Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Neil Quilliam

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Neil Quilliam is a senior research fellow with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme. 

Prior to this he was project director of the Syria and Its Neighbours policy initiative and acting head of the MENA Programme, having first joined Chatham House as a senior research fellow in January 2014, before becoming a senior consulting fellow in September 2014. 

He previously served as senior MENA energy adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), senior MENA analyst at Control Risks, London, and senior programme officer at the United Nations University, Amman.

Neil has lived in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE, and has travelled extensively around the MENA region, working on a variety of development, education and research projects.

He has published a number of books and articles on international relations and political economy of Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council states.

Areas of expertise

  • GCC Countries
  • Energy – Middle East & North Africa
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Jordan

Past experience

2014-17Project Director, Syria and Its Neighbours Policy Initiative, Chatham House
2010-14 Middle East and North Africa Energy Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London
2005-10 Head of Desk/Senior Analyst, Middle East & North Africa, Control Risks, London
2003-05 Senior Programme Officer, United Nations Leadership Institute, Amman, Jordan
2002-03Development Consultant, Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development, Amman, Jordan
2002-03 Policy Analyst, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
2000-02 Lecturer (Part-time), Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Amman, Jordan 
2000-02 Programme Officer, United Nations Leadership Institute, Amman, Jordan 
1998-2000 Prince of Wales and King Faisal Scholar, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia