Allen joined the Academy in October 2019 as a Research Associate. Allen had numerous internships including working at the Brookings Institute and the U.S.– Japan Bridging Foundation. Allen spent his final 12 months at St Andrews as a research assistant and conducted research to confirm the start date and type of external support to numerous rebel groups in African countries including Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Most recently Allen was working for an Impact Investor on projects including affordable housing in U.S. National Parks and bio-herbicide development in Kenya. Allen graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2018 earning an MA, Honors in International Relations and Modern History.