Toby Fenton works as an Associate Product Manager at Trilateral, having joined the company in 2018 as a Research Analyst. Toby is currently working to support the development of STRIAD through the company’s projects around human security and risk assessment.
From October 2018 to May 2019 Toby worked in the Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) team on Project Solebay, which was funded by the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop a risk assessment tool to support the UK military’s response to modern slavery. During Project Solebay, Toby led the co-design approach to the development of the risk assessment, including engaging with the MOD to understand their user requirements, iterating the risk assessment’s design through user feedback and trials, and acting as the bridge between Trilateral’s research and technology development teams and the MOD.
Toby has a keen interest in international relations and security affairs, including humanitarian intervention, the legal and ethical dimensions of armed conflict, terrorism and insurgency, intelligence, and cyberspace, amongst other areas. He has a growing interest in how technological developments (including artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and cyber domains) affect the nature of international and human security.
Toby’s background lies in research, consultancy and product design within the defence and security space, having worked on projects including: developing a risk assessment on human trafficking and modern slavery in conflict; understanding the impact of cognitive biases in intelligence analysis; analysing defence and security procurement trends; developing a B2B information product for the defence and security sector; defence technology horizon scanning; drivers of insecurity in the Middle East; and others.
Toby has a BSc in International Relations with a focus on security studies, and an MA in International Peace and Security (King’s College London) with a focus on the law of armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and insurgency. His MA dissertation analysed Russia’s attitudes towards intervention in Libya and Syria during 2011-2015.
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