Project Director, US; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
Xenia Wickett
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+44 20 7314 3606


Xenia Wickett is the project director of the US project and the dean of The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. Prior to this she was the executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation, based just outside Geneva.

From 2005 to 2009 Xenia was at Harvard’s Belfer Center where she was the director of the Project on India and the Subcontinent and the executive director for research, as well as being a member of the Center’s board.

From 2001 to 2005, she served in the US State Department in numerous positions including in the Bureau of South Asia, the Bureau of Nonproliferation and the Homeland Security Group.

After September 11, 2001 she was assigned to the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to work on homeland security. Her final position in government was as director for South Asia at the National Security Council (NSC).

She is the author of numerous articles and op-eds and has been interviewed frequently on radio and television. She has previously worked in the private and non-profit sectors and in international organizations, in the US, UK, and Israel and the West Bank.


  • US foreign policy
  • America's role in the world
  • Geopolitics in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal)
  • US policy towards South Asia


2009 - 2011Executive Director, PeaceNexus Foundation
2005 - 2009Executive Director for Research, Director for the Project on India and South Asia, Member of the Board, Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
2004 - 2005Director for South Asia, US National Security Council
2001 - 2004Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of South Asia and the Bureau of Nonproliferation, US State Department. Office of the Vice President, Office of Homeland Security
1999 - 2001Masters in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School
1997 - 1999Program Officer, Direct Relief International
1995 - 1997Consultant, The Kalchas Group
1992 - 1995BA, Oxford University

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