Dr Afzal (‘Affi’) Ashraf is Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham School of Politics & International Relations and a consultant fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi). These roles follow a diverse career spanning defence, national security, diplomacy, rule of law and delivery of training and education. After a start in combat aircraft research and development in UK industry, he was commissioned as an Engineer officer in the Royal Air Force (RAF), retiring three decades later as a Group Captain. He has been a trustee with Staywell since 2014.