Johan Bergenas is a Senior Associate at the Stimson Center and Program Director for the Partnerships in Security and Development Program, where he directs analysis and manages field projects in the areas of transnational crime, smart technology capacity building, and public-private sector partnerships.
Bergenas has written extensively on transnational security challenges, illicit networks and their impact on economic development in emerging economic regions. He also incubated and manages Project Ngulia, a field initiative that brings together a dozen public and private sector technology actors and builds a new gold standard for natural resource protection through tech and innovation.
Bergenas currently focuses much of his efforts on the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, environmental crime, maritime security and partnerships with the high technology and telecommunications sector. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.
Prior to joining Stimson, Bergenas worked for the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Oxfam America. He has also been a reporter and a freelance journalist for numerous publications, covering a wide range of international and U.S. domestic issues. He holds an honors M.A. degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an honors B.A. degree from the University of Iowa.