Arvid Bell is a scholar and entrepreneur who specializes in negotiation analysis, complex conflict systems, and international security.


He is a Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University where he leads the Negotiation Task Force, an Associate Fellow at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), an expert with the Conflict Analytics Lab at Queen's University, and Partner and Creative Director at Negotiation Design & Strategy (NDS), a U.S.-based training, advisory, and research development group that specializes in multi-stakeholder negotiations in complex environments and high-risk situations.


At Harvard University, Arvid Bell has authored dozens of immersive simulations and case exercises that push the boundaries of traditional teaching methods towards more dynamic and realistic training environments that prepare students and practitioners for the challenges of an increasingly complex and turbulent world. In collaboration with Brian Mandell, the Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School Negotiation Project, Arvid Bell pioneered the integration of negotiation science, complexity theory, and network analysis into “Systemic Multi-Constituency Exercises” (SMCE). The SMCE prototype was featured in advanced negotiation courses and institutes at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Stanford University.


Arvid Bell has taught negotiation trainings to audiences ranging from high school students in Massachusetts to small groups of business leaders and U.S. military officers. He has been invited to speak at conferences in the United States, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, testified at both the German and the European Parliament, and briefed NATO military personnel before their deployment to Afghanistan. He was a Co-Investigator of the MENA Negotiation Report (a collaborative effort of scholars and students from Harvard University, Tufts University, Brandeis University, and IDC Herzliya) and regularly works with public and private sector clients as a negotiation research manager and subject matter expert.


Previously, Arvid Bell was a Research Associate at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and a Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. He is a receipient of the Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellowship and of the McCloy Fellowship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.


Expected to receive his PhD in Political Science from Frankfurt Goethe University in 2018, Arvid Bell holds a dual degree in political science and International Affairs from Free University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.