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Dr Alastair Masser is the founder of Toht, a social impact consultancy helping address some of today’s most pressing challenges, from the refugee crisis to climate change. He works with an array of businesses, philanthropists, and charities to help support victims of conflict with a particular focus upon the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa.

He spent the first decade of his career in politics including serving for four years as a UK Government Special Adviser. He holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies, examining UK-Nigerian security cooperation against Boko Haram during the period of Britain’s Coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

He is a Research Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London and teaches at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Joint Services Command Staff College (JSCSC) at Shrivenham. He is co-editor of a new two volume series entitled New Perspectives on Diplomacy, published by Bloomsbury in April 2021.


Research Interests

  • UK foreign and security policy towards sub-Saharan Africa
  • Islamist movements in the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa
  • Diplomacy and security cooperation
  • Gender-based violence
  • Refugees and human trafficking
  • Climate conflict in fragile states