Chief of Staff
Gavin Hood is currently the Chief of Staff at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company that has developed the world’s most advanced data integration and analysis capabilities. Palantir’s technologies are used in the government and commercial sectors world-wide. Prior to joining Palantir in 2012, Gavin accumulated more than 14 years of front-line experience as a senior legal and policy adviser. In 2009-2012, he was the first UK legal adviser to the British Embassy in Washington, DC, where he advised on international legal and policy issues, focusing on the national security sphere. He has held a number of positions in the UK Foreign Office, including as the first legal adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. In 1999, he joined the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo, where he monitored and reported on human rights violations and contributed to the development of the justice system and strategies for tackling ethnic-based violence. His experience in the Balkans led him to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where he assisted in the investigation of Slobodan Milosevic. In 2003 he became a senior policy adviser to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, where he was instrumental in building the Office of the Prosecutor from its inception and played a major role in advancing the investigations and prosecutions in Northern Uganda, Darfur, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.