Theo Beal

Academy Associate, Asia-Pacific Programme


Theo’s research with the Asia-Pacific Programme intends to examine issues of aid and development, primarily how Japan’s aid strategy interconnects with their foreign policy ambitions in the Indo-Pacific.

Before joining Chatham House, Theo worked in the UK Civil Service at the Department for International Trade in commercial roles focusing on Brexit, Official Development Assistance, and Government-to-Government Agreements. While at the UK Civil Service, Theo completed an MSc in Emerging Economies and International Development at King’s College, London with a focus on the issue of ‘Aid for Trade’.

Past experience

2017 - 2021 2017-2021    Commercial Lead roles, UK Department for International Trade
2018 - 2020   MSc Emerging Economies and International Development, King’s College, London
2014 - 2017 International Food Buying roles, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.
2010-2013 BA (Hons.) History, University of Nottingham