The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs was formally launched by the patron of Chatham House, Her Majesty The Queen, on 18 November 2014. It offers potential leaders from around the world the opportunity to get involved and contribute to the work which Chatham House does.

Academy fellows are drawn from government and the broader policy community, the private sector, media and civil society. During their time at the Academy, fellows deepen their understanding of critical issues, learn new skills, develop their networks, and propose new ideas and solutions to complex policy challenges and opportunities. The Academy welcomes approximately 10-15 fellows per year from across the world.


Academy fellowships provide emerging leaders at the mid-point of their careers with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, publish, speak at events, expand their personal networks, and further develop an understanding of critical issues in international affairs, which will enable them to contribute to positive change in their home countries and broader region.

Fellows join a diverse cohort of professionals from a variety of sectors including academia, NGOs, business, government or the media who are looking for the next step or transition in their career. 

During their fellowship, the Academy enables fellows to develop themselves in four key areas:

This is done through three elements that make up each Academy fellowship:

A fellow’s research project is a tool by which they can develop their thinking and understanding of a policy challenge and how it might be overcome or addressed.  It is also a means to gain insights into the process by which research is undertaken by a leading policy institute.

You can refer to our Fellowships page for more details.


Xenia Wickett is dean of the Academy and directs the Chatham House US and the Americas Programme.

She was previously executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation in Geneva, and executive director for research and director of the project on India and the Subcontinent at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Between 2001 and 2005, Xenia served in a number of roles in the US National Security Council, State Department and Office of the Vice President.  

Andrew Swan is assistant head of the Academy.

Andrew has previously worked on the Isle of Man for the offshore division of HBOS plc and subsequently the Isle of Man Parliament (Tynwald). From 2008-12 Andrew was responsible for establishing and managing the Brussels advocacy office for the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, a Dutch NGO representing indigenous communities and de facto states around the world.  He completed an MBA from the Vlerick Business School (Belgium) in 2013.

Alis Martin is the Academy coordinator.

Alis also serves as executive assistant to the research director for Area Studies and International Law, and acting programme manager to the International Law Programme. From 2002 to 2008, as programme manager Alis worked across Chatham House’s Americas, Asia, Europe, International Economics, International Law, and International Security research programmes. Prior to joining Chatham House in 1998, Alis managed the United Nations Peace Forces communications office in Zagreb. She received her BA in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb.

Anne Giles is the Academy officer.

Previously she was responsible for academic and experiential learning at the Foundation for International Education and was programme coordinator for intercultural outreach at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In 2013 Anne completed an MSc in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Amsterdam which followed periods spent working in China, Spain and Latin America.


If you are interested in undertaking a fellowship within the Academy or in partnering in the Leadership Programme, please contact Anne Giles.

If you would like further information on providing funding for the Academy or on partnering with the Academy, please contact Xenia Wickett.

For general enquiries

The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LE

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