Walter Kemp is a Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and Senior Advisor to the Cooperative Security Initiative. He has held a number of senior positions with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including Head of the Strategic Policy Support Unit, Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and Senior Adviser to the Secretary General and OSCE Chairmanships.
Between 2010 and 2016 he was Director for Europe and Central Asia and then Vice President at the International Peace Institute (IPI). Previously he served for four years as spokesman and speechwriter at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Dr. Kemp has written extensively on conflict prevention, organized crime, inter-ethnic relations and national minorities, the political economy of conflict, and the OSCE.
Walter, who is Canadian, has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees in political science and history from the University of Toronto and McGill University.