John Campbell is a former career soldier who has spent over thirty years in the military and took part in several wars and operations throughout which he gained his expertise in personal protection and safe working procedures in hostile areas. He has gained this in urban, jungle and desert environments involving terrorists, insurgents, UN peace keeping and conventional conflicts. Following his military service, he joined UNHCR and was employed as a head of field office during the Serb-Croat War, a security advisor in Africa, Somalia, Kenya and Rwanda (and others) before moving to Kosovo where he supported all UN agencies and the NGO community from1998-2000. He was then redeployed to become the UNHCR security advisor based in Jakarta covering the Asia-Pacific region with primary focus in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Indonesia. John has also been a regional training officer based in Tokyo addressing the needs of the UN and NGO community.
His forte is training humanitarian staff to operate safely in dangerous areas. He specialises in mines risk education, hostage survival, counter-terrorism and liaison with the military and insurgents. He is now in semi-retirement alternating between the United Kingdom and Malaysia in the capacity of an on-call security trainer/advisor to NGOs. He has a master’s degree in strategic studies (terrorism and insurgencies).