John Lough

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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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 (199598).

He gained direct experience of the Russian oil and gas industry at TNK-BP as a manager in the company’s international affairs team (200308). 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, John is a consultant with Highgate, a strategic advisory firm.

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