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Managing Director/Co-Founder - Tobias Masterton

Toby set up The Adenium Group in 2006. Prior to this, he spent approximately 11 years in the British Army including a number of command appointments during multinational peace support operations, with both the United Nations and NATO, as a peacekeeper and military observer. He has extensive counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and intelligence collection experience with both UK and international forces. Operational service and independent research includes Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gulf War, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda. He has also worked closely with local and international NGOs on issues including demining, refugee returns, human rights and sexual abuse in humanitarian missions, HIV/AIDS awareness and people trafficking.

Mobilised as a former regular soldier in the rank of Major in 2004/5, he led a Divisional Security Sector Reform team for the British Commanding General equipping, training and advising the Iraqi National Guard and Iraqi Army in the British-led south of the country. He also acted as the Intelligence and Operations Adviser and Personal Mentor to the Iraqi Commanding General of all security forces in southern Iraq. He became the only British officer working with the Human Intelligence (HUMINT) department, The Organisation for Intelligence & Security in Southern Iraq (OIS), of the Iraqi Ministry of Defence in Baghdad, Diwaniya and southern Iraq. He drafted a proposal for intelligence and security management between the OIS and the Iraqi government which was adopted by the US forces as the template across Iraq.

Toby has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle & Far East, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds a masters degree from the Department of War Studies, King's College, London (specialising in International Peace Support Operations/Intelligence and International Security), and has conducted further postgraduate study at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), University of Columbia, New York and the Institut Francais d'Annecy, University of Lyon.

He has lectured at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), the Goodenough College, and the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in The Hague. In 2007, he is due to give presentations at Wilton Park, the Conflict, Security and Development Group and the War Studies Society at King's College, London, and to officer cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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