Ade Clewlow spent the majority of his career in the British Army, less a 16 month sabbatical during which time he was a journalist with the BBC and was Janes Defence Weekly's correspondent in Lisbon, Portugal. His last role in the military was as the senior advisor on Somalia in the UK MoD where he was also a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Somalia Unit. Spending his time on both sides of Whitehall, he led the MoD's contribution to the Somalia conference in 2012 and he authored two military operations, one of which is still running in Somalia. He retired from the military in July 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel, established Setima Consulting, and worked in a strategic communications role in Somalia. He is currently involved in overseas defence education.