Bob Kent is a frontier market consultant. He provides competitive business intelligence for organizations that seek to operate in developing and post-conflict markets. Bob combines societal research, atmospherics, strategic communications, predictive analytics, and sustainable development programs to identify the indicators of societal instability, mitigate unrest, and manage risk. He has been interviewed on CNBC and Fox Business News.
Since 2007, Bob has conducted multiple research operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Uganda. The results of these operations have been briefed to multiple corporations, government agencies, and at every level of the Department of Defense. In 2013 he started Hafaza International, Inc., a 501 (C) non-profit organization to help rescue and restore human trafficking victims in Iraq and Syria.
Bob developed his research expertise as a consultant the United States Army Human Terrain Systems (HTS). He pioneered a socio-cultural research methodology that provided military commanders critical socio-cultural information and enabled them to understand how the social networks that effect their operations work and whom to leverage to achieve their desired results. Most recently, Bob served as the Cultural Advisor for the Regional Command South West Commander, in Helmand, Afghanistan and provided expert insight into pre-existing social conditions with potential strategic implications. The command used his analysis of the political consequences of opium to correct fatal flaws in their development, stability, and governance strategies. Bob is a former United States Air Force Intelligence Officer and Special Tactics Officer. He holds a J.D. and has a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.