Dr John Sfakianakis

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme


John Sfakianakis is an associate fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme.

He is the chief economist and head of research of the Gulf Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He previously was director for the Gulf region of the Ashmore Group and Chief Investment Strategist for MASIC, a diversified family office in Riyadh.

He also held the position of chief Middle East economist for Credit Agricole C.I.B. and group general manager and chief economist for Banque Saudi Fransi as well as chief economist for The Saudi British Bank/HSBC and chief regional economist for Samba Financial Group.

John has lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and has travelled throughout the MENA region, working on a variety of asset management and private sector led tasks for large international and regional conglomerates.

He is a frequent commentator for Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, CNN and others. In addition, he has published articles in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and the Daily Telegraph.

Past experience

2015 - present Chief economist and head of research, Gulf Research Center
2014-15 Regional director, Ashmore Group
2013-14 Chief investment strategist, MASIC
2011-13 Chief economic advisor, Saudi Ministry of Finance
2009-11 Chief economist, Middle East, Credit Agricole CIB
2009-11 Chief economist and group general manager, Banque Saudi Fransi
2006-09 Group chief economist, The Saudi British Bank/HSBC
2005-06 Chief regional economist, Samba Financial Group