Tom Bonsundy-O’Bryan is a 2023 Millennium Leadership fellow and Meta’s head of misinformation policy for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Bonsundy-O’Bryan advises company leadership on crisis response and strategy to combat fake news across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp in more than 120 countries, including during the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine, as well as launching an incubator for fact-checkers in Africa.
A former British diplomat and United Nations political adviser, Bonsundy-O’Bryan served in conflict-affected countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for more than a decade. In postings to Jerusalem, Kabul, Kinshasa, and beyond, he worked on conflict, human rights, and peace process negotiations. He has advised a British political party and its leaders on a progressive strategy for the United Kingdom on the world stage in the twenty-first century.
Bonsundy-O’Bryan has published for outlets including Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs; testified before parliamentary committees in the United Kingdom and France; and has given interviews to Al-Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, and France 24. His first book, Football, War & Peace, was published in 2022, with proceeds donated to the exiled Afghan women’s football team.
Bonsundy-O’Bryan was awarded a UK Kennedy Scholarship to study for a master of public policy at Harvard, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Policy Journal. He graduated top of his international relations undergraduate class at the University of Exeter, conducting field research in Tunisia after the revolution. He lives in the United Kingdom and speaks French and Spanish.