Dr Benjamin HOUNSELL is co-director of Samuel Hall and Head of Implementation Research. He has 15 years experience as a researcher, technology entrepreneur and development practitioner in low and middle-income countries, with a longstanding background in exploring the role of technology and innovation in the global south. Amongst a number of roles, Benjamin is currently Research Director supporting the British Council and the EU-TF on the Better Migration Management programme, where he leads the strategic development of innovative ICT-based awareness raising tools to better inform irregular migrants, across the Horn of Africa, of safer migration paths and alternative livelihood opportunities. Benjamin has authored multiple innovation studies for a range of organisations including UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Terre des hommes and the Humanitarian Innovation fund . In his work, and as co-chair of the Techfugees Chapter in Kenya, Benjamin encourages collaboration between NGOs, multilaterals, academics and entrepreneurs to develop digital services that better serve refugees and low-income communities.
Benjamin holds a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and a cum laude Master in Development Practice from Sciences Po, Paris. He has also earned multiple honours and awards for his entrepreneurial achievements, including the EBAN Most Investable Business Award, the Scottish Entrepreneur Award and the Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.