Devin Ellis is the Policy and Research Program Director for the ICONS Project. A policy analyst by training, Devin consulted with ICONS on specific technical content of crisis management and policy research exercises prior to joining the Center full time in 2009. As simulation developer he is the lead designer for all new ICONS simulations, and continuously maintains the range of training and education simulations created for clients in government, academia, and business.
Devin's expertise is in international security, simulating crisis behavior, the use of simulations for training and policy research, conflict mitigation, U.S. national security and intelligence policy, and Chinese foreign policy. He has lived in China where he was at Peking University on a fellowship from the Chinese government, and has published research on crisis communication, and the use of simulations in training and policy planning. Devin has an active interest in understanding and improving the way governments and non-governmental actors understand and manage conflict.
Devin has designed or consulted on successful research, training and education simulations for a range of clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Defense University Af&Pak Fellows program, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the National Flagship Language Programs in Persian and Arabic, the Kennedy School of Government, Ford Motor Co., and ABInBev.