Alex Donnelly was commissioned as a Naval Intelligence Officer while still an undergraduate at Cambridge University. An Arabic and Farsi speaker, after graduation he volunteered for attachment to a Special Duties intelligence unit and deployed to Iraq. Alex was seriously injured in an improvised explosive device attack in Basra, and was subsequently medically discharged from the military. He is now blind. Since leaving the military Alex has built a career in academia: his DPhil at Oxford's Department of Anthropology explores conflict in the Middle East, and he holds an appointment at Oxford's Changing Character of War (CCW) Programme. He has also developed an academic interest in Disability Law and Policy, has worked as a consultant within the Department for Work and Pensions' Office for Disability Issues, and holds an appointment at Harvard Law School's Project on Disability (HPOD). Alex has been a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, has been a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, and has won academic grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.