Benjamin Davies is the director of humanitarian research at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI. At the Naval War College, he leads cross cutting research, education simulation and game design within the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program (HRP).
HRP’s mission is to improve the U.S. Navy’s and international militaries’ effectiveness in conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations through innovative education, research, and simulation activities and partner and network with leading universities, humanitarian organizations, and agencies in order to advance civilian-military coordination during humanitarian emergencies in conflict settings and natural disasters.
Benjamin was formerly the Senior Program Manager for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard University where he produced and taught courses, case studies and simulations focused on humanitarian response. He has written and produced a massive open online course with over 50,000 students enrolled since its release in 2016. He has also produced numerous digital cases on issues ranging from earthquakes and typhoons to stampedes and armed conflict. Benjamin joined Harvard to manage operations for the Satellite Sentinel Project team in 2011 and then became the Deputy Director for the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
He has a background in the field of NGO management and strategy working with organizations including Save the Children and Physicians for Human Rights. Benjamin holds a BA in Philosophy and Sociology from St. Lawrence University and a MS in NGO Management and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.