Nick Ottens




Community Manager, XPRIZE

Jun 2018 – Present

Managing a global community of experts to support the foundation’s research and prize designs.

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Op-Ed Writer, NRC

Mar 2017 – Present

Writing columns about Dutch and Spanish politics.

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Founder and Chief Editor, Atlantic Sentinel

Nov 2009 – Present

Writing and editing stories about American and European politics.

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Founder and Chief Editor, Never Was Magazine

Jan 2008 – Present

Writing and editing stories about (alternate) history.

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Political Risk Consultant, GeoQuant

Oct 2017 – May 2018

Made daily political-risk assessments for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Community Manager, School of International Futures

Apr – Sep 2017

Led an online interactive research project about political trends in Latin America, including platform customization, recruitment and user supervision.

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Project Manager, Wikistrat

Jan 2014 – Feb 2017

Developed and led complex interactive scenario-building, policy formulation and red-teaming exercises as well as intelligence monitoring services and wargames for Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, USAFRICOM, and others. Managed hundreds of experts around the world, oversaw the production of 39 reports and edited Wikistrat’s blog.

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Europe Correspondent, The Prague Post

Jan – Jul 2013

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News Editor, De Dagelijkse Standaard

Oct 2011 – Jul 2014


Foreign Desk Intern, EW Magazine

Mar – Jun 2012


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MPhil History of European Expansion and Globalization, Leiden University

2009 – 2011

Thesis subject: Britain’s Nineteenth-Century War on Terror

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BA History, Leiden University

2006 – 2009

Thesis subject: The Causes of the First Anglo-Afghan War