Mr. Hammond is an award-winning journalist, a fellow with the Center of Media and Peace Initiatives and an alumnus of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences. He is a communications executive with the Commonwealth Africa Initiative and was the chief moderator of the 2018 Commonwealth Africa Summit organized by that organization. He is also a contributor to Newsweek Middle East and his writing has also appeared in the Economist, Al-Arabiya, International Business Times, The Diplomat, and international editions of Esquire and Rolling Stone. A former Cairo correspondent for Radio Free Europe during the Arab Spring, Mr. Hammond has also reported from four continents on issues ranging from the Arab Spring to the M23 rebellion in the Eastern Congo.
As a consultant, Mr. Hammond has worked for the Politico Focus, Oxford Business Group, Global Integrity, and has also worked as a consultant on international aid projects related to conflict issues. In these roles and others, he has worked in Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Bahrain, Jordan, Ghana, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere.
Mr. Hammond was a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy fellow with the government of Malawi. He has also held fellowships from several think tanks including the National Endowment for Democracy, the Atlantic Council, and International Center for Journalists, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America Foundation.
Mr. Hammond has interviewed distinguished politicians from around the world including John Mahama - former president of Ghana, Sid Ahmad Gozali - former prime minister of Algeria, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman.