John Lough

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme


John Lough is an associate fellow of the Russia & Eurasia Programme.

He began his career as an analyst at the Soviet Studies (later Conflict Studies) Research Centre focusing on Soviet/Russian security policy. He spent six years with NATO and was the first Alliance representative to be based in Moscow (1995-1998).

He gained direct experience of the Russian oil & gas industry at TNK-BP as a manager in the company’s international affairs team (2003-2008).

From 2008 to 2016, he ran the Russia & CIS practice at BGR Gabara, a public affairs and strategy consulting company.

Alongside his work with Chatham House, he has his own consultancy business that focuses on managing investment risk in emerging markets.

Past experience

2016 - present Managing director, JBKL Advisory Ltd
2008 - present Senior research fellow, Institute for Statecraft, Oxford
2008-16 Vice president, BGR Gabara
2003-08 International affairs advisor, TNK-BP
2001-03 Managing director, The PBN Company Ltd
1998 - 2001 Information representative, Central and Eastern Europe, NATO Office of Information and Press
1995-98 NATO information representative, Moscow
1989-95 Lecturer/senior lecturer, Soviet (later Conflict) Studies Research Centre, Sandhurst

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