Glada Lahn

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre


Since joining Chatham House in 2004, Glada has worked on a range of international resource-related projects which intersect with geopolitical, trade and development concerns. She has led influential research on energy and water policy in the Arab Gulf, energy in humanitarian relief-to-resilience operations, environmental security, and how climate-related economic transitions affect the prospects for oil and gas producers.

From 2019–23, Glada contributed to CASCADES, a multi-partner EU initiative to assess the transboundary risks of climate impacts and make recommendations on resilience building. As part of this, she co-authored a major report on climate risks and resilience in the Middle East and North Africa region (2022). In 2020–21, she helped facilitate government dialogue leading to the creation of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, launched by Denmark and Costa-Rica in 2021, and continues to work on just transition and economic diversification options for oil and gas producers. She also works with the UK-led Glasgow Partnership for Fair Water Footprints concerning virtual water trade and measures to increase fairness, sustainability and climate resilience in areas of production.

As an independent consultant, Glada has assisted organizations including the International Energy Agency, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Royal United Services Institute, and various UN bodies. She holds a BA in Arabic with International Relations and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies from SOAS.

Past experience

2013-present Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources, Chatham House
2007-08 MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS)
2007-08 Research Fellow, Chatham House
2002-07 Freelance Consultant/Researcher (energy, Middle East, governance reform)
2002-04 Senior Researcher, Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies
1997-2001 BA Arabic with International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)