Left to right: Anne Giles, Andrew Swan, Xenia Wickett, Alis Martin

Xenia Wickett is dean of the Academy and directs the Chatham House US and the Americas Programme. She was previously executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation in Geneva, and executive director for research and director of the project on India and the Subcontinent at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Between 2001 and 2005, Xenia served in a number of roles in the US National Security Council, State Department and Office of the Vice President.  

Andrew Swan is assistant head of the Academy. Andrew has previously worked on the Isle of Man for the offshore division of HBOS plc and subsequently the Isle of Man Parliament (Tynwald). From 2008-12 Andrew was responsible for establishing and managing the Brussels advocacy office for the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, a Dutch NGO representing indigenous communities and de facto states around the world.  He completed an MBA from the Vlerick Business School (Belgium) in 2013.

Alis Martin is the Academy coordinator. Alis also serves as executive assistant to the research director for Area Studies and International Law, and acting programme manager to the International Law Programme. From 2002 to 2008, as programme manager Alis worked across Chatham House’s Americas, Asia, Europe, International Economics, International Law, and International Security research programmes. Prior to joining Chatham House in 1998, Alis managed the United Nations Peace Forces communications office in Zagreb. She received her BA in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb.

Anne Giles is the Academy officer. Previously she was responsible for academic and experiential learning at the Foundation for International Education and was programme coordinator for intercultural outreach at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In 2013 Anne completed an MSc in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Amsterdam which followed periods spent working in China, Spain and Latin America.

If you are interested in undertaking a fellowship within the Academy or in partnering in the Leadership Programme, please contact Anne Giles.

If you would like further information on providing funding for the Academy or on partnering with the Academy, please contact Xenia Wickett.

For more general enquiries, please contact [email protected] or write to:

The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LE