Academy Associate
Sami Abdel-Shafi

Summary

Sami Abdel-Shafi’s current research focuses on UK and EU foreign policy on Palestine and Israel. Prior to joining Chatham House in February 2015, he represented The Carter Center in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, since 2008. Originally a technologist and business consultant/analyst, Sami also branched into political and economic consulting during his work in Gaza, including several engagements with the private sector.

Sami holds a commerce degree majoring in Decision & Information Sciences from Santa Clara University, California, and has worked for small and medium-sized and Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley. In recent years, Sami has frequently provided analysis and recommendations on Palestinian-Israeli affairs, particularly in the Gaza Strip, to a wide range of mostly foreign audiences, diplomatic missions and organizations. He has published economic and political analysis and commentary in international print media in the UK, including the Guardian and the Independent.

Expertise

  • Palestinian affairs, particularly those pertaining to the Gaza Strip
  • Building trusting relations between organizations including public and private sector
  • Constructive mediation under very adverse conditions
  • Business, economic and political analysis

Experience

2015Academy Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
2008 - presentRepresentative of  The Carter Center
2004 - presentBusiness Consultant – several international organizations such as UNDP and the World Bank
1998-2003Senior Project Manager, Cisco Systems Inc.

Broadcast experience

Some

Languages

  • English (broadcast standard) and Arabic
  • Realigning EU Policy in Palestine: Towards a Viable State Economy and Restored Dignity Research Paper, October 2015
  • 'Gaza needs the world’s help', the Guardian, 2014
  • 'The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a war of equals as some suggest', the Guardian, 2014
  • 'Obama has disappointed Palestinians. But I’m optimistic about his Israel visit', the Guardian, 2013
  • 'The EU must give Gazan hope a hand', the Guardian, 2011
  • 'This is not humane. We need dignity', the Guardian, 2009