvard University.