Founder and Principal, Transparentem
E. Benjamin Skinner is Founder and Principal of Transparentem, an independent, non-profit intelligence unit that investigates upstream challenges in select industries. Previously, he co-founded TAU Investment Management, a private equity firm that generates returns by transforming global supply chains. Until 2013, he was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and was a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011. He was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008,” and in 2011, the World Economic Forum recognized Skinner as a Young Global Leader. Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His 50+ chapters, monographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.