Ben is a writer on modern-day slavery and Principal and Founder of Transparentem. Skinner began his career at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he focused on U.S. foreign policy. In 2003, while on assignment in Sudan for Newsweek International, Skinner met his first survivor of slavery. As a writer, Skinner has infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels, going undercover when necessary. His work has appeared in Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, Travel + Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, among others. Starting in 2009, Skinner was a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University,[not in citation given] where he focused on tracing slavery in corporate supply chains from theaters like the New Zealand fishing industry and Indonesian palm oil plantations to U.S. and Chinese consumer markets. Previously, he was the first fellow for human trafficking at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.