As Senior Manager, Peacebuilding at Humanity United, Bryan leads HU’s Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation initiative in Zimbabwe.
Bryan has over ten years of experience in the fields of human rights, democracy and governance, including research, advocacy and the establishment of an internationally based NGO. He has been responsible for engendering and maintaining relationships with governments, businesses and civil society throughout Africa, Europe and North America as a way to understand complex issues and interests that allow him to embark on cutting-edge research on African trends, setbacks, progress and concerns.
Most recently, he was the deputy project director for Freedom House in South Africa, and has worked for IDASA, an African democracy institute in Pretoria, and the National Endowment for Democracy. Sims served on the Advisory Board for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and was a founding member of the South Africa-Washington International Program, serving on its board of directors from 2006 until 2012. His Ph.D. from Stellenbosch University (2015), Conflict in Perpetuity Examining Zimbabwe’s protracted social conflict through the lens of land reform, explored the role of civil society in conflict mitigation in Zimbabwe.
Bryan received his master’s degree, with honors, in international conflict from the University of Kent, Canterbury. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.