Artis International Founders

Richard Davis

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Richard Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis International and Artis Looking Glass. The suite of Artis companies conduct interdisciplinary field-based scientific research in conflict areas, build local programs and policies to move people toward less violent outcomes and develop technology applications to interface with social media platforms to understand and model the dynamics of human behavior in politically unstable conflict environments. The Artis companies work with governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and private sector entities in risk management and conflict resolution and mitigation efforts across the globe.

Richard holds several active appointments in the University of Oxford, including: Founding Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict in the Department of Politics and International Relations; Research Fellow, Changing Character of War Centre (Pembroke College); Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College; and Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations. His other appointments include: Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University; Chairman, Permanent Monitoring Panel on Intergroup Conflict of the World Federation of Scientists; Chairman of two private companies.

Richard served at The White House as the Director of Prevention (terrorism) Policy.  Prior, he was the Director of the Task Force to Prevent the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect (framework for the prevention of the smuggling of nuclear materials) and the Director of the Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee for two different Secretaries at the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Richard has been a Senior Policy Fellow at RTI international, a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, led a non-profit international development organization dedicated to the education and development of youth, including crime prevention, prevention of radicalization and conflict mitigation, and a school administrator and teacher.

Richard has authored or co-authored articles and publications on energy, international security, political violence and terrorism.  He is the author of a book entitled: Hamas, Popular Support & War in the Middle East, published by Routledge in 2016.  His most recent written work addresses the neurological and behavioral factors for the willingness to fight and die – an empirical study from the front-lines in Iraq with Islamic State Fighters and other militias and fMRI studies (brain scans) of Al-Qaeda members from Pakistan (in-press).

Richard has a PhD from the London School of Economics; an MPA from Harvard University; an MA from the Naval War College; and an MA from Azusa Pacific University. He holds Baccalaureate Degrees in Finance and Social Science from Hope International University.

Scott Atran 2016 Davos photo

Scott Atran

Director Of Research and Co-Founder

Scott Atran is the Director of Research and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis International, and Artis LookingGlass.


Scott is tenured as Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod − Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He is a founding fellow of the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, and Department of Politics and International Relations and School of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford. Scott also holds positions as Research Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, University of Michigan.


Previously, Scott was assistant to Dr. Margaret Mead at the American Museum of Natural History; Coordinator “Animal and Human Communication Program,” Royaumont Center for a Science of Man, Paris (Jacques Monod, Dir.); member of the Conseil Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Ethnobiologie-Biogéographie, Museum National D’Historie Naturelle, Paris; Visiting Lecturer, Dept. Social Anthropology, Cambridge Univ.; Chargé de Conférence, Collège International de Philosophie; member of the Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Visiting Prof., Truman Institute, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem; Leverhulme Distinguished Visiting Prof. of Anthropology, Univ. of London-Goldsmiths.; Presidential Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Scott has experimented extensively on the ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict. He has repeatedly briefed NATO, HMG and members of the U.S. Congress and the National Security Council staff at the White House on the Devoted Actor versus the Rational Actor in Managing World Conflict, on the Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of Global Network Terrorism, and on Pathways to and from Violent Extremism. He has addressed the United Nations Security Council on problems of youth and violent extremism and currently serves in advisory capacity to the Security Council and Secretary General on combatting terrorism and on ways to implement UN Resolution 2250 to engage and empower youth in the promotion of peace. He has been engaged in conflict negotiations in the Middle East, and in the establishment of indigenously managed forest reserves for Native American peoples.


Scott is a recurrent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian and Foreign Policy, as well as to professional journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. His publications include Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards an Anthropology of Science (Cambridge Univ. Press), In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Oxford Univ. Press), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press, with Doug Medin), and Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What It Means to Be Human (Penguin). His work and life have been spotlighted around the world on television and radio and in the popular and scientific press, including feature and cover stories of the New York Times Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature and Science News.


Scott received his B.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University  and an M.A. in social relations from Johns Hopkins.