Dr Bader Mousa Al-Saif

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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Bader Al-Saif is the founding president of Al-Saif Consulting, an assistant professor at Kuwait University, and a non-resident fellow at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

He specializes in the Arabian Peninsula, namely its geopolitics, public policy, culture, reform dynamics, transnational trends, and gender studies. Bader has over two decades of experience researching and working in the Arab Gulf states, most notably as a deputy chief of staff to a former prime minister of Kuwait and a senior vice president of the oil and gas sector at Agility. Prior to this, he was a consultant to the Office of Tony Blair.

Bader is the recipient of various awards and a co-founder of several NGOs in the fields of education, youth empowerment, and transitional justice. He has published numerous peer-reviewed works, contributes policy analyses to multiple outlets, and is frequently quoted and interviewed by renowned media platforms around the world.

He holds a PhD with distinction from Georgetown University, a Master of Education and a Master of Theology, both with honours, from Harvard University, and a Master of Law with honours from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a double major in political science and history.

Past experience

2003 - PresentFounder and President, Al-Saif Consulting
2019 - PresentAssistant Professor, Kuwait University
2012-19Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction, Georgetown University
2010-12Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister of Kuwait
2009-10Consultant, Office of Tony Blair