Robert Muggah specializes in cities, security, migration, conflict and new technologies. He co-founded the Igarapé Institute, a think and do tank working on data-driven and technology-enabled safety and justice across Latin America and Africa. He also co-founded the SecDev Foundation and Group, organizations devoted to cyber security and stability in the Middle East and Eurasia and in South Asia regions.
He is a regular consultant to the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and to several firms, ranging from Google to McKinsey & Company. Robert received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He is faculty at Singularity University and teaches at universities in Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Between 2000 and 2011, he was research director of the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey.
Robert has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and written and edited seven books on cities, arms control, stability operations, refugees and the rise of digital gangs and cyber cartels. Robert publishes regularly with The Guardian, El País, Foreign Affairs, The Globe and Mail, O Globo, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Wired, and was a speaker at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, World Economic Forum (Davos) and TED conferences in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
He serves on panels appointed by the UN Secretary-General and helps convene a range of international networks, including the Global Parliament of Mayors, where he is co-chair of the advisory group.