Kaleigh Heard is the Training and Military Engagement Manager at Transparency International - Defence &Security and oversees the engagement, education, training and technical assistance that TI-DS conducts with defence and security forces globally. Prior to her role with TI-DS, Kaleigh worked as a Defence Scientist (Strategic Analysis) for Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, a Strategic Analyst for the Canadian Chief of Force Development and the Strategic Joint Staff. In this role she led Canada’s contributions to the Five Eyes, NATO, and QCJWC on the Futures portfolio, including the development of Canada’s Future Security and Operating Environment products and the Joint Capstone Concept as well as acted as the technical point of contact for the Strategic Joint Staff on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. She also co-led the technical review for the Canadian Defence Policy Review under the Director-General of Capability and Structure Integration, and deployed as a Strategic Analyst on several operations and exercises.
Kaleigh’s technical background is in the protection of civilians in conflict, civilian access to justice during conflict, and civil-military relations during counterinsurgency campaigns. She has worked broadly in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and Haiti. In addition to her professional experience, Kaleigh is an experienced researcher and has held several teaching and research fellowships at the University of British Columbia, the University of Oxford, Yale University, and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. Kaleigh holds a Ph.D in Political Science (University of British Columbia), a Master of Arts in Political Science (University of British Columbia), a Master of Arts in War Studies (Royal Military College of Canada), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations (University of Western Ontario).