Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
David Butter

Contact information


David Butter is an analyst of politics, economics and business in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

He has worked as regional director for the Middle East at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and for MEED magazine, where he was editor between 2000 and 2002.

He holds an MA in comparative politics from Sussex University and a BA in Arabic and Persian from Oxford University.

Areas of expertise

  • Politics, economy and business in Egypt
  • Economy and business in Saudi Arabia
  • Politics and economy in Syria

Past experience

2002 - 12MENA Regional Director (from 2007), Economist Intelligence Unit
1984 - 2002Editor (from 2000), Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)